Track List: 1. She’s Long – Jimmy Rogers 2. The Outlaw – J.Bolotin 3. Working Man (B.Dover) 4. One Way Track (Ricky Scaggs and Wes Golding) 5. The Loner (B.Dover) 6. Better Slow Down (B.Dover) 7. Say Goodbye (P.Burton) 8. Vamp in the Middle (John Hartford) 9. Get in the Word (G.Place) 10. Forest Ranger (Green) 11. You Don’t Think About Me (Stept/Palmer?Clear 12. Higher Ground (B.Dover) 13. Magnificent Seven (Elmer Bernstein) 14. Great Balls of Fire (Otis Blackwell) plus bonus tracks
BACKBEAT – The Sessions (1990)
Featuring: ‘Radical’ Rick Ide on 5 string Bass; Daryl Melbourne on 5 string Stelling Banjo, Lead and Backup vocals; Andrew Clermont on Fiddle, Mandolin, 5 string Electric Violin, Lead and Backup vocals; Bruce Priddis on 5 piece Drum kit; and Brian Dover on Lead Vocals, Harmonies, Songs and Acoustic Guitar (he’d like a 5-string though). Produced, Engineered & Mixed by Andrew Clermont & Paul Henderson
The Story . . . A Rocking Bluegrass album of New Grass Revival flavour via The Ozark Mountain Daredevils in Oz! Recorded live and late at Tathra Studio (back of Moore Creek near Tamworth), October 1990. All instruments and voices recorded in stereo for stage sensoround reproduction. We put forward our best collective foot, left in laughs & jives plus a good dose of music of the moment & heart.
ANDREW CLERMONT: The borders of music tumble as multi-instrumentalist Clermont challenges the musical moment with his unique ability to be a chameleon on Violin, Viola, Mandolin, Bass, Double bass, Tenor Banjo, Didgeridoo, Dulcimer, or Voice, while also 3 time Australian Bluegrass Guitar Champion!
Jeff Lang literally threw his guitar off at Woodford when their duet performance could go no higher! Seen through the years beside songwriters including – Pat Drummond, Norma Oâ€™Hara Murphy, Brent Parlane, Elizabeth Lord, Greg Champion, The Waifs, Beccy Cole, USAâ€™s Tom T. Hall & Kate Campbell, and creating sound-scapes to their stories. He also recalls a cherished duet with Paul Kelly. Or recently with The (infamous) Pigs – then lately in Europe with powerhouse Rob Longstaff.
Amongst a myriad of recordings for others, and solo CDs â€˜The Longingâ€™ & Homegrown Vol 2 here , there are also releases with his partner players & bands ‘Parris Macleod’, â€˜Totally Gourdgeousâ€™, â€˜Fiddlers Festivalâ€™, ‘Terra Australis’, ‘The Lawnmowers’, ‘BackBeat’, ‘The Supper Club’ and ‘Dya Singh’.
Backbeat – Live, Kicking and Re-mastered Cd review by John Williams
Fans may already have this CD seeing as it was fi rst released twenty years ago and then remastered in 1997. Then again there may be a whole generation who have not heard it and would enjoy it. So here goes. Backbeat is a live recording which is self described as rockin’, bluesy bluegrass and I couldn’t put it better myself. If you love toe tapping music played by accomplished musicians then you will enjoy this CD. The musicians are Daryl Melbourne, Andrew Clermont, Brian Dover, Rick Ide and Bruce Priddis. Four tracks are composed by Dover and the rest are a mix of composers ranging from Jimmy Rogers (Blue Yodel), through Otis Blackwell (Great Balls of Fire) through to Elmer Bernstein (Magnifi cent Seven). And the band does justice to them all. From the opening bars of the fi rst track ‘She’s Long’ you are tapping your toes and you don’t stop until the fi nal notes of the last track ‘Great Balls of Fire’. Bluegrass style tracks I really enjoyed were ‘The Outlaw’, ‘One Way Track’, ‘Better Slow Down’, ‘Say Goodbye’, ‘Vamp in the Middle’, a great fi ddle track, and ‘Get in the Wind’. The quieter ‘Forest Ranger’ is a track worth listening to as is ‘Higher Ground’. ‘You Don’t Think About Me When I’m Gone’ and the bluesy ‘Working Man’ were another couple of great listening tracks. I really enjoyed the bluegrass treatment given to ‘Magnifi cent Seven’ and especially ‘Great Balls of Fire’. They both made for very enjoyable listening and made me see both tunes in a new light. There are also two bonus tracks which are not noted on the cover. This is a CD I can recommend for any reader who enjoys bluegrass.