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31 of Nashville's top musicians have taken some of The Moody Blues'
best-known songs from the 1970s and 1980s and translated them into
bluegrass. Those involved and people who've heard
the result say this is no gimmick.
On the album produced by David Harvey, bluegrass stars from Harley
Allen, Tim O'Brien, and Alison Krauss to Stuart Duncan and Aubrey Haynie are called on to interpret "Your Wildest Dreams," "I'm Just a
Singer in a Rock and Roll Band," and "Nights in White Satin," among
The project is miles away from the standard tribute. The Moody Blues,
who got their start in Birmingham, England, turned out some of the
first concept albums and were innovators in studio production
techniques. Their sound has been described as "symphonic rock"
because they supplemented electric guitars with string arrangements,
synthesizers, and lush vocals with lots of reverb and overdubbing.
Much of that fell by the wayside for the Moody Bluegrass album -- as
a wealth of singers and instrumentalists converted the material into
the bluegrass vernacular. The symphonic sound is now based on
mandolins, fiddle, dobro, guitar, string bass, and banjo -- with some
of Nashville's best voices chiming in with close vocal harmonies.
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