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Live From Silver Dollar City is Monroe Crossing's second live disc. The 17 songs are all requests received while playing at Branson, MO's Silver Dollar City in June of 2007. Also included is some of Matt's classic banter which helps make this disc feel like a live show. With Art, Lisa, Mark, Matt and Benji.
Critical Acclaim for
Live From Silver Dollar City
This latest recording from Minnesota's Monroe Crossing was recorded before an enthusiastic audience at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Mo., and features more than an hour of music and good-natured banter. As expected, there are the usual crowd pleasers ("Fox On The Run" and "Dueling Banjos"), however there are plenty of special performances including Lisa Fuglie's emotional interpretation of "Crazy" and "At Last." Also included are original pieces such as "The Atlanta Church" and the instrumental number "Nail That Catfish To A Tree." Other noted performances include Becky Buller's "The Rain," as well as "Wayfaring Stranger" and Jim & Jesse's "Just Wondering Why." Some skillful emcee work adds continuity to the proceedings. This CD is indicative of Monroe Crossing's ability to perform before a live audience and is must listening for any serious bluegrass music aficionado.
Bluegrass Now Magazine
This is the eighth disc release by this Minnesota quintet, and the live recording from Branson, Missouri proves how popular Monroe Crossing is with fans. Rather than showcasing new material, they’ve chosen to perform newer versions of their most-requested selections.
From the opening cut, "Fox on the Run," through the final medley, "Sally Goodin/That’s What I Like about the South," it’s obvious that this is an entertaining band. The performances are tight without being flashy. The two lead singers, guitarist Art Blackburn and fiddler Lisa Fuglie (who does Patsy Cline justice on a bluegrass version of "Crazy") provide tasteful vocals without being ostentatious. Mandolinist Matt Thompson and bassist Mark Anderson add wonderful harmonies, as heard on the Lutheran hymn, "I Love to Tell the Story." Thompson and banjoist Benji Flaming engage in some friendly competition on the classic "Dueling Banjos," which also has some inspiring audience participation.
The generous 17-track collection includes compositions from Bill Monroe, Jim & Jesse, Dolly Parton, Don Gibson, and Becky Buller. It was recorded at Silver Dollar City over a four-day period in May/June 2007. Thompson is a charming emcee and deejays will be pleased to know there is a separate tracking for songs and introductions. Fans love Monroe Crossing and the band does not disappoint on this highly enjoyable album.