Various Artists

The Fantastic Pickin' on Series Bluegrass Sampler, Vol. 2

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This is an awfully tired genre that's gone from kitsch to cheese over the years, but listeners looking to get a feel for the flavor of bluegrass interpretations of pop music could do a lot worse than The Fantastic Pickin' on Series Bluegrass Sampler, Vol. 2. While instrumental versions of Counting Crows' "Mr. Jones," the White Stripes' "Seven Nation Army," and Coldplay's "Clocks" sound like Nashville elevator music, the high lonesome harmonies that fuel Iron Horse's rendition of Led Zeppelin's "Rock and Roll" and Cornbread Red's treatment of Green Day's "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" are pretty damn effective.

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