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Best of the Bluegrass Mandolin

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Best of the Bluegrass Mandolin collects tracks from 15 modern exponents of bluegrass mandolin styles, including the Osborne Brothers' "Forked Deer," Marty Stewart's "Roanoke," and Col. Jim Silvers and Kenny Blackwell's "You're the Nearest Thing to Heaven." Along with new interpretations of traditional bluegrass melodies and new pieces in the old traditions, the collection also features fusions of bluegrass with pop and rock, such as David West's whimsical version of "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds," Brent Truitt's turn on Santana's "Black Magic Woman," and Kenny Blackwell's unique twist on "Samba Pa Ti." A worthwhile collection, particularly for those unfamiliar with the mandolin's versatility, Best of the Bluegrass Mandolin showcases the diversity of the instrument and contemporary bluegrass itself.

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