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Bluegrass for the Soul: 20 All-Time Hits

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Bluegrass for the Soul features 20 bluegrass spirituals played and sung by some of the biggest names in traditional bluegrass. Tracks by Mac Wiseman, the Osborne Brothers, Don Reno, and Grandpa Jones are highlights, but the lesser-known names acquit themselves nicely too. The Bluegrass Cardinals wrap their full harmonies around four rousing tracks and the three tracks by Carl Story & His Rambling Mountaineers are energetic and filled with some fast and furious picking. The disc is a combination of two genres (spirituals and bluegrass) and is a rousing success. It can be recommended to both newcomers to the world of bluegrass and old hands as well.

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