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Choice Picks

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Choice Picks collects songs from contemporary bluegrass artists like the Lonesome River Band, Hot Rize, Jerry Douglas, and IIIrd Tyme Out. Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder collaborate on the lively instrumental "Get Up John," while Alison Krauss waxes romantic on "I've Got That Old Feeling." Ronnie Bowman's "Cold Virginia Night," Blue Highway's "Lonesome Pine," and Laurie Lewis' "Who Will Watch the Home Place" are among the album's highlights, along with "High Lonesome Sound," which features Vince Gill and Alison Krauss & Union Station. Performances by Peter Rowan, David Grisman, Herb Pedersen, Vassar Clements, Todd Philips, and Longview make this 20-track compilation a worthwhile and dynamic blend of technique, emotion, and heritage.

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