Byron Berline


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Fiddler Byron Berline is in great form on this all-instrumental studio session released by Flying Fish in 1980. He has several of his Sundance bandmates on hand, including acoustic guitarist Dan Crary, banjo player John Hickman, guitarist Vince Gill (long before his country career skyrocketed him to fame), dobro guitarist Skip Conover, and drummer Mark Cohen. Also present are guitarists James Burton and Albert Lee, pianist John Hobbs, bassist Lee Sklar, as well as pedal steel guitarist JayDee Mannes. Berline is clearly having fun in the studio. With one exception, the focus is on originals by the leader. It's clear that everyone is enjoying himself, as no one player holds the spotlight for long and the solos are passed back and forth between the musicians. All in all, this is a delightful session that easily stands up to repeat hearings.

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