Norman Blake

The Fields of November

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Blake's second album is a thoroughly relaxed affair that did much to establish the sound he would follow throughout the rest of his career, mixing wistful ballads with controlled instrumental material. He demonstrates his musical prowess by playing fiddle, mandolin, and dobro, as well as composing all of the album's songs. His soon-to-be wife, cellist Nancy Short, makes her debut here, as does second guitarist/fiddler Charlie Collins, the partner with whom Blake would record most of his great early instrumentals. Later albums proved that he was one of the most electrifying guitar-pickers of his time, but Fields showed that Blake's overall muse was a gentle one.