If bluegrass is the point at which jazz rhythms, blues inflections, Scotch-Irish fiddle tunes, and Appalachian ballads intersect, The Other Side of the Mountain is the place where all of those influences are tossed into the air and reassembled on their way down. While the tracks on this illuminating new collection draw from bluegrass music in different ways, they have in common is the same adventurous spirit that was present at the founding of bluegrass music -- a spirit of innovation as well as the freedom of not being limited by any one musical source.
In its nearly fifteen years of existence, Compass Records has emerged as a premier outlet for unfettered bluegrass explorations. Founded in 1995 by Grammy-winning banjoist Alison Brown and bassist/producer Garry West, Compass’s willingness and flexibility – stemming from it being artist-owned – has made it a haven for creative musicians of all genres. In addition to being an exquisite document of trends in modern bluegrass, The Other Side of the Mountain doubles as testament to Compass’s unflagging commitment to the artistic visionaries at the cutting edge of bluegrass.
Features performances by Alison Brown (w/Vince Gill), Victor Wooten (w/Bela Fleck), Drew Emmitt & Peter Rowan, Matt Flinner, David Grier, Todd Phillips, NewGrange (Tim O’Brien, Mike Marshall, Darol Anger, Todd Phillips, Philip Aaberg, and Alison Brown) and more.