New Lost City Ramblers: Mike Seeger (vocals, guitar, slide guitar, dobro, dobro slide guitar, banjo, fretless banjo, banjo-uke, ukulele, mandolin, fiddle, autoharp, cello, harmonica); John Cohen (vocals, guitar, banjo, mandolin); Tracy Schwarz (vocals, guitar, fiddle).
Engineers: Ray Alden, Jim Martin, Bob Read, Bart Reardon.
Recorded at Jim Martin's studio, St. Albans, West Virginia; Bob Read's studio, North Garden, Virginia; Electric Arts Recording, Harrisonburg, Virginia. Includes liner notes by John Coen, Tracy Schwarz and Mike Seeger.
THERE AIN'T NO WAY OUT was nominated for a 1998 Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album.
Personnel: Tracy Schwarz (vocals, tenor, guitar, fiddle, accordion); Mike Seeger (vocals, slide guitar, dobro, fretless banjo, autoharp, mandolin, ukulele, fiddle, cello, pan flute, harmonica); John Cohen (bass voice, guitar, banjo); Elmer Rich (mandolin); Harry Rich (fiddle).
Audio Mixers: Jimmy Martin ; Mike Seeger; Tracy Schwarz; Bobby Read.
Recording information: Electric Arts Recording, Harrisonburg, VA; North Garden, VA; St. Albans, WV.
Editor: Peter Seitel.
Photographers: Russell Lee ; Ed Grazda; John Cohen.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Mike Seeger; Tracy Schwarz.
More than 20 years after the New Lost City Ramblers' last studio recordings, Mike Seeger, John Cohen, and Tracy Schwarz got back together for There Ain't No Way Out, a 26-track celebration of old-timey music, including bluegrass, yodel blues, spirituals, Cajun, and what is usually referred to generically as "folk" music. They haven't lost much of their edge, even if -- by their own admission -- there are younger, sharper players out there in the wake of the path they opened. Highlights include a sweetly sung "God's Gonna Ease My Troublin' Mind," A.P. Carter's "Anchored in Love Divine," the Dixon Brothers' "Weave Room Blues" (which has a Jimmie Rodgers sound to it), "Cumberland Gap," "Shady Grove," "Skip to My Lou," and "Crapshooters Hop." They still harmonize beautifully, their instruments sing even sweeter, and the advantages of modern recording aren't lost on this sharp body of music. The notes, featuring contributions by all three players, are exceptionally detailed and informative about their history, as well as that of the songs. ~ Bruce Eder