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Aubrey Haynie

Doin' My Time SUGAR HILL SHCD-3870

Aubrey Haynie (fiddle, mandolin,tenor guitar, tenor lute)

with: Mike Compton (mandolin) Dennis Crouch (bass) Jerry Douglas (dobro) Bela Fleck (banjo) Shannon Forrest (percussion) Kevin Haynie (banjo) Roy Huskey Jr. (bass) Gene Johnson (vocal) Alan O'Bryant (banjo, vocal) Don Rigsby (vocal) Bryan Sutton (guitar) Dan Tyminski (vocal) Scott Vestal (banjo)

Cherokee Shuffle / Dark Hollow (w/ Alan O'Bryant, Don Rigsby, Ricky Skaggs) / Leavin' Rosine / Tobacco Patch / Turkey in the Straw / Montgomery Bell / Doin' My Time (w/ Dan Tyminski) / White Bluff / Austin's Dream / Cracker Jack / Foolin' Around / Forty Years of Trouble (w/ Don Rigsby, Ricky Skaggs, Gene Johnson) / Kentucky Hustler / Trouble in Mind

Doin' My Time is Aubrey Haynie's first solo release. But it's not his first time to be recorded. One of the hottest young fiddlers around, and in constant demand for session work, his excellent fiddle and mandolin work have graced recordings by Clint Black, Neal McCoy, Bryan White, George Jones, Trisha Yearwood, Ricky Skaggs, Continental Divide, Lonesome River Band, Lou Reid, Butch Baldassari, Tina Adair and lots, lots more.

Picking up the fiddle at age nine under the tutelage of his grandmother's cousin, six months later he was also playing the mandolin. By age eleven he was playing fiddle contests and touring with a well-known local group, The Bluegrass Parlor Band. The experience served him well.

In 1991 Aubrey joined Aaron Tippin's band and worked with them for a year and a half (after attending night school to finish up high school early). Next he toured with Clint Black for two years. Then came a stint with David Parmley, Scotty Vestal, and Continental Divide. Also, along about this time Aubrey starts pursuing his other dream, that of being a studio musician.

That's when I first learned of Aubrey. His fiddling graced the excellent Doobie Shea release, In the Stanley Tradition. I was amazed by the fiddle work on that album. And not just for the hot fiddle breaks. I was equally impressed by the fills and rhythms he added. Never one to overplay, everything he plays, he plays just right, just enough to add to the song. A fill here, an intro there. His playing displays a subtlety not often found anymore. A desire to be a part of, instead of being the center attraction.

Doin' My Time is the same way. Surrounded by some of the best of the best in Bluegrass, banjos are handled by Alan O'Bryant, Bela Fleck, and Scott Vestal. Bryan Sutton adds some amazing guitar work. Jerry Douglas helps out a bit with some Dobro, and the great Roy Huskey Jr. and Dennis Crouch handle the bottom end. Mike Compton adds some mandolin to two tracks. But it's Aubrey who really shines. Particularly impressive is his mandolin playing. I didn't even know that he played mandolin! On the back cover, Ricky Skaggs asks Aubrey to play mandolin on his album. And Ricky is no slouch on the MandoBlaster his own self. Aubrey plays the mandolin as well as he fiddles. Which is mighty fine. Mighty Fine indeed.

Doin' My Time contains eleven instrumentals, seven of which were written by Aubrey. Containing everything from hard driving traditional bluegrass to Texas Swing, there is even one Dawg-grass tune, "Cracker Jack," and a bluesy rendition of Bob Wills' "Trouble In Mind." The disc starts out running with the traditional instrumental "Cherokee Shuffle." Also covered are "Dark Hollow" with lead vocals by the great Alan O'Bryant and Bob Paisley's "Forty Years of Trouble" with lead vocals by Don Rigsby. "Forty Years of Trouble" should be seeing a lot of airplay. It's a great song and they nail it. But it's Aubreys own instrumentals that really shine: The Monroevian "Leavin' Rosine;" the newgrassy jazz of "Tobacco Patch;" the beautiful "Montgomery Bell;" the traditional bluegrass of "White Bluff" and the wild ride of "Kentucky Hustler."

This is a great disc, right down to the wonderful job Eddie Stubbs does on the liner notes; it's a must-get CD for the bluegrass and fiddle fan. With his technically brilliant, yet passionate playing, Aubrey Haynie will be recognized as one of the great fiddlers. Aubrey Haynie. Remember that name. You will be hearing it a lot. I'm hoping this is just the first of many, many more discs to follow. It's that good.

--Jeff Wall




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