Bill Frisell - guitar
Viktor Krauss - bass
Jerry Douglas - dobro (tracks 1-6,9-10,12)
Ron Block - banjo (tracks 2,6,8,11,13-14) acoustic guitar (tracks 3, 7)
Adam Steffey - mandolin (tracks 2-3, 6-8,11, 13-14)
Robin Holcomb - vocals (tracks 3,6,13)
Pat Bergeson - harmonica (tracks 2, 8)
produced by Wayne Horvitz
recording and mixing engineer: Roger Moutenot
mastering engineer: Greg Calbi
1. Gimme A Holler
2. Go Jake
3. One of These Days
6. Will Jesus Wash the Bloodstains From Your Hands
7. Keep Your Eyes Open
8. Pipe Down
10. We're Not From Around Here
11. Dogwood Acres
13. The End of the World
Guitarist Bill Frisell's classic album Nashville,first released on Nonesuch Records in 1997, received its first worldwide vinyl release on November 23, 2018. The vinyl edition, as its second Cornerstones title ("records that we believe should be a foundational part of everyone's music collection"), was mastered for vinyl by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound in a two-LP set pressed on 180g vinyl at Record Industry in the Netherlands. The set comes in a gatefold tip-on jacket made at Stoughton Printing with outtake photos from the sessions. Limited to 3,000 copies worldwide, the Nashville vinyl edition is available now.
Bill Frisell's Nashville evokes a distinct American regional flavor and marks an entirely new chapter in his career. In natural succession to recordings like This Land and Have a Little Faith, Nashville provides a deeper look into Bill Frisell's long-standing fascination with Americana. It is a departure from the traditional jazz quartet, both in its instrumentation and repertoire.
Recorded in the country-music capital of the world with some of this country's finest musicians, Nashville features Adam Steffey (mandolin) and Ron Block (banjo), of Alison Krauss's band Union Station; Jerry Douglas (dobro), widely known for his work with artists ranging from Jerry Garcia to Hank Williams, Jr.; and Viktor Krauss (bass), a veteran of Lyle Lovett's band. Frisell originals and a few covers make up this record, including Neil Young's "One of These Days" and Skeeter Davis's 1963 hit "The End of the World," both sung by Robin Holcomb.
When asked about creating Nashville, Frisell said: "One day Bob Hurwitz at Nonesuch asked me, 'How would you like to go to Nashville and make an album?' Who, me? This had been done before. I'm thinking of a couple of my all-time favorite albums. Bob Dylan's Blonde on Blonde and Gary Burton's Tennessee Firebird. But, wow. Me? The dictionary defines avant garde as 'new and unusual or experimental ideas.' I know some folks didn't quite see it that way, but for me, this was the most avant garde thing I'd ever done. It was a big step into the unknown. I didn't know what I was getting myself into. I was scared, but as soon as I got there I was welcomed with open arms. All kinds of doors were opened. Everyone wanted to play. The music took over. I learned many new things. I made many new friends. My mind was blown. I'll be forever grateful to Bob Hurwitz and Nonesuch for giving me this extraordinary opportunity."