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The Okra All-Stars

In the first ’90s, four of the main element artists in the since-defunct Ohio label Okra Details came jointly and produced an album beneath the Okra All-Stars moniker. The cooperation included Dave Schramm (The Schramms, Yo La Tengo), Jeb Loy Nichols (Fellow Tourists), Ricky Barnes (Hoot Owls), and Hank McCoy (Useless Ringers), aswell as mandolin participant Jeff Vogelgesang and fiddle participant Sandy Jones. The self-titled work, which didn’t find widespread discharge until 1999 in the San Francisco-based Innerstate Information, was equivalent in objective and philosophy towards the Byrds’ famous country music record, Sweetheart from the Rodeo; that’s, a couple of hip, fairly young, noncountry performers reveling in traditional nation and root base music. The All-Stars protected such influential people as the Louvin Brothers, Merle Haggard, and Buck Owens (with “I Wouldn’t Reside in NEW YORK”) for your time and effort. The cooperation was certainly casual, nevertheless, as evidenced with the feeling of fun through the entire self-titled album as well as the rollicking finale: a bluegrass edition of Prince’s “Crimson Rain.”

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