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Jason Carter

That On the Move – 1997 (Rounder)

Reviewed by George Hauenstein

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Jason Carter, 24, is the 1997 International Bluegrass Music Association's Fiddle Player of the Year. As a member of the Del McCoury Band, he is one of the reasons that they are the top bluegrass outfit on the scene today. The McCoury unit backs him up here, as does guitar-wizard, David Grier, fiddler Randy Howard and the Lonesome River Band's Don Rigsby on vocals.

Carter covers a lot of ground: traditional fiddle tunes, "Pretty Little Indian," and "Methodist Preacher,"(a Bill Monroe classic); a speed demon or two, "Back Up and Push," and "Chicken Under the Washtub,"; a Cajun-flavored tune, "Hiding in the Bayou," and the self-penned, "Carter Country." To show he is more than just a terrific instrumentalist, Carter more than adequately handles vocals on the country classic, "Daisy Mae," and "I Could Find a Way."

Carter is one of the top talents in bluegrass music. Like many of today's young players, he draws from the greats of the past but has an eye on keeping his music fresh and interesting.