|Three August Nights|
|Live album by Northern Lights|
|Genre||Bluegrass, progressive bluegrass|
|Label||Prime CD Records|
|Northern Lights chronology|
Three August Nights is a live album by the progressive bluegrass band Northern Lights. After the departure of Jake Armerding, the band plays as quartet with guest fiddler, Vassar Clements. This would be the last album for Taylor Armerding, the only founding member remaining in the group.
Northern Lights was an American Progressive bluegrass band formed in 1975 in New England, which musical career spanned more than three decades. Known for a progressive style of bluegrass playing, the band went through a number of line-up changes through the years and included such personalities as Alison Brown or multiinstrumentalist Jake Armerding, son of founding member Taylor Armerding, who started playing with the band full-time at age of 14, but played occasionally when he was 12. As of 2009, there is no founding member left in the group. Guitarist Bill Henry, who joined the band in 1982 assumed the leadership role and Northern Lights continue to play without interruption as a quintet, consisting of two generation of musicians - Bill Henry, John Daniel and Alex MacLeod as well as young players Eric Robertson and Mike Barnett. The band has issued 10 studio and 1 live recording with Vassar Clemonts. Most of which are, unfortunately, out of print today. From 1990's "Take You to the Sky," to recently released One Day(Fifty-Fifty Music), the band has fused an eclectic mix of traditional roots music, rock, country, soul and gospel with the high, lonesome vocal sound and instruments of bluegrass. Three of their records also reached the top ten of Bluegrass Unlimited’s National Bluegrass Survey. The Northern Lights have decided to disband during early spring 2010. Their final show was on March 13, 2010 at Rose Garden in Mansfield.
Vassar Carlton Clements was a Grammy Award-winning American jazz, swing, and bluegrass fiddler. Clements has been dubbed the Father of Hillbilly Jazz, an improvisational style that blends and borrows from swing, hot jazz, and bluegrass along with roots also in country and other musical traditions.
with Vassar Clements - violin
Old & In the Way was a bluegrass group formed in 1973. It was composed of Peter Rowan, Vassar Clements (fiddle), Jerry Garcia, David Grisman, and John Kahn. When the group was forming, it was intended that John Hartford would be the fiddle player. Based on Hartford's engagements, and Clement's reputational stature in the bluegrass community, Clements became the group's fiddler.
Will the Circle be Unbroken is the seventh album by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, with collaboration from many famous bluegrass and country-western players, including Roy Acuff, "Mother" Maybelle Carter, Doc Watson, Earl Scruggs, Randy Scruggs, Merle Travis, Pete "Oswald" Kirby, Norman Blake, Jimmy Martin, and others. It also introduced fiddler Vassar Clements to a wider audience.
Old & In the Way is the self-titled first album by the bluegrass band Old & In the Way. It was recorded 8 October 1973 at the Boarding House in San Francisco by Owsley Stanley and Vickie Babcock utilizing eight microphones mixed live onto a stereo Nagra tape recorder. The caricature album cover was illustrated by Greg Irons. For many years it was the top selling bluegrass album of all time, until that title was taken by the soundtrack album for O Brother, Where Art Thou.
That High Lonesome Sound is the second live release of bluegrass music by Old & In the Way. Like the first one, Old & In the Way, it was recorded at the Boarding House in San Francisco in October 1973. It was released in February 1996.
'Breakdown' is the third live release of bluegrass music by Old & In the Way.
Aereo-Plain is a 1971 studio album by American bluegrass singer-songwriter and instrumentalist John Hartford. It reached number 193 on The Billboard 200 chart.
Steam Powered Aereo-Takes is a collection of outtakes, demos and jam-sessions from John Hartford's groundbreaking 1971 album Aereo-Plain, released in 2002. The music is a blend of traditional bluegrass musicianship, and the hippie spirit of the '70s. The other members of the Aereo-Plain Band were Norman Blake, Vassar Clements, Tut Taylor, and Randy Scruggs.
Old & In the Gray is a bluegrass album released in 2002 by the surviving members of the band Old & In the Way – Peter Rowan (guitar), David Grisman (mandolin), and Vassar Clements (fiddle). Banjoist Jerry Garcia and bassist John Kahn, both of whom were deceased, were replaced by Herb Pedersen and Bryn Bright, respectively.
Norman Blake/Tut Taylor/Sam Bush/Butch Robins/Vassar Clements/David Holland/Jethro Burns is a studio album recorded by American musicians Norman Blake, Tut Taylor, Sam Bush, Butch Robins, Vassar Clements, and Jethro Burns and British bassist Dave Holland. It was released in 1975.
Take You to the Sky is the fourth album by the progressive bluegrass band Northern Lights.
On the Edge is the third album by the progressive bluegrass band Northern Lights.
Before the Fire Comes Down is the second album by the progressive bluegrass band Northern Lights.
Northern Lights is the self-titled debut album by the progressive bluegrass band Northern Lights, recorded in 1976 under the Revonah Records label.
Can't Buy Your Way is album by the progressive bluegrass band Northern Lights.
Wrong Highway Blues is the sixth studio album by the progressive bluegrass band Northern Lights. The band plays as a quintet for the first time on this album, as Jake Armerding, son of mandolinist Taylor Armerding, joins the band on violin and harmony vocals. He played as a full member of the band since 1992, at the young age of 14, but started performing gigs with the Northern Lights at the age of 12.
For the similarly titled 1974 Stevie Wonder song, see "Living for the City"
Another Sleepless Night is a live album by the progressive bluegrass band Northern Lights. Taylor Armerding, the last founding member, left the group after this album to support his son Jake Armerding on his career. Jake Armerding plays as a guest on this album.
New Moon is an album by the progressive bluegrass band Northern Lights. In 2003, three members of Northern Lights, Taylor Armerding, Dave Dick and Christ Miles, left the group, leaving Bill Henry to build a new band from the scratch. He recruited four new members, so that the band become quintet again: Ben Demerath on guitar, Mike Barnett on violin, Joe Walsh on mandolin and John Daniel on bass. This is also the first album in group's history, which doesn't feature 5-string banjo but two acoustic guitars instead.
Live at the Boarding House: The Complete Shows is a four-CD live album by the bluegrass band Old & In the Way. It was recorded on October 1 and October 8, 1973, at the Boarding House in San Francisco, and contains the complete concerts from those dates. It was released by Acoustic Disc and Acoustic Oasis on October 1, 2013. The album includes 55 tracks, 14 of which were previously unreleased.