Francois Spannenburg / G&CO / Rocky Top

Soloist supreme!

Great flatpicking intro and high energy in this version of the standard "Rocky Top." Good drum beat and lots of flash. The harmonica adds a lot and lifts this to another level. Harmonies are right on and I'll best this blows them away live. The slower start to the solo caught my ear. It's kind of classical and would do Django Reinhardt proud. All in all a very fun version and a delightful romp. The guitar, harmonica and banjo all bring energy. Good job and keep rocking that Bluegrass! :)
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Rocky Top

Ain't no sound like this! This is Pure Moonshine to Bluegrass Lovers! Fresh and inventive with the drums and my favorite harmonica player. Excellent guitar riffs with fiddle in the filler, stunning instrumentals! I just gotta move my feet to that beat! This would be a hit anywhere in The Appalachian Mountains and even Tex Mex for a Texas Two Step!. I love your sound. I hope you will tour America & GB very soon!
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Full Throttle, Toe Tappin, Side slappin, Grab your Girl Dancin Fun!!

Francois Spannenburg and contributors will melt your shoes off... or clogs. Get ready to dance. Song begins with scorching acoustic guitar riffs. But hold onto your pants if you can keep up with the intense non stop 'give me more' by this Tennessee Rocky Top drummer you won't be disappointed. Get into the rhythm and drum beat as the lead vocalist supported by strong harmony vocals has the perfect southern style accents perfect pitch, great tone and just nails every verse. Francois's harmonica solidly playing in the back ground pushes the song along. But wait there's more here comes the guitarist with an impressive solo 'hill billy style.' But hold on to your BBQ'd ribs and mug of suds Francois rips your heart out with a blazing harmonica solo and if that's not enough who ever is pickin' on that banjo brings entire package home and seals the deal! This is a really fun song all skilled players good arraignment, recording is balanced has a professional mix and quality you would expect from artists such as these. This is great song with great musicians here is a perfect example of hard work paying off!
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A li'l Rocky on the Top

I usually don't review in the critique vernacular, but that's what you asked for. So, here it goes. The Tempo is good for Bluegrass. Not too fast, but not slow either. It's pretty much in the pocket, so to speak. The melody flows effortlessly at this pace, which is great. The instrumentation is mostly appropriate, but with no mandolin or fiddle there isn't any real bluegrass flavor since both of these instruments are tuned to the same scale and are at the root of all bluegrass music. Either you have to have one...or the other. Now on the other hand, you have a smokin good banjo player and a real mean guitar picker playing together which helps make up for the lack of the fiddle and mandolin to a large degree. The blues harp also helps to fill in the gaps along with that classic bluegrass triad vocal arrangement supported by strong female vocals. So, as an ensemble, this lineup has definite appeal. Plus this is helped a lot by the musical competency and performance quality that the players bring to bear. For what y'all lack in having "Classic Bluegrass Instrumentation" you make up for with skills, execution, and imagination. That being said, personally, I would have liked to have heard more of Francois's magic harp. He didn't even take a solo. That would have added a whole different dimension to the song as whole. I hope that there are plans to incorporate more of is playing in your version of this bluegrass classic. Also, the guitar solo starts pretty slow and uninteresting when we know that this guy can burn up the neck on that thing. He gave it away during the introduction to the song! Why did you do that? He (or she...) should be burning it up from the time that they start that solo. They can slow down for that soulful emphasis in the middle or the end, but not at the beginning. Playing it that way just doesn't sound right. As I said before, on a whole this is a nice sounding version of this Bluegrass Classic, but if you don't use a fiddle or mandolin, put more Francois in there for sure. Thank you for listening to me ramble ;)
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Hi

I must say this is not a Best of Your song..I like the arrangement and instrumental part .a Harmonica and banjo are great but vocal part not so much but a Energy is Great..I got an idea for You..what about do Concerts with focus on Instrumental ( Harmonica) part..I know People will go Nuts because You a GREAT Player..You will Rock The House Down..as it is now it will be hard to pitch it to Music Publishers and Radio Stations ( as a Song)..I wish You good Luck.. Good Job..
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Rocky top review

A good fast moving little tune with a very good start,, bass rolling and good ryhmne guitar picks up the movement as the vocals baCK OFF, LITTLE FRENCH HARP ADDED TO THE TUNE AND KEEPS YOUR FEET MOVING AND MAKES YOU WANT TO DANCE, BANJO NOT BAD EITHER, VOCALS GOOD THROUGH OUT ALL THE ACTION. I woud recommend this tune to set back and enjoy for a spell. Well balanced little catchy number
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A new spin on an old favorite

Great job with your rendition of one of the all time greatest bluegrass tunes. The guitar and banjo really hit the mark and the introduction of the blues harp is genius. Keeping true that the vocals with the 3 part harmonies is also refreshing. Very nicely done.
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Rocky Top

Hi again Francois. It is always a pleasure reviewing your songs. This too does let us down. Right from the start, the train is "barrelling down the tracks" with a full head of steam. Great voices, instrumental proficiency, harmonies. There was a bit of a slow down of the harmonica around the word phrasing "corn from a jar." Your drummer is a machine man. :) Did the banjo stumble a bit at the beginning of its solo? Very good mixing through-out the "trip." In al - AWESOME dude! :) Blessings, Trev :)
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Rocky Top review

Oh yea, a good ole Tennessee standard! Great job! Love the guitar picking introduction.. I do wish the music was a bit louder in the mix. The solos are a good volume, just wish music was a little louder behind the vocals. Usually I like to hear the vocal out front a bit, but Rocky Top is always a good jam song. I'm to the instrumental part now and it's hauling butt, for sure! Loving this rendition!
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Whats up

I like the feeling of the song. I rap. But I listen to a lot of music and this song sounds like you took it off a old classic album. I'm not saying its sound like you stole it. I'm saying it sounds good. It sounds professional like it would be on a theme song for a television show. Good work. Keep doing your thing and keep God first. Much love from Omar
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Rocky Top

This Is What I Am Talking About!!! Love The Lightning Fast Guitar Intro Along with The Fast Female Vocals! The Harmonica Backing This Great Cover Then The Guitar Picking Comes Back In Followed By Francois' Harmonica. Don't Forget The Flying Banjo Reminding Me Of Johnny Hartford, The Vocals Kick Back In And The Tune Finishes With Excellent Harmonica Riff!!! Please Check Out My Album "Johnny O And Friends" On Utube And CD Baby And All Your Favorite Music Sites! Thanks! Johan Oiestad aka: Johnny O
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Knee Slapping" Fun!

I take reviewing other artists real serious. I have my own system for doing so. It's called: AWZ'z N1M HAMMER SYSTEM or "ANHS" for short "AWZ" that's me; "HAMMER" Is an acronym for the 6 catagories of the song being reviewed Your song scored 5☆'s On my ANHS Review This could be your ticket Song! It Has everything a hammer needs to drive the nail home. This Song is a HAMMER Song The HAMMER system is pretty self explanatory. HOOK ☆☆☆☆☆ ARRANGEMENT ☆☆☆☆☆ MUSIC ☆☆☆☆☆ MUSICIANSHIP ☆☆☆☆☆ ENTERTAINMENT ☆☆☆☆☆ RADIO READY ☆☆☆☆☆ If you had gotten anything less than 5☆ in any catagory I would take the time to explain why. Well Done AWZ
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Nice rendition of Rocky Top!

Sounds great overall. Great musicianship. The vocals are nice but be very careful when harmonies meet unison notes to be in tune. This song could actually avoid unison vocals. The vocals are a bit hot. I really like the rendition. Nice job.
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Nice

Nice fast tempo. Very well done harmonies. I like the story good quick drum playing and the guitar solo is nice kind of like old Bonnie and Clyde music. The harmonica is done well my favorite part is the banjo solo. Nice work.
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Smoking Bluegrass!

Although in terms of purist attitudes, harmonica and drums would not be part of traditional Bluegrass, I think your version is one of the freshest and most interesting versions of this song I've heard in a long time! Love the energy and variety of solos. You Dutch guys are showing us up! Keep reinventing traditional American music--you're great!
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