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'''''The Bluegrass Sessions''''' is a [[studio album]] by American [[Country music|country]] artist [[Janie Fricke]]. It was first released on August 17, 2004 via DM Records. It was a collection of Fricke's most popular songs [[re-recording (music)|re-recorded]] in a [[Bluegrass music|bluegrass style]]. In its original release, the project received limited attention which prompted a re-release in 2012. Under the New Music Deals label, the disc was re-titled as ''Country Side of Bluegrass''. In its new release, the album received favorable reviews from critics and music journalists alike.
'''''The Bluegrass Sessions''''' is a [[studio album]] by American [[Country music|country]] artist [[Janie Fricke]]. It was first released on August 17, 2004, via DM Records. It was a collection of Fricke's most popular songs [[re-recording (music)|re-recorded]] in a [[Bluegrass music|bluegrass style]]. In its original release, the project received limited attention which prompted a re-release in 2012. Under the New Music Deals label, the disc was re-titled as ''Country Side of Bluegrass''. In its new release, the album received favorable reviews from critics and music journalists alike.


==Background==
==Background==
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==Release and critical reception==
==Release and critical reception==
''The Bluegrass Sessions'' was originally released on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 on DM Records Nashville. It was originally distributed as a [[compact disc]], along with a [[DVD]] that featured two videos.<ref name="Liner Notes 1"/><ref>{{cite news |title=Fricke Releases Bluegrass Album |url=http://www.cmt.com/news/1490363/fricke-releases-bluegrass-album/ |access-date=14 January 2022 |work=[[Country Music Television]] |date=August 18, 2004}}</ref> A digital later appeared.<ref name="Apple 1">{{cite web |title=''The Bluegrass Sessions'' by Janie Fricke |url=https://music.apple.com/us/album/the-bluegrass-sessions/37760457 |website=[[Apple Music]] |access-date=15 January 2022}}</ref> The original release of the album received limited promotional, which ultimately drew little attention to the project. This prompted the album to be re-released in 2012 and re-titled as the ''Country Side of Bluegrass''.<ref name="Bluegrass Today"/><ref name="The Boot"/> The album's track listing was identical for the re-release with the exception of an additional DVD. It was released on January 24, 2012 through New Music Deals as a [[compact disc]].<ref name="Liner Notes 2"/> It was later issued to digital platforms including [[Apple Music]].<ref name="Apple 2">{{cite web |title=''Country Side of Bluegrass'' by Janie Fricke |url=https://music.apple.com/us/album/country-side-of-bluegrass-original/496310092 |website=[[Apple Music]] |access-date=15 January 2022}}</ref>
''The Bluegrass Sessions'' was originally released on Tuesday, August 17, 2004, on DM Records Nashville. It was originally distributed as a [[compact disc]], along with a [[DVD]] that featured two videos.<ref name="Liner Notes 1"/><ref>{{cite news |title=Fricke Releases Bluegrass Album |url=http://www.cmt.com/news/1490363/fricke-releases-bluegrass-album/ |access-date=14 January 2022 |work=[[Country Music Television]] |date=August 18, 2004}}</ref> A digital later appeared.<ref name="Apple 1">{{cite web |title=''The Bluegrass Sessions'' by Janie Fricke |url=https://music.apple.com/us/album/the-bluegrass-sessions/37760457 |website=[[Apple Music]] |access-date=15 January 2022}}</ref> The original release of the album received limited promotional, which ultimately drew little attention to the project. This prompted the album to be re-released in 2012 and re-titled as the ''Country Side of Bluegrass''.<ref name="Bluegrass Today"/><ref name="The Boot"/> The album's track listing was identical for the re-release with the exception of an additional DVD. It was released on January 24, 2012, through New Music Deals as a [[compact disc]].<ref name="Liner Notes 2"/> It was later issued to digital platforms including [[Apple Music]].<ref name="Apple 2">{{cite web |title=''Country Side of Bluegrass'' by Janie Fricke |url=https://music.apple.com/us/album/country-side-of-bluegrass-original/496310092 |website=[[Apple Music]] |access-date=15 January 2022}}</ref>


Overall, ''The Bluegrass Sessions'' and the ''Country Side of Bluegrass'' received mostly favorable reviews from critics. In its original 2004 release, the album received one review from [[AllMusic]]'s Greg Adams, who gave it a 4.5 out of 5 star rating: "It is seldom a major event when a veteran performer re-records his or her old hits, but Janie Fricke's ''The Bluegrass Sessions'' is a happy exception. As the title indicates, Fricke didn't merely re-record her best-known songs -- she reinterpreted them with bluegrass instrumentation and completely new arrangements that differ considerably from the slick country-pop of the originals."<ref name="Allmusic"/> In its 2012, reissue the disc received several more reviews. Jim Moulton of ''[[No Depression (magazine)|No Depression]]'' called it "a real refreshing sound" and found it to have an "excellent bluegrass style".<ref>{{cite magazine |last1=Moulton |first1=Jim |title=“The Country Side Of Bluegrass” – Janie Fricke – A Review |magazine=[[No Depression (magazine)|No Depression]] |date=January 11, 2012 |url=https://www.nodepression.com/the-country-side-of-bluegrass-janie-fricke-a-review/ |access-date=15 January 2022}}</ref>
Overall, ''The Bluegrass Sessions'' and the ''Country Side of Bluegrass'' received mostly favorable reviews from critics. In its original 2004 release, the album received one review from [[AllMusic]]'s Greg Adams, who gave it a 4.5 out of 5 star rating: "It is seldom a major event when a veteran performer re-records his or her old hits, but Janie Fricke's ''The Bluegrass Sessions'' is a happy exception. As the title indicates, Fricke didn't merely re-record her best-known songs -- she reinterpreted them with bluegrass instrumentation and completely new arrangements that differ considerably from the slick country-pop of the originals."<ref name="Allmusic"/> In its 2012, reissue the disc received several more reviews. Jim Moulton of ''[[No Depression (magazine)|No Depression]]'' called it "a real refreshing sound" and found it to have an "excellent bluegrass style".<ref>{{cite magazine |last1=Moulton |first1=Jim |title="The Country Side Of Bluegrass" – Janie Fricke – A Review |magazine=[[No Depression (magazine)|No Depression]] |date=January 11, 2012 |url=https://www.nodepression.com/the-country-side-of-bluegrass-janie-fricke-a-review/ |access-date=15 January 2022}}</ref>


''Bluegrass Unlimited'' found the production of the 2012 re-release to be lacking at times while overall being a "well-played album". "In an era in which contemporary bluegrass continues embracing country and pop, those comments should not suggest that this recording is weak or lacking in interest. Janie Fricke still has a wonderful, flexible voice that can slide from growling to twangy to sultry to pop, and there are a number of good tracks," they concluded.<ref name="Bluegrass Unlimited"/> Ken Tucker of ''[[NPR]]'' gave ''Country Side of Bluegrass'' a mostly positive response in his review. While he found that Fricke's voice had aged considerably, Tucker praised the album overall and ultimately found that she performed with "compelling emotion".<ref>{{cite news |last1=Tucker |first1=Ken |title=Janie Fricke: The 'Country Side Of Bluegrass' |url=https://www.npr.org/2012/01/12/145104592/janie-fricke-the-country-side-of-bluegrass |access-date=15 January 2022 |work=[[NPR]] |date=January 12, 2012}}</ref>
''Bluegrass Unlimited'' found the production of the 2012 re-release to be lacking at times while overall being a "well-played album". "In an era in which contemporary bluegrass continues embracing country and pop, those comments should not suggest that this recording is weak or lacking in interest. Janie Fricke still has a wonderful, flexible voice that can slide from growling to twangy to sultry to pop, and there are a number of good tracks," they concluded.<ref name="Bluegrass Unlimited"/> Ken Tucker of ''[[NPR]]'' gave ''Country Side of Bluegrass'' a mostly positive response in his review. While he found that Fricke's voice had aged considerably, Tucker praised the album overall and ultimately found that she performed with "compelling emotion".<ref>{{cite news |last1=Tucker |first1=Ken |title=Janie Fricke: The 'Country Side Of Bluegrass' |url=https://www.npr.org/2012/01/12/145104592/janie-fricke-the-country-side-of-bluegrass |access-date=15 January 2022 |work=[[NPR]] |date=January 12, 2012}}</ref>
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