Charles Sawtelle

Music From Rancho deVille


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Guitarist Charles Sawtelle's business card had exactly one word on it besides his name-no address or phone, just the word "Expert." In the wake of his passing, we are now blessed with Music From Rancho DeVille (ACD-44), the studio recording Charles had been passionately working on with producer Laurie Lewis.

"The Bluegrass Mystery" as he was often called, spent 20-plus years in the Hot Rize bluegrass band with Tim O'Brien, Nick Forster and Pete Wernick. His former bandmates and an array of top drawer musicians including David Grisman, Peter Rowan, Jerry Douglas, Sam Bush, Michael Doucet, Todd Phillips, Norman Blake, Laurie Lewis, Tom Rozum, Flaco Jimenez and Vassar Clements contribute to the heartfelt and soulful musical grace that make up the 16 tracks on Music From Rancho DeVille.

Hearing Charles Sawtelle's touching vocals on tracks like Woody Guthrie's "The Ranger's Command" brings back his soft, sincere speaking voice and all the passion that coexisted with his infallible good manners. Other vocal duties are given to Norman Blake on the Carter Family's "The Storms Are On The Ocean" and "Amber Tresses," and Vassar Clements delivers a craggy and tender version of Lefty Frizzell's "Mom and Dad's Waltz." Of the several instrumentals peppering this disc, the uncompromising beauty of Sawtelle's "My Life Is In Your Hands" reveals his mastery of tone and impeccable taste.

Acoustic Disc is donating the profits from the sale of this album to The Bluegrass Trust, a non-profit fund to help musicians in need, under the direction of the International Bluegrass Music Association.


The Butcher's Dog 191


The Ranger's Command 242


The Newz Reel 154


The Storms Are on the Ocean 248


My Life Is in Your Hands 308


Gonna Paint the Town 132


Chez Seychelles 211


Amber Tresses 200


Mom and Dad's Waltz 274


Aragon Mill 250


Jolie Faye 196


Forsaken Love 233


I Will Always Love You 259


Grand Texas 95


Let's Go Home 214


Angel Band 354


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