Fair Weather (album)

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Fair Weather
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Studio album by Alison Brown
Released 2000
Genre Progressive Bluegrass, Jazz
Length 40:56
Label Compass
Producer Gary West
Alison Brown chronology
Out of the Blue
Fair Weather

Fair Weather is album by American banjoist Alison Brown, released in 2000.

At the 43rd Grammy Awards Brown and Béla Fleck won the Grammy Award for Best Country Instrumental Performance for "Leaving Cottondale".

Guests include Stuart Duncan, Darol Anger, Vince Gill and Tony Rice.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

In his Allmusic review, music critic Rick Anderson wrote that Brown "returns to her bluegrass roots on this beautiful and exhilarating album. Well, sort of... much of this is bluegrass music of a type that Bill Monroe might not recognize... The album's most thrilling moments come on the complex and exhilarating "Leaving Cottondale," which is both one of the prettiest and one of the most technically impressive of Brown's compositions. Here she's joined by fellow banjo maverick Bela Fleck for one of the most jaw-dropping passages of twin-banjo counterpoint ever put on tape. Call it bluegrass, call it newgrass, call it jazzgrass, whatever. This is one of the best albums of 2000 in any genre."[1]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Alison Brown unless otherwise noted

  1. "Late on Arrival" – 2:32
  2. "Fair Weather" (Dorham, Golson, Libbea) – 3:06
  3. "Poe's Pickin' Party" – 3:45
  4. "Every Day I Write the Book" (Elvis Costello) – 3:30
  5. "The Devil Went Down to Berkeley" – 4:23
  6. "Hummingbird" (Hewerdine, Russell) – 3:58
  7. "Girl's Breakdown" (Traditional) –3:44
  8. "Everybody's Talkin'" (Fred Neil) – 3:47
  9. "Deep Gap" – 3:54
  10. "Shake and Howdy" – 3:14
  11. "Leaving Cottondale" – 3:21
  12. "Sweet Thing" – 1:42



  1. ^ a b Anderson, Rick. "Fair Weather > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved July 31, 2011.