Live at McCabe's (Norman Blake album)

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Live at McCabe's
Live at McCabes Norman Blake.jpg
Live album by
GenreAmericana, bluegrass, folk
ProducerDoug Decker
Norman Blake chronology
Norman Blake/Tut Taylor/Sam Bush/Butch Robins/Vassar Clements/David Holland/Jethro Burns
Live at McCabe's
Norman Blake and Red Rector

Live at McCabe's is an album of American guitarist Norman Blake and Nancy Blake, released in 1975. It was recorded at McCabe's Guitar Shop in Santa Monica, California.

Live at McCabe's was reissued on CD in 1987 along with Directions by Takoma.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]

In his Allmusic review, critic Jim Smith wrote "Long cherished by Norman Blake's fans as one of the greatest flatpicking albums of all time, Live at McCabe's isn't as essential as some of the guitarist's studio records of the time (see Whiskey Before Breakfast), but there's a warm, ramshackle beauty about this concert that is every bit as charming."[1]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Introduction By Nancy Covey" – 0:38
  2. "Nine Pound Hammer" (Merle Travis) – 4:07
  3. "Sweet Heaven When I Die" (Grant) – 3:59
  4. "Introducing Nancy Blake" – 1:10
  5. "Border Widow" (Blake) – 2:10
  6. ""G" Medley: Green Leaf Fancy/Fields of November/Fort Smith" (Blake, Traditional) – 5:35
  7. "Dry Grass on the High Fields" (Blake) – 2:35
  8. "John Hardy" (Traditional) – 5:24
  9. "Arkansas Traveler" (Traditional) – 2:26
  10. "Medley: Bully of the Town/Bonaparte's Retreat/Richland Avenue Rag" (Traditional) – 3:22
  11. "Harvey's Reel" (Blake) – 2:00


Production notes

  • Doug Decker – producer, engineer
  • Kirk Felton – remastering
  • Absalom Jackson – art direction, original cover artwork
  • Jon Monday – art direction, original cover artwork
  • Jamie Putnam – art direction
  • Deb Sibony – design


  1. ^ a b Smith, Jim. "Live at McCabe's > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved June 3, 2015.