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Jeremy Stephens & Tom Mindte
D
uet singing may be the finest distillation of the high lonesome sound, with its roots lodged deep in the
boulders of the Blue Ridge and its soul in the rarified ether where the Monroes, the Stanleys, the Louvins, the Delmores and the Blue Sky Boys will meet to trade
tunes up in heaven. Now you have the good fortune to encounter Jeremy Stephens and Tom Mindte, linked up for some Old Time Duets. As Tom puts it, “Duet singing is the nexus of music, as I see it. Everything else is peripheral.”

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Mindte, who has produced several recordings with bluegrass virtuosos The Patuxent Partners, is a dynamic mandolin picker and powerful singer well known on the music convention circuit. He recounts that “when Jeremy Stephens happened by our campsite a couple of years ago, carrying a guitar instead of his banjo, I kicked off 'The Lord's Last Supper,' written by one of Jeremy's banjo heroes, Don Reno. Jeremy caught the tenor vocal and the blend sounded pretty good. We discovered that we knew a lot of the same songs, so we decided to do the album.”

Jeremy, a relative newcomer to recording and performing, says he “began listening to old time and bluegrass banjo and guitar players, but some of the first traditional music I ever heard was Dock Boggs, so I've always loved old time music.”

 

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TOM MINDTE
Mandolin & Lead Vocal

JEREMY STEPHENS
Guitar & Tenor Vocal

COLUMBUS STOCKADE BLUES
YOU MADE THE BREAK
ROCKINGHAM CINDY
STORMY WATERS
TRAGIC LOVE
THE CYCLONE OF RYE COVE
DRIFTING TOO FAR FROM THE SHORE
THE EIGHTH OF JANUARY
THEIR LAST FLIGHT
WHAT IS HOME WITHOUT LOVE
TRUE LIFE BLUES
I STOOD ON THE BRIDGE AT MIDNIGHT
HE'S COMING BACK TO EARTH AGAIN
THERE'S AN OPEN DOOR WAITING
THEY SLEEP TOGETHER NOW AT REST
NINE POUND HAMMER
VICTORIA WALTZ
AMAZING GRACE
MARY OF THE WILD MOOR
BLACK MOUNTAIN RAG
SHE HAS FORGOTTEN EVERYTHING NOW 
THE TOUCH OF GOD'S HAND
SPARKLING BROWN EYES


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TOM MINDTE
Mandolin & Lead Vocal

JEREMY STEPHENS
Guitar & Tenor Vocal

COLUMBUS STOCKADE BLUES
IT RAINED A MIST
ON THE JERICHO ROAD
I STOOD ON THE BRIDGE AT MIDNIGHT
SPARKLING BROWN EYES
TRAGIC LOVE
YOU MADE THE BREAK
WHAT IS HOME WITHOUT LOVE
DO YOU CALL THAT RELIGION?
HE'S COMING BACK TO EARTH AGAIN
DON'T FORGET TO PRAY
THERE'S AN OPEN DOOR WAITING


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TOM MINDTE
Mandolin & Lead Vocal

JEREMY STEPHENS
Guitar & Tenor Vocal

THEY SLEEP TOGETHER NOW AT REST
DRIFTING TOO FAR FROM THE SHORE
ARE YOU LOST IN SIN?
THE LOVERS’ QUARREL
THE LIGHTNING EXPRESS
THE LORD’S LAST SUPPER
MANSIONS FOR ME
MARY OF THE WILD MOOR
OUR DARLING’S GONE
SHE HAS FORGOTTEN EVERYTHING NOW
STORMY WATERS
TINY BROKEN HEART
THE TOUCH OF GOD’S HAND