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The Molly Rose Band

With All Due Respect

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The Molly Rose Band got its start with some chance encounters among four talented musicians in the Danville, Virginia area, and grew into a coalition combining a smooth traditional style, song-writing expertise, and shared respect for the bluegrass legacy. Bandleader and songwriter Lynwood Lunsford brings banjo prowess honed in work with greats like Jimmy Martin and The Lost and Found; Mark Hudson plays guitar and contributes sturdy lead singing along with some of his own songs; mandolin player David Lewis displays his high, clear tenor voice and Gary Baird offers baritone harmonies along with his skill on the stand-up bass.

The title of this project expresses the group’s wish to pay homage to the first generation of bluegrass, a musical form that, it’s been said, started out perfect. Molly Rose Band fans already appreciate how closely the group conforms to that high standard, and this production offers further proof. more.....

Eddie Adcock

Vintage Banjo Jam

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This narrow slice of a mere glimpse into Eddie Adcock's banjo style/s from more than half a century ago nevertheless provides a treasure trove of what we should call avant-garde wonders. Jazzy, bluesy and rocking though his playing has always been, if the spectrum of his musical career were seen as a circle, this diverse collection of tunes displays a mere few degrees of it, a slice in time and type. more.....

Andrew Vogts

Sasquatch with an Alien on its Head

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  To tell you the truth, I didn’t know who Andrew Vogts was until I was asked by Patuxent Records owner Tom Mindte to play bass on a solo project of his that Tom was producing. Once I got into the studio and heard him play it was clear that it wouldn’t be long before a lot of folks were going to know the name of this very talented and versatile young fiddler. more.....


Rob Benzing

 

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  In the world of bluegrass these days, tradition and innovation are gradually falling into the hands of a younger, very talented generation. Rob Benzing is an outstanding example of why that should happen. He fell in love with the bluegrass sound when he was a kid, listening to and learning from the greats—Don Reno and Earl Scruggs—and was playing the banjo by the time he was ten. 
  Now he’s found his ground, stepping out with a project that demonstrates a full command of the instrument and the wide range of tunes—both classic and progressive-- that go with it. He’s assembled a sparkling constellation of fellow artists to showcase his abilities and theirs: Danny Knicely on guitar; Taylor Baker on mandolin; Mark Schatz on bass; fiddler Patrick McAvinue;  vocalists/ instrumentalists Jacob and Joey Mosley, Scott Brannon, and Tom Mindte.      more.....

Tom Ewing

Adventures of a Blue Grass Boy

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Between 1986 and 1996, while I was one of Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys, I had many great adventures. But few equaled the ones involved with the making of these recordings. Unfortunately, most were released on cassette tapes at a time when the CD was making cassettes obsolete, and I was unable to afford to convert them to the new technology. Now, thanks to Tom Mindte of Patuxent Music, I can share these adventures with you.      more.....

Frank Maloy, Paul Anastasio, Casey Driscoll & Friends

Stop, Look and Listen

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The Wild and Wonderful World of Frank Maloy:

“Doom, Blang, Doom, Blang.” When you hear this, you know that Frank Maloy is counting off one of his many original tunes. No “One, Two, One, Two, Three, Four” for Frank. He prefers to use his late Brother Joe's count-off. Naturally, if playing a waltz he waltz he would count “Doom, Blang, Blang.” As with so many aspects of Frank's life, his way might be considered a bit out of the box. Highly musical, but just a little different.                  more.....

Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show

Sho Nuff Country

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While growing up in Texas in the 1960s and learning to play music, I had no idea of the historical significance of the area where I lived, its musicians and the impact it had on the development of American Country music. Limestone County, Texas was not only my home but was the hub of a music hotbed which produced legendary figures Bob Wills and Cindy Walker, with the adjoining counties producing Hank Thompson, Willie Nelson and Lefty Frizzell. These musicians developed, or at the very least contributed, to the development of two major styles of Country music, Western Swing and Honky-Tonk. It still amazes me today when I think about it. It is something I am very proud of and I never pass up the opportunity to exercise my bragging rights.                    more.....


Corrina Rose Logston

Bluegrass Fiddler

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Clearly, Corrina has studied the masters – Kenny Baker, Jimmy Buchanan, Howdy Forrester, Clark Kessinger, Buddy Spicher and a host of others, known and unknown. Then, suddenly (dramatic theatrical music stab right here) I heard a tune which made me think, “How did I miss that tune?  I need to learn that!”  So I called Corrina to see who wrote it.  It turns out that she wrote it.  I should have known.  Later in the CD, the same scenario repeats itself.  She contributed two masterful tunes to this recording, “Sandridge” and “Honeycat Hornpipe.”  Add to what I said in the last paragraph that she can also write fiddle tunes which can fool us into thinking they came from a master composer.  Well, they did! more.....

Audie Blaylock and Redline

The Road that Winds

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Perhaps the most difficult problems facing bands of any genre is the desire to grow, stay relevant, honor one’s identity, satisfy fans, and make every project better than the last. That last issue has resulted in a bit of a gap between bluegrass powerhouse and Grammy-nominee Audie Blaylock and his band Redline’s last two projects, but the wait is over, and fans are liable to think it worth the wait.
This project signifies yet another strong step in the evolution of the group, which marks banjoist Evan Ward’s return to the band, joining Blaylock on guitar, fiddle favorite Patrick McAvinue, and bassist Reed Jones. It is this fusing of the band’s tradition with its future that makes this latest effort, as Blaylock recently suggested, “our best work to date.” more.....

The Moontrotters


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Isabella Gorman, Luke Barnhill, Victor Furtado, Lauren Wasmund


Jordan Tice

Horse Country

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Jordan Tice is a singular voice on the American roots music scene. Over the last ten years, he has developed a reputation as a unique and versatile guitarist and prolific composer of some of the most thoughtful and well-crafted tunes of his generation. Just like the greats of the past, Jordan has a voice and aesthetic that is all his own with which he filters the sounds and conventions of American Music into something unique. On his latest release, “Horse County”, he also demonstrates a unique voice as a songwriter and singer in addition to his known guitar and tune-crafting skills.  more.......

Jan Knutson

Looking Both Ways

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Jan Knutson is a remarkable guitarist.

Listen to his sensitive phrasing on “Sophisticated Lady” or “Beautiful Love.” The melancholy and longing of the lyrics pour out in his notes – they say he knows intimately the mystery of love and what it means to lose it.  They say he’s experienced these powerful emotions many times.

But how can that be?
He’s 17 years old.  Really.

That makes Jan Knutson a remarkable musician. more.......

Frank Wakefield & Leon Morris


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“After mastering Bill Monroe’s style of mandolin in the 1950s and 60s, Frank Wakefield was encouraged by the father of bluegrass himself to create his own style on the mandolin. This famous meeting of the mandolin minds and its results have been well-documented, both on recordings and in print. What has not been emphasized previously is Wakefield’s songwriting talent. This album showcases several of his songs, some collaborations and some by his “own self.” Canadian born Leon Morris settled in the Washington DC area in the late 1950s. He partnered with Buzz Busby for several years and continues to  preform with his own band, Leon Morris and Associates. In addition to his singing and superb lead and rhythm guitar playing, Leon’s songwriting skills are presented here as well. more.......

Danny Paisley & the Southern Grass

Weary River

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What you have here is the real deal...great bluegrass music of the purest type. It's a rare form of bluegrass these days, but it's the kind that many of us grew up with, still remember, and still prefer. And It's not too often that you find current active bands doing this style of music. I'm talking about REAL bluegrass music.
Real bluegrass music is about soul and honest emotion. It's the kind of sound that gives you goosebumps and makes the hair stand up on the back of your neck. And to get that sound it takes a group of musicians who get along and respect each other, working together as team to deliver soulful and emotional music with hard-hitting, raw energy. The Southern Grass is one of the few bands today that delivers this kind of bluegrass.  ...more

Bryan Deere

Too Hot to Handle

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"It came when I was nine years old..."
... my dad Jerry Deere's friend Bill Carroll, one of the founders of Rebel Records, came to us and they took me down to a festival. We went down to Take it Easy Ranch, probably about 1971. I'm not sure, all I know is I was nine years old. When we went down there I saw The Bluegrass 45, a band from Japan, come running out on stage with striped pants on, and I was nine years old, and it floored me. there was other bands there, John Duffy was there, and it just changed my life."
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Rick Franklin & Tom Mindte

Dancing with my Baby

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Rick Franklin and Tom Mindte  – a meeting of musical minds—exciting, electrifying (but not electric), and at times just plain elegant. Drawn from a shared repertoire of way-back laid-back blues, country, ragtime, and swing, Dancing With my Baby will pack your head with images both upbeat and lowdown, from the alehouse .

Both members of this dynamic duo often perform around their home base, the Maryland/DC & Virginia area, and as far afield as the UK and Australia. ... more

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