Five years ago at the Clifftop music festival, I met Hunter Walker, a phenomenal mountain dulcimer player who impressed me not only with his skill at the instrument but with his humility and kindness towards others. I was delighted to find out that he picked up banjo a few years later and subsequently reached the final round in the banjo contest at Clifftop. He'll be playing banjo (and a little bit of mountain dulcimer) on this album.
Two years ago at Clifftop, I met Rachel Eddy when she wandered into a jam that I was in and offered to play guitar. I was struck by her precise technique and musicality, as well as her friendly, upbeat personality and her infectious love for the music. She will be playing guitar on this album.
In addition to Rachel and Hunter, I am honored to be having Alex Lacquement playing upright bass on the album. I first met Alex a few years ago, also at Clifftop,
when we played in a band Hunter assembled for one of the contests.
So, here is a video of the group I'd be recording with (though this one has a different bass player). The tune is "Chips and Sauce," by Ira Bernstein, which will be on the album:
At various points during my musical career, people have asked me whether I've made a CD, and I've always told them I didn't feel ready to. I still feel that I can improve as a musician, but I feel ready now to make a CD that I hope can show people the joy that I feel in fiddle music.
The recording session will be the week of January 29 through February 2, at Rachel's house in Washington, DC. We're planning on converting her house into a studio and spending a few days recording.
I expect to have the CD out by late summer or early fall in 2018 -- hopefully in time for a CD release event at Clifftop.
Here's "Tippin' Back the Corn," which is how we ended one of our concert sets. I hope to have this tune on the album as well.
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