Very excited about this, 11 years! in the making, to be released on Tom Mindte's Patuxnet Records. In speaking with Akira, he says it should be available in 2-3 weeks and will feature the following: (what a lineup...)
Guitars: David Grier, Chris Stifel (Acoustic Outlet, Boney Fingers, Bill Emerson's Sweet Dixie band), Al Petteway, Bill Kirchen, Kenny Smith, Tony Rice, Phil Rosenthal
Banjos: Mike Munford, Eddie Adcock
Fiddles: Rickie Simpkins, Phil Bloch (Grazz Matazz), Janice Martin (check her out on Youtube with 'Janice Martin silk')
Bass: Johnny Castle (Second Generation, Bill Kirchen, Nighthawks), Jason Moore (Mt Heart), Fred Smith (Grazz Matazz), Tom Gary
Vocals: Josh Otsuka, Rick Watson, Chris Stifel
For me, he has been a huge influence over decades. He was a trendsetter back in the day as a young man, playing the bluegrass music with ahead-of-the-curve virtuosity, fire and creative ideas not seen then. And frankly, he showed lots of guts to break into the U.S. as a Japanese mandolin picker. Outside of the classical realm and Dave Apollon, I can't think of another foreign-born picker who has made such a name for himself. And am proud to say I have all of the Bluegrass 45 records (including the first - with Take 5), the Grazz Matazz, as well as numerous records he guested on - Bill Rouse, Cliff Waldron, Fred Geiger, others. And am shamed to say I *still* can't pick Delinquent Minor like it should be...