"Un-Nashville" Mandolin Ensemble redefines Three B's with new CD
By SoundArt Recordings
August 27, 2003 - 6:00 pm
Bach, Beatles, Bluegrass, Nashville Mandolin Ensemble
NASHVILLE – August 25, 2003
The Nashville Mandolin Ensemble, described by critics as "one of the most un-Nashville acts," enhances its eclectic reputation with a new CD entitled Bach, Beatles, Bluegrass.
The Nammie Award-winning instrumental group redefines the Three B's of music as it wraps its unique sound around works from a wide array of composers, including Hoagy Carmichael, Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli, Dickey Betts and, as noted in the CD title, J.S. Bach and Lennon & McCartney. The group also introduces new music from composers Charlie Provenza and Roger Hudson, along with fresh, engaging arrangements of traditional music from the bluegrass repertoire.
The Nashville Mandolin Ensemble will offer a sneak preview of Bach, Beatles, Bluegrass with a performance on WPLN's "Live in Studio C" on Sept. 16 at 11:06 a.m., and will formally debut the CD at a Bean Central on Sept. 25 from 7-9 p.m.
Founder Butch Baldassari of Blair School of Music, along with longtime members Stephen Dudash, Walter Carter, John Hedgecoth, Van Manakas and David Spicher, have been blazing this trail of instrumental music for mandolin since 1991. Their All the Rage CD on New World Records, won a Nammie at the 1998 Nashville Music Awards for Best Classical Recording. Bach, Beatles, Bluegrass is their fourth CD and will be followed in late 2003 by a double-CD of live performances from 1991-2001 along with a DVD documenting the NME as a much larger group that featured their late conductor Paul Martin Zonn.
The Nashville Mandolin Ensemble keeps up a steady schedule of concert dates, playing auditoriums and concert halls throughout the eastern half of the U.S. Upcoming appearances in the Nashville area include:
Sept. 16 - WPLN "Live in Studio C" 11:06 AM
Sept. 25 - Bean Central CD Release Party 7-9 PM
Sept. 30 - Billy Block's Western Beat @ Exit In
Contact: Butch Baldassari, 615 292-0324
CD's will be available in mid-to-late September at www.soundartrecordings.com.