Butch Baldassari and Van Manakas - Leavin' Tennessee
By Mandolin Cafe
July 19, 2010 - 9:00 am
Butch Baldassari and VanManakas - Leavin' Tennessee
Nashville, Tenn. — One of the last projects completed before Butch Baldassari's untimely death, Leavin' Tennessee pairs the late master of the mandolin with longtime guitar picking colleague Van Manakas on an extra-long set of right-in-the-groove bluegrass instrumentals to be released in August on SoundArt Recordings.
Backed by bassist Byron House (Sam Bush Band, Robert Plant) and Scott Vestal on banjo, the duo focuses on an elegant set of old favorites and Manakas originals, with additional brilliance supplied by a rotating cast of fiddlers that includes the incomparable Stuart Duncan, Shad Cobb, Barbara Lamb and even the legendary Bobby Hicks.
Whether they're tearing it up on the hard-driving Fiddler's Dream, laying down some funky acoustic blues on Bossman, gliding through the Fine Waltz or dishing up a deliciously fresh reading of Kenny Baker's classic Bluegrass In The Backwoods, the virtuosity, creativity, tastefulness and intuitive empathy of this remarkable group of musicians is undeniable—and undeniably pleasing.
Bell Buckle Belle
Cotton Patch Rag
Old South Waltz
Lucky from Kentucky
I Am A Pilgrim
Bluegrass in the Backwoods
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