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Alan Bibey and Wayne Benson - The Mandolin Chronicles

By Pinecastle Records
February 8, 2013 - 2:30 pm

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Alan Bibey & Wayne Benson - The Mandolin Chronicles

Alan Bibey & Wayne Benson - The Mandolin Chronicles

Columbus, N.C. — Alan Bibey and Wayne Benson, two of the greatest living award winning mandolin players, have joined together to create some of the most exciting bluegrass music in recent history with The Mandolin Chronicles.

The album, to be released March 12 on Pinecastle Records, showcases the pair on ten instrumental tunes and one vocal tune, Another Night, featuring IIIrd Tyme Out's Russell Moore. Bibey and Benson wrote six songs on the album, co-writing three of them.

Other musicians joining them on the album include Ron Stewart on banjo and fiddle, Wyatt Rice on guitar, and Harold Nixon on bass.

"I am really excited about this release. The many 'Two Mandolin' projects that came before this one like Jethro Burns and Tiny Moore or Sam Bush and David Grisman, Bobby Osborne and Jesse McReynolds and of course the Thile/Marshall recording have all been favorites of mine. Making a record like this with Alan Bibey was a highlight for me!," said Wayne Benson

Alan Bibey added, "this is one of the most special and purely fun projects I've ever been a part of. It reminds me of how much fun I had as a kid exploring the mandolin. The band really brought our originals to life as well as all the others. Love the live feel!"

Listen to Black Friday from the recording.


Sweet Dixie
Another Night
Pilgrim's Knob
Waltz For Pamela
Owensboro Train
Black Friday
Wilkes County Breakdown
Now Is the Time
Crazy Creek

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February 08, 2013 03:05 PM
This should be a good one. I don't want to wait. I want to get my copy now!

Jim Jenigen
Bon Air, VA
February 09, 2013 05:47 PM
It'll be interesting to hear this one, especially with a Loar and a Fern!
February 09, 2013 11:38 PM
I've had the privilege of playing both of them mandos! Bibey's Loar is a July 9, 1923 (same build day as Bill Monroe's)
February 11, 2013 08:00 PM
Well, I just got through the first full listen of this recording and the only word that comes to mind is WOW! This has it all - catchy melodies, nifty licks and well-placed harmony twins, all giving a very cool vibe. I hear Monroe, Osborne and Forrester chaneled through these seasoned pros; heck, they even do a Bird tune! On the same hand, the playing is all down on the ground and very accessible. The studio recording is full and even, with copious notes on who's in which channel, who takes the first solo, etc. (but if you know these fellows' styles as I do, it's easy to pick out the picker.) Wyatt Rice, Ron Stewart and Harold Nixon round out the numbers sporting a full band and Russell Moore makes a vocal appearance, with Alan. The luscious tone of those oh-so-vintage Gibson F-5 mandolins comes through loud and clear and is a joy to experience through a good set of speakers or phones.

Clearly, Alan and Wayne had a blast making this recording. This one is gonna live in the A stack for a long time!
February 12, 2013 11:36 AM
What's the story on the Fern? ( I know about AB's Loar)
Tim W
March 16, 2013 10:50 PM
The fern I believe is the one he got from Stuart Duncan years ago and is a 25' or 26' I can't remember which. I only played it once at the Blue Bird Cafe' a long, long time ago. It can be heard in Stuarts hands on Alison's "I've got that old feeling" record and the first Weary Hearts album.

I downloaded this today and listened to it once and one thing I really enjoyed was on the waltz, the tone, tremolo and crystal clarity of the first mandolin is just what I like to hear. Lots of low mid and high and all very, very clear. I wish I had all that album liner notes if it were downloadable.
Manfred Hacker
March 17, 2013 09:15 AM
How do you guys know that Bibey is not playing his excellent FLATBUSH mandolin? In his instructional video I liked it just as much as the Gibson. AND he was able to play it without that annoying pick click he produced on the Gibson.
March 19, 2013 01:46 AM
I heard one cut on the radio the other day and I have no doubt it's his Loar.
March 19, 2013 05:46 AM
Without question. And if your ears doubt it, just ask the picker.
March 19, 2013 07:51 AM
Quote from Tim W:
I downloaded this today and listened to it once and one thing I really enjoyed was on the waltz, the tone, tremolo and crystal clarity of the first mandolin is just what I like to hear. Lots of low mid and high and all very, very clear. I wish I had all that album liner notes if it were downloadable. End Quote


I downloaded it over the weekend and I am amazed at the tone, even riding down the road in my car (not the ideal listening environment). I'm jonesing for the liner notes now . . . anybody know if you can get them off iTunes?
John Duncan
March 19, 2013 08:31 AM
Really, really fine record and a great concept!!! To hear "Sweet Dixie" as a mandolin feature that absolutely nails the melody blew my hair back.
March 19, 2013 08:20 PM
After hearing the entire CD from start to finish with speakers wide open I'm not so sure they both used the same mandolin on every tune. Could be they used their signature Gibson models too as shown on cover insert or they could have switched too! These guys are deep into the Dawg style.
Larry S Sherman
April 12, 2013 09:02 PM
I'm been listening to this one non-stop since I got it. The playing is crazy good throughout. According to my iTunes I've played "Owensboro Train" 20 times since March 19th.

I downloaded from Amazon, and would love to be able to read the liner notes. Maybe I'll have to buy it twice?

This is a great year for mando CDs...John Reischman's "Walk Along John", Johnny Staats' "Time Moves On", and now this one too!

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