Check it out.
Wonderful. A treat.
My copy arrived in the mail yesterday!
But, I've been listening to it on Bandcamp. The groove is so satisfyingly perfect.
There's just one thing I'd change. I really want liner notes. :)
I'm drawn to "Untitled Tune" and I'd like to know something about it.
It's got a nice lope to all of it.
Ok Dan, please tell us about this fiddler and why you chose to put our banjo on his recording. He sounds older with his note choice, tone and intonation and the tune choice reflects someone who has been around and played with various styles of music.
Took me a couple of minutes of puzzling over "our banjo"-- (... How'd he know what banjo I was playing..??. pretty sure he never owned it, and know he didn't make it.. Does he think I stole it???.)
DUH... it's just missing an initilal "y"...!
Henry does sound way older than his (29!) years, doesn't he? And he doesn't sound like he started out as a violinist, either, but he did, though I think he was also playing fiddle from early on, contest style as well as more old time stuff. He's a student of West Virginia master fiddler Bobby Taylor.
I recorded that CD and played on it because it was fun and relatively easy, and because Henry's fiddling ought to get heard more. Deb and I just plain enjoy playing with him, and until recently he lived in Columbus, about an hour's drive from here. He was talking about recording (and the expense and hassles of studio time), so I offered to get out the gear I had going to waste in my basement and try cutting a few tracks, along with providing the rhythm section. We managed to get enough for a disc. Henry put the jacket together and got it pressed.
As for the untitled tune, it is Henry's take on a bluegrass tune which I'd imagine is under copyright, but it's altered enough from the original that it might as well be either traditional or Henry's own. I suggested that he come up with his own title, but he chose to leave it without one.
Ah! The Bobby Taylor/West Virginia connection makes sense to me - as soon as I heard the first phrase of "Goin' Downtown'", I thought, "Wilson Douglas!" I never would have guessed that Henry was only 29. Great stuff! And terrific accompaniment, though I'd like to hear more banjo, especially considering who's playing it! :-)
I agree with your assessment Brendan . The "out of tuneness" of Goin' Downtown has that intentional dissonance that marks Douglas' fiddling. The notey reading of other tunes is directly from Bobby and the tendency to include bluegrass numbers reflects Bobby's influence as he has walked both sides of that street.