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FRANK WAKEFIELD 'Don't Lie To Me' PATUX-075-CD

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A welcome and interesting new album from mandolin legend Wakefield, who alternates between instrumentals and vocals here, nicely helped by a small cast that includes Bill Keith on banjo, Mike Auldridge on dobro and Jon Glik on fiddle. The singing --both by Wakefield and several guest vocalists --is pretty ragged at times, if well-intentioned, but the songs are good and some may find the vocals charming. But the instrumental work is what most listeners will be interested in, and Wakefield can still cut it, and the 7 tunes here are good ones that show both Frank's technique and especially his creativity. Pieces like EL NINO, MISS MARSHA, EARLY MORNING TRAIN, BLUEGRASS MANDOLIN and DAUGHTER OF MIDNIGHT are melodic, interesting and well-played. Definitely more in a traditional vein than most of Wakefield's albums, this is one that can well be enjoyed by his fans old and new.