BUTCH BALDASSARI & VAN MANAKAS 'Leavin' Tennessee'   SAR-2257-CD

BUTCH BALDASSARI & VAN MANAKAS 'Leavin' Tennessee' SAR-2257-CD

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The notes tell us that this was one of the last projects that the late Butch Baldassari worked on, and though he shares equal billing, it is really primarily a guitar record (and a good one) and it is on ButchÕs label, Soundart. I for one would have liked to hear more of BaldassariÕs mandolin work (he takes breaks on just a few numbers), but Butch put the other artists up front on this all instrumental recording, and Manakas (acoustic guitar) does a very nice job on 17 tunes that range from old fiddle classics to waltzes and Jazzy workouts. ThereÕs a good amount of fiddle work (by Stuart Duncan, Bobby Hicks and Shad Cobb) nice banjo work by Scott Vestal, and Byron House plays bass. Especially fine are the renditions of COTTON PATCH RAG, INDIAN ECHO, BLUEGRASS IN THE BACKWOODS, BITTER CREEK, I AM A PILGRIM, YELLOW BARBER and the title tune. A dozen of the tunes are Manakas originals. A neat instrumental disc, especially for guitar pickers & fans.

Artists:

  • BUTCH BALDASSARI
  • VAN MANAKAS
  • BYRON HOUSE
  • SCOTT VESTAL
  • STUART DUNCAN
  • SHAD COBB
  • BARBARA LAMB
  • BOBBY HICKS

Track Listing:

  • LEAVIN' TENNESSEE
  • BELL BUCKLE BELLE
  • ARAPAHO
  • FINE WALTZ
  • COTTON PATCH RAD
  • FIDDLER'S DREAM
  • JACOB'S LADDER
  • BITTER CREEK
  • RED BONE
  • OLD SOUTH WALTZ
  • LUCKY FROM KENTUCKY
  • I AM A PILGRIM
  • BLUEGRASS IN THE BACKROADS
  • BOSSMAN
  • INDIAN ECHO
  • SPIDER WALTZ
  • YELLOW BARBER