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ALAN BIBEY & WAYNE BENSON 'The Mandolin Chronicles' PRC-1183-CD


Two of today's best Bluegrass mandolin pickers share the billing on this nicely done album that features quite a bit of variety considering that two mandolins are out front on the entire record. The most distinctive and unusual sounds come on 4 pieces that feature just Bibey & Benson doing mandolin duets (OWENSBORO TRAIN, SURFSIDE, WINTERGRASS and Tommy Jackson's great tune CRAZY CREEK). There are two jazzy excursions, BLACK FRIDAY and Charlie Parker's NOW'S THE TIME. But probably the strongest tracks on the album are the 3 full band, beautifully played numbers: SWEET DIXIE, WILKES COUNTY BREAKDOWN and PILGRIM'S KNOB (A Bill Monroe tune that he never recorded commercially). What helps make these tracks special is the fiddle and banjo work of Ron Stewart and the guitar playing of Wyatt Rice. An excellent all instrumental record.