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Coming Soon on Swift River Music: “Mandomonium”!

The long-awaited reissue of Mandomonium Mandolin Orchestra’s CD, Mandomonium, will soon be a reality, and we’re glad to say, it will have a home on Swift River Music! Sporting the wonderful music art of Karen Cannon (who also did the covers for Andy May’s Cafe’Americana CD and Dance of Life reissue, newly remastered by our go-to engineer, Nathan Smith at Mainframe Recording Studio in Nashville, TN, and bursting with all the fun and spirit of the original release, we are delighted to add this title to our catalog.

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Presentation of 2018 IBMA Special Achievement Award to Curtis McPeake – Photos

In the Special Awards Luncheon today at the International Bluegrass Music Association convention in Raleigh, NC, Andy accepted Curtis McPeake‘s Special Achievement Award on his behalf. (Curtis was unable to attend.) The photos below are from Frank Baker’s album in Bluegrass Today. 

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“The Bluegrass Situation” on Curtis McPeake and “Leather Britches” – McPeake & May – “The Good Things”

On … “Leather Britches,” you can hear that same timelessness in McPeake’s duet with Nashville stalwart fiddler Aubrey Haynie. They kick the tune with fiddle and banjo only, showcasing that classic pre-bluegrass format, Haynie fiddling fantastically far and wide while McPeake holds it all together with his three-finger roll, seventy years in the making.

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1974 Video of Curtis McPeake with Danny Davis and the Nashville Brass in Norway

We just discovered these gems on a Norwegian television site, NRK TV. The first video includes over 18 minutes of classic Danny Davis and the Nashville Brass, featuring Curtis McPeake, and the second video contains over 5 minutes. The videos also have performances by Bobby Bare, Chet Atkins, and Dottie West. (Don’t be fooled: If your browser’s translator says it’s…

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“Salley Gardens” – McPeake & May video from Country Music Hall of Fame performance

July 22, 2018. Curtis Mcpeake & Andy May play Salley Gardens, from their CD The Good Things (Outweigh the Bad) in the Country Music Hall of Fame “Musician Spotlight” series. Nashville, TN.  Curtis was 90 years old at the time of this performance, and it was just 3 days before he received the IBMA’s Distinctive Achievement Award honoring his many contributions…

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