“Curtis McPeake’s name is spoken with something very much like reverence in the nationwide banjo community.” —Bluegrass Unlimited
Curtis McPeake is a five-string banjo trailblazer, nothing short of a music legend and will be performing at the Latta in Selmer, Tenn. to celebrate his latest CD release, The Good Things (Outweigh the Bad).
Lauded as one of the architects of modern bluegrass, McPeake toured and recorded with Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass Boys, acted as a regular stand-in for Earl Scruggs in Flatt and Scruggs, and toured with Danny Davis and the Nashville Brass. He was a member of the Grand Ole Opry’s house band for 8 years and worked on more Nashville studio sessions than anyone can recall.
With that resume, McPeake could rest on his laurels. But at 90 years old he continues making music collaborating with guitarist Andy May to produce The Good Things (Outweigh the Bad), a 10 track CD to be released March 16 on the Swift River Music label.
The CD is a celebration of McPeake’s outstanding 70-year music career. Listeners will recognize old-time favorites like Leather Britches, Steel Driving Man and My Home’s Across the Blueridge. The southern hymn Unclouded Day pays homage to McPeake’s spiritual roots. The original tune Grandpa’s Mule by Andy and Lauren May evoke memories of McPeake’s time with Flatt & Scruggs. Aubrey Hanie (fiddle) and Tim Dishman (bass) also perform on the CD.
McPeake, a Scotts Hill, Tenn. native, will be coming home for a rare West Tennessee concert and CD release celebration at Arts in McNairy’s annual Music Homecoming on Friday, April 6 at 6:00 pm at the McNairy County Visitors’ & Cultural Center (The Latta), 205 W. Court Ave., Selmer, Tenn. General admission tickets will go on sale March 23.
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