– Curtis McPeake and Andy May – with Aubrey Haynie and Tim Dishman –
Banjo. Guitar. Fiddle. Bass.
4 instruments. 4 musicians. 1 heckuva good time!
Five-string banjo trailblazer CURTIS MCPEAKE is hailed as one of the architects of modern bluegrass music. Just months following his 90th birthday, McPeake has emerged from retirement, collaborating alongside his longtime friend, guitarist and singer ANDY MAY, for this new release on the Swift River Music label. Joined by fiddler Aubrey Haynie and bassist Tim Dishman, the quartet work their traditional magic on some of Curtis’ and Andy’s favorite tunes on this 10-track project.
1. The Good Things (Outweigh the Bad) (J Lambert, J Graves)
2. My Home’s Across the Blue Ridge Mountains (Trad.)
3. Sally Gardens (WB Yeats/Trad.)
4. Reuben’s Train (Trad.)
5. Home in the Rock (Trad.)
6. Sweet Sunny South (WL Bloomfield/Trad.)
7. Grampa’s Mule (LL May, A May)
8. Steel Drivin’ Man (Trad.)
9. The Unclouded Day (JK Alwood)
10. Leather Britches (Trad.)
The title track, The Good Things (Outweigh the Bad), was a shoe-in as album title for McPeake & May. One of Curtis’ favorites, this song was co-written by his friend, Jake Lambert, and Josh Graves and was first recorded by Flatt & Scruggs in 1964. Curtis first heard this song back when he worked with Lester Flatt, filling in for Earl Scruggs. The straightforward arrangement here pays homage to Flatt & Scruggs but is decidedly McPeake & May, who worked it up specifically for this recording. (read more)