McPeake & May CD Release – Station Inn – Nashville, TN

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 on the CD and…

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McPeake & May – “The Good Things” Released: Two Shows Planned!

The new CD from banjo legend Curtis McPeake and Andy May, The Good Things (Outweigh the Bad) was released today. To celebrate, there are two concerts planned: one in Nashville, and one in west Tennessee, where McPeake grew up. Fiddler Aubrey Haynie and bassist Tim Dishman, who played on the project, will round out the band for both shows.

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Andy May & CurtisMcPeake at Mainframe Studio

Recording on new Curtis McPeake-Andy May CD completed!

10 tracks. 4 musicians. 4 instruments. 1 heckuva good time!

Curtis McPeake Session - Mainframe Studio

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After a fast and furious week of recording, mixing and mastering, the new Curtis McPeake CD, as yet unnamed, is ready for the next step. Andy produced the old-time bluegrass project, featuring Aubrey Haynie on fiddle, Tim Dishman on bass, Andy May on lead vocals and guitar, and – of course – Curtis on banjo, at Mainframe Recording Studio in Nashville with Nathan Smith as engineer. More details to follow, but here are some pictures for you, now:

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Andy May - Curtis McPeake - Station Inn - 2012

Photos: Curtis McPeake & Friends-Station Inn

Nashville, TN – March 22, 2012

What a night it was! Curtis, with Andy, Aubrey Haynie, Tina Adair, Charlie Cushman, Tim Dishman.

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“Bluegrass Unlimited:” “The View From McPeake” by Curtis McPeake

Curtis McPeake‘s name is spoken with something very much like reverence in the nationwide banjo community. …He is …an expert picker, as this fine instrumental album makes plain…. He is joined on this record by guitarist Charlie Cushman, fiddler Aubrey Haynie, mandolinist Dave Harvey and bassist Dennis Crouch, all together they play a winning assortment traditional and original banjo showcase tunes.

McPeake’s original compositions are some of the best things on this album-the aptly titled “Fire In The Furnace” and “Leap Frog” are both classic pieces of 1950s-style instrumental bluegrass, while “Long Way Home” is a slightly more complex and slightly less zippy composition.

Highly recommended.   –RA, Bluegrass Unlimited

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