Banjo legend Curtis McPeake and Andy returned to the Country Music Hall of Fame this past weekend for an instrument demonstration in the lovely Rotunda. They picked a few tunes, answered questions from the audience, and told stories about life in the music business. This turned out to be a very warm gathering on a very cold day! We had …
Curtis McPeake has always possessed a truly unique style of playing the five-string banjo. This latest collection demonstrates the “McPeake Magic” is still there. —Eddie Stubbs, Grand Ol’ Opry announcer/WSM-AM, Nashville, TN
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.