Marc Pruett: Curtis McPeake – “The Good Things (Outweigh the Bad)”

Congratulations Curtis! You are making your banjo-buddies proud once again!  –Marc Pruett (Balsam Range)

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Curtis McPeake & Andy May at the Country Music Hall of Fame

Curtis McPeake & Andy May - Country Music Hall of Fame - Jan., 2017

(View full-size images on Flickr) Many thanks to photographer Chuck Thompson for his contributions to this album.

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 …

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Workshop: Curtis McPeake and Andy May at the Country Music Hall of Fame

Sunday, May 6, 2012, 1:00 pm
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Eddie Stubbs – WSM: “The View From McPeake” by Curtis McPeake

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

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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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