Curtis McPeake: Articles and mentions in “Bluegrass Today”

Through the years, Curtis’ work has earned him articles and mentions in various publications. It makes for some interesting reading! Just for fun, here’s what the Bluegrass Today collection looks like:

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Andy May & Kenny Kosek- NY Folklore Center - 1967- Photo by Jack Prelutsky

Early On

New York in the 1960’s was a fabulous place to be for a young guitar nut. There were great players like Dave VanRonk appearing at venues even an under-age guy could go to. Then, there were folks like Doc Watson coming to town! I remember hearing Doc and Reverend Gary Davis jamming backstage at a hall…that was really something! …. Years later I would find myself working with some of my heroes– opening up for folks like Brownie McGee and Sonny Terry or Merle Haggard, or performing with Mike Seeger….
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Curtis McPeake: “Bluegrass Today” – “I’m Going Back To Old Kentucky #64”

December 3, 1960 Recording session – Bill Monroe and Blue Grass Boys recorded Big River, Flowers Of Love, It’s Mighty Dark To Travel and Blue Grass Part One [aka Blue Grass Twist]. All four songs were included on the Mr Blue Grass LP (Decca DL 7-4080), released on May 29, 1961. Monroe was assisted by Carl Butler [guitar], Curtis McPeake [banjo], Tony Ellis [bass] and Dale Potter [fiddle]. The producer was Owen Bradley. – Richard F. Thompson, “Bluegrass Today

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Curtis McPeake: “Bluegrass Today” – “I’m Going Back To Old Kentucky #62”

December 1, 1960 Recording session – Bill Monroe, assisted by Carl Butler [guitar], Curtis McPeake [banjo], Bessie Lee Mauldin [bass] and Dale Potter [fiddle], records Put My Rubber Doll Away, Seven Year Blues, Time Changes Everything and Lonesome Road Blues. Owen Bradley was the producer. All four recordings were included on the Mr Blue Grass LP (Decca DL 7-4080), released on May 29, 1961. – Richard F. Thompson, “Bluegrass Today

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Curtis McPeake: “Bluegrass Today” – “I’m Going Back To Old Kentucky #61”

November 30, 1960 Recording session – Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys recorded Sold Down the River, Linda Lou, You Live in a World All Your Own and Little Joe. All four songs were Monroe solos, despite the fact that Linda Lou was written by then guitar player Carl Butler, and included on the LP Mr Blue Grass (Decca DL7-4080) released on May 29, 1961.  The musicians at the session in addition to Monroe and Butler were Curtis McPeake [banjo], Bessie Lee Mauldin [bass] and Dale Potter [fiddle].  – Richard F. Thompson, “Bluegrass Today

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