McPeake & May - The Good Things (Outweigh the Bad)

“The Bluegrass Situation” on Curtis McPeake and “Leather Britches” (McPeake & May, “The Good Things”)

…The fact that [Curtis] McPeake has been named a recipient of one of 2018’s Distinguished Achievement Awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association should come as no surprise. But, McPeake will not be accepting the award from retirement: Earlier this year [McPeake] and his collaborator, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Andy May, released a full-length album, The Good Things (Outweigh the Bad). On its final track, “Leather Britches,” you can hear that same timelessness in McPeake’s duet with Nashville stalwart fiddler Aubrey Haynie. They kick the tune with fiddle and banjo only, showcasing that classic pre-bluegrass format, Haynie fiddling fantastically far and wide while McPeake holds it all together with his three-finger roll, seventy years in the making. ⇨ Read more

McPeake & May - The Good Things (Outweigh the Bad)

Bluegrass Unlimited on McPeake & May – “The Good Things”

Together, McPeake and May have collaborated to present their versions of songs and arrangements they both love, … recorded … just two months before McPeake’s 90th birthday. (Well done fellows!) Aubrey Haynie adds fiddle work and Tim Dishman is on bass and harmony vocals. As the CD jacket indicates: “Heckuva good time!”
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McPeake & May - The Good Things (Outweigh the Bad)

Bob Piekiel on McPeake & May, “The Good Things”

The CD is done entirely with a four-piece band–Curtis on banjo, Andy May on guitar & vocals, Aubrey Haynie on fiddle, and Tim Dishman​ on bass. The result is a performance with lots of refreshing “breathing space” in each song, with each instrument tastefully placed in the context of the whole selection…. It’s one of those albums you can listen to over and over and hear something a little different each time. Old or young, veteran or novice, all will enjoy this treasure.
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“Bluegrass Now:” “The View From McPeake” by Curtis McPeake

The View From McPeake  could have been recorded only by someone who has experienced a long and illustrious career. The collection of traditional bluegrass instrumentals contained on this project illustrate the reason for Curtis’ popularity and successful career.

The View From McPeake will be well received by lovers of traditional bluegrass music. The original material, while unfamiliar, is performed in the traditional bluegrass style which most bluegrass fans will enjoy. Banjo pickers especially will enjoy this CD, as Curtis McPeake is certainly one of the masters of the five-string.  –JP, Bluegrass Now ⇨ Read more

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