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Mike Baytop & Jay Summerour

 

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Mike was born in Washington, DC in 1948, where he lived most of his life. His father introduced him to music when he gave him a harmonica. Later in life, he became truly interested in playing the blues he heard as he was growing up. Mike's harmonica sound is influenced by Charlie Sayles, Phil Wiggins and James Cotton. His guitar playing is influenced by Mississippi John Hurt, Larry Johnson, Jerry Ricks -- and by Archie Edwards.     Jay I saw Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee at an early age - "They reminded me a lot of my granddaddy, just the stuff they play, the style.  And it was wild.  It was something I just knew I wanted to do.  I didn’t want to be in a whole band.  Sonny Terry is kin to one of my cousins.  I got to talk to him and everything, and that really excited me.  I said, That’s what I want to do with my life.”  more.....

The Wildmans

Wandering Thoughts

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I first met the Wildmans near their home at a thing called Floydfest. They were strategically camped out beside the Virginia Folklife Stage, where they could experience the great concerts and workshops provided by The Virginia Folklife Program. Originally Inspired by traditional musicians at a local jam at the Floyd Country Store, Eli and Aila began studying with Mike Mitchell, a generous and well respected teacher in the area, and put forth effort to be where the music happens.  more.....

The Kevin Prater Band

All I Ever Wanted

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Every once in a while a tenor voice comes along that underscores the high, lonesome quality that is bluegrass. Bill Monroe had that voice, of course. So did the late John Duffey of the Country Gentlemen and the Seldom Scene. On this recording, Kevin Prater stakes his rightful claim to that quintessential sound.

Kevin’s vocals commanded attention during his years as a multi-instrumental sideman (check out his work with legends James King and Melvin Goins), but he gained an even bigger following once he stepped from the shadows to front his own band. And here, on All I Ever Wanted, he cements the deal, shifting easily from the gritty, bluesy feel of “House of the Rising Sun” to the wistful heart-tugging delivery of the title cut, which he wrote with bandmate Tom Timberlake. Close your eyes on that one and it’s easy to imagine Duffey at the microphone. You’ll get that feeling on many of the other cuts, too. more.....

Tex Rubinowitz & Bob Newscaster
The Original Dixieland Rock 'N' Roll Band

The Old Man Mississippi

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Tex Rubinowitz and Bob Newscaster’s Original Dixieland Rocknroll Band (ODRB) presents a mix of American music from its eclectic origins in the Mississippi River Basin: traditional and original songs; Dixieland horns and rocknroll electric guitar; and a roots style that is familiar yet unique. This project has been in the works for at least two decades and is finally ready for its debut on Patuxent Records. Led by veteran performers/composers, supported by accomplished musicians, recorded by experienced audio engineers, we offer this music from the bottom of our broken hearts

Barbara Scott

Fountain of the Used-To-Be

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"If you love a song, carry it along." This tenet of Barbara Scott is responsible for this collection of songs.

Though a North Carolinian by birth, Barbara is what one might call a Citizen of the World having lived in such far-flung places as Africa, Spain, and England beginning in the late 1970s before returning to North Carolina in the early 1990s. After such a diverse life's exposure, the songs that Barbara has carried along, perhaps surprisingly, are solidly in the classic Anglo-American tradition. more.....

The Molly Rose Band

With All Due Respect

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The Molly Rose Band got its start with some chance encounters among four talented musicians in the Danville, Virginia area, and grew into a coalition combining a smooth traditional style, song-writing expertise, and shared respect for the bluegrass legacy. Bandleader and songwriter Lynwood Lunsford brings banjo prowess honed in work with greats like Jimmy Martin and The Lost and Found; Mark Hudson plays guitar and contributes sturdy lead singing along with some of his own songs; mandolin player David Lewis displays his high, clear tenor voice and Gary Baird offers baritone harmonies along with his skill on the stand-up bass.

The title of this project expresses the group’s wish to pay homage to the first generation of bluegrass, a musical form that, it’s been said, started out perfect. Molly Rose Band fans already appreciate how closely the group conforms to that high standard, and this production offers further proof. more.....

Eddie Adcock

Vintage Banjo Jam

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This narrow slice of a mere glimpse into Eddie Adcock's banjo style/s from more than half a century ago nevertheless provides a treasure trove of what we should call avant-garde wonders. Jazzy, bluesy and rocking though his playing has always been, if the spectrum of his musical career were seen as a circle, this diverse collection of tunes displays a mere few degrees of it, a slice in time and type. more.....

Andrew Vogts

Sasquatch with an Alien on its Head

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  To tell you the truth, I didn’t know who Andrew Vogts was until I was asked by Patuxent Records owner Tom Mindte to play bass on a solo project of his that Tom was producing. Once I got into the studio and heard him play it was clear that it wouldn’t be long before a lot of folks were going to know the name of this very talented and versatile young fiddler. more.....


Rob Benzing

 

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  In the world of bluegrass these days, tradition and innovation are gradually falling into the hands of a younger, very talented generation. Rob Benzing is an outstanding example of why that should happen. He fell in love with the bluegrass sound when he was a kid, listening to and learning from the greats—Don Reno and Earl Scruggs—and was playing the banjo by the time he was ten. 
  Now he’s found his ground, stepping out with a project that demonstrates a full command of the instrument and the wide range of tunes—both classic and progressive-- that go with it. He’s assembled a sparkling constellation of fellow artists to showcase his abilities and theirs: Danny Knicely on guitar; Taylor Baker on mandolin; Mark Schatz on bass; fiddler Patrick McAvinue;  vocalists/ instrumentalists Jacob and Joey Mosley, Scott Brannon, and Tom Mindte.      more.....

Tom Ewing

Adventures of a Blue Grass Boy

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Between 1986 and 1996, while I was one of Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys, I had many great adventures. But few equaled the ones involved with the making of these recordings. Unfortunately, most were released on cassette tapes at a time when the CD was making cassettes obsolete, and I was unable to afford to convert them to the new technology. Now, thanks to Tom Mindte of Patuxent Music, I can share these adventures with you.      more.....

Frank Maloy, Paul Anastasio, Casey Driscoll & Friends

Stop, Look and Listen

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The Wild and Wonderful World of Frank Maloy:

“Doom, Blang, Doom, Blang.” When you hear this, you know that Frank Maloy is counting off one of his many original tunes. No “One, Two, One, Two, Three, Four” for Frank. He prefers to use his late Brother Joe's count-off. Naturally, if playing a waltz he waltz he would count “Doom, Blang, Blang.” As with so many aspects of Frank's life, his way might be considered a bit out of the box. Highly musical, but just a little different.                  more.....

Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show

Sho Nuff Country

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While growing up in Texas in the 1960s and learning to play music, I had no idea of the historical significance of the area where I lived, its musicians and the impact it had on the development of American Country music. Limestone County, Texas was not only my home but was the hub of a music hotbed which produced legendary figures Bob Wills and Cindy Walker, with the adjoining counties producing Hank Thompson, Willie Nelson and Lefty Frizzell. These musicians developed, or at the very least contributed, to the development of two major styles of Country music, Western Swing and Honky-Tonk. It still amazes me today when I think about it. It is something I am very proud of and I never pass up the opportunity to exercise my bragging rights.                    more.....


Corrina Rose Logston

Bluegrass Fiddler

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Clearly, Corrina has studied the masters – Kenny Baker, Jimmy Buchanan, Howdy Forrester, Clark Kessinger, Buddy Spicher and a host of others, known and unknown. Then, suddenly (dramatic theatrical music stab right here) I heard a tune which made me think, “How did I miss that tune?  I need to learn that!”  So I called Corrina to see who wrote it.  It turns out that she wrote it.  I should have known.  Later in the CD, the same scenario repeats itself.  She contributed two masterful tunes to this recording, “Sandridge” and “Honeycat Hornpipe.”  Add to what I said in the last paragraph that she can also write fiddle tunes which can fool us into thinking they came from a master composer.  Well, they did! more.....

Audie Blaylock and Redline

The Road that Winds

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Perhaps the most difficult problems facing bands of any genre is the desire to grow, stay relevant, honor one’s identity, satisfy fans, and make every project better than the last. That last issue has resulted in a bit of a gap between bluegrass powerhouse and Grammy-nominee Audie Blaylock and his band Redline’s last two projects, but the wait is over, and fans are liable to think it worth the wait.
This project signifies yet another strong step in the evolution of the group, which marks banjoist Evan Ward’s return to the band, joining Blaylock on guitar, fiddle favorite Patrick McAvinue, and bassist Reed Jones. It is this fusing of the band’s tradition with its future that makes this latest effort, as Blaylock recently suggested, “our best work to date.” more.....

Jordan Tice

Horse Country

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Jordan Tice is a singular voice on the American roots music scene. Over the last ten years, he has developed a reputation as a unique and versatile guitarist and prolific composer of some of the most thoughtful and well-crafted tunes of his generation. Just like the greats of the past, Jordan has a voice and aesthetic that is all his own with which he filters the sounds and conventions of American Music into something unique. On his latest release, “Horse County”, he also demonstrates a unique voice as a songwriter and singer in addition to his known guitar and tune-crafting skills.  more.......

Danny Paisley & the Southern Grass

Weary River

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What you have here is the real deal...great bluegrass music of the purest type. It's a rare form of bluegrass these days, but it's the kind that many of us grew up with, still remember, and still prefer. And It's not too often that you find current active bands doing this style of music. I'm talking about REAL bluegrass music.
Real bluegrass music is about soul and honest emotion. It's the kind of sound that gives you goosebumps and makes the hair stand up on the back of your neck. And to get that sound it takes a group of musicians who get along and respect each other, working together as team to deliver soulful and emotional music with hard-hitting, raw energy. The Southern Grass is one of the few bands today that delivers this kind of bluegrass.  ...more
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