We got a note recently from Bob Amos, whose current band, Bob Amos & Catamount Crossing, has been featured at concerts and festivals in the northeast this past 2013 season.
“I am working on a new bluegrass album. Once again it will be mostly material that I’ve written, plus a cover or two.
My daughter Sarah Amos will be doing the high harmony vocal work, and will probably have a lead vocal on at least one song. I will also be using members of my current band, Bob Amos & Catamount Crossing, on the project: bassist Bob Dick (one of my old Front Range buddies), and fiddler Freeman Corey. Both Bob and Freeman were on my last CD, Borrowed Time. Other current members; Steve Wright -vocals and guitar, Gary Darling -vocals and mandolin, will also take part.
I’ll be doing all the banjo and most of the guitar work again. I plan to have the CD out by June 1.
It will be on my own label, Bristlecone. Probably 12 or 13 tracks. Right now I’m working on charting out the arrangements. I have begun doing some of the basic tracks. Most of the recording will be done in January-March.”
A CD Release concert is planned for Saturday, June 7, 2014, at Catamount Arts in St. Johnsbury, Vermont.
From 1988 through to 2004 Amos was the lead singer, guitarist and guiding force behind the internationally known bluegrass band Front Range, which recorded seven CDs, including five for acoustic Indie label Sugar Hill Records.
His last album, Borrowed Time, was critically well received.
Attached is a photo of Bob Amos & Catamount Crossing – current members: Sarah Amos-vocals, Bob Amos-banjo/vocals, Steve Wright guitar/vocals, Bob Dick-bass/vocals, Gary Darling-mandolin/vocals, Freeman Corey-fiddle.
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Richard F. Thompson is a long-standing free-lance writer specialising in bluegrass music topics.
A two-time Editor of British Bluegrass News, he has been seriously interested in bluegrass music since about 1970. As well as contributing to that magazine, he has, in the past 30 plus years, had articles published by Country Music World, International Country Music News, Country Music People, Bluegrass Unlimited, MoonShiner (the Japanese bluegrass music journal) and Bluegrass Europe.
He wrote the annotated series I’m On My Way Back To Old Kentucky, a daily memorial to Bill Monroe that culminated with an acknowledgement of what would have been his 100th birthday, on September 13, 2011.
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