Mandolinist Butch Baldassari and dulcimer legend David Schnaufer have just released a new cd of duets showcasing traditional music of the Appalachian Mountains. Appalachian Mandolin and Dulcimer contains 14 songs that Baldassari and Schnaufer perform on a variety of mandolin and dulcimer family instruments. These accoustic masters defied the norm by recording this CD live with no overdubs. In Butch’s own words:
No overdubs here!!! just straight ahead live playing.
David Schnaufer describes the cd as . . .
a musical conversation performed on vintage and contemporary instruments in settings to showcase the rare archaic harmonies of these joyful, lonesome and eternal themes.
Some of the upcoming events Baldassari and Schnaufer are planning in support of this disc including: concerts, workshops, in-store performances, and dulcimer festivals. I couldn’t find anything on Baldassari’s tour schedule yet, but keep checking it if you are interested.