Iconic mandolinist Buddy Merriam has released a follow-up edition of his mandolin book, titled Back Roads Mandolin, Volume Two.
It contains transcriptions of 32 more of his original tunes for the mandolin, presented in both standard notation and tablature, along with a number of photos from Buddy’s personal collection over his 35 years touring with his band, Back Roads.
Included are tunes from his several recent albums, like Baldassari, Circle of Chiefs, Mason’s Restaurant, Harmony’s Waltz, My Dear Mother’s Waltz, DeVine Time, Avery Anne’s Reel, and many more. All are very much in the style of the great Bill Monroe, from whom Buddy learned to play face to face.
Any student of traditional bluegrass mandolin can’t fail to enjoy learning these pieces. An audio CD is packaged with the book to make mastering these melodies that much easier.
Back Roads Mandolin, Volume Two is not yet set up for online purchase through Merriam’s web site, but orders can be placed now by mail. Send $20 to:
PO Box 862
Sound Beach, NY 11789
If you don’t already have it, Back Roads Mandolin, Volume One is a fine collection of tunes as well.