First up is a twin mandolin project from Alan Bibey and Wayne Benson. This one has been in the works for several years, and was thought to have been waylaid by the closing of the original Pinecastle in 2010. Fortunately, the new management have resurrected this project, sure to be a winner.
The project will be about 50% mandolin duets, music Alan and Wayne wrote especially for this record. The other half will be songs and tunes performed with a full band, featuring Ron Stewart, Barry Bales, and Wyatt Rice. Adding vocals will be Russell Moore and Ronnie Bowman.
Also upcoming is a solo album from Robert Hale, which is said to swing back and forth between his bluegrass and country sides. He is joined by a bevy of noted artists, including Alecia Nugent, Scott Vestal, Wayne Benson, Ernie Sykes, Steve Thomas, Randy Kohrs and Shawn Lane.
Pinecastle tells us that in addition to four new songs of Hale’s, the CD ends with his version of Stevie Wonder’s 1976 hit Sir Duke. I’ll be looking forward to see what he does with this one!
More details are expected soon.