The latest release is now available from Pete Wernick & Flexigrass, previously billed as Live Five. The title, What The, is surely evocative of the reaction they often get when audiences first realize that Pete and his 5 string banjo are fronting a band made up of bass, drums, vibraphone and clarinet.
What The includes 14 tracks, mixing new Wernick originals with popular classics from both the traditional string music and jazz/swing libraries. They describe their music as “a mix of both traditional and modern elements of American roots music.”
Members of Flexigrass are Greg Harris (vibraphone), Bill Pontarelli (clarinet), Kris Ditson (drums), Roger Johns (bass) and Pete Wernick on banjo. Joan Wernick guests on vocals.
There is one audio track from the CD, and several video clips of the band up at Dr.Banjo.com, Pete’s web site. Samples of all 14 tracks are available at CD Baby.