Ownself Blues (Patuxent CD-182) is a collection of 13 tunes of which Wakefield wrote 11. The others are classical pieces from Beethoven (Theme and Variations in D) and Bach (Bour?©e from Lute Suite in E minor).
10 of the Wakefield compositions are new original bluegrass tunes which he has written recently, and the other is a new recording of his enduring tune, New Camptown Races.
Dennis Satterlee, who wrote the liner notes for the CD, is excited by what he has heard ‚Ä¶
“More than half of the tunes get you thinking of something or other Monroe wrote, but then Frank makes it his music at the same time. It is one of the best Wakefield projects I’ve heard in a long time.”
Michael Cleveland plays fiddle throughout, along with banjo veteran Mike Munford and up and coming guitar player Jordan Tice. Additional musicians are Audie Blaylock (rhythm guitar) and Darrell Muller (bass) round out the regular band. Taylor Baker (mandolin), Nate Leath (fiddle) and Jessie Baker (banjo) provide occasional input.
Tom Mindte, head of Patuxent Recordings in Maryland, is the producer. This is Mindte’s third Frank Wakefield project for Patuxent.
Ownself Blues should be available in January 2009.
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