Pay Attention from Newtime Stringband

Newtime Stringband, which is essentially old time and bluegrass musician Chris Mullins and whomever he chooses to collaborate with, has a new single on offer from the next Newtime album. It’s an instrumental tune he has written called Pay Attention.

Chris is a native Kentuckian, transplanted to northern California, a multi-instrumentalist and composer of new music.

He tells us that Pay Attention comes from his love of Celtic fiddle music.

“I’ve always enjoyed Celtic-bluegrass crossover projects, so I tried to write a tune in that style – one with a little Eastern flavor thrown in. Robbie Greig brought an authentic Scottish fiddle style and Matt Menefee is definitely one of my favorite banjo players.

I only had clawhammer banjo on my first album – because that’s the only banjo style that I play. Matt’s banjo was a real treat! The second Newtime Stringband album will hopefully be out next spring.”

Mullins plays mandolin and bass on the track, with Arunachala on drums. It’s a fascinating mix of styles with a strong display of virtuosity from the players.

Have a listen…

Pay Attention is available now from Apple Music online. Radio programmers interested in a copy of the track are invited to contact Mullins by email.

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John Lawless

John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.