• Van Manakas on WFDU

    We've sung the praises of guitarist Van Manakas here on Bluegrass Today, particularly with regard to his CD, Leavin' Tennessee, which he recorded with Butch Baldassari while Butch was still healthy enough to play his mandolin. It is a terrific

  • A final word from Butch Baldassari

    SoundArt Recordings has announced an early August release for a new project from Butch Baldassari and Van Manakas, Leavin' Tennessee, which was completed shortly before Butch succumbed to an aggressive brain cancer in 2009. The album features Butch on mandolin with