Flatpicking Guitar Records has two new CD releases which you may want to consider when contemplating gifts for your favorite flatpicker – or flatpicking fan.
Plaidgrass is a band whose foundation concept is a mixture of Celtic music instrumentation with a bluegrass sensibility. The group is fronted by the husband/wife team of fiddler Gretchen Priest and guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Tim May. They are joined by Tom Saffell on 8-string banjo, Al Goll on resonator guitar, Brian Christianson on mandolin and fiddle, and Dan Miller on bass.
Also new from FGR is Robert Bowlin’s Six String Soliloquy, a set of solo acoustic guitar pieces primarily written by the artist.
Bluegrass historians remember Bowlin as a fiddler, having the distinction of being the last to work as a member of Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass Boys. Early reaction to his new CD suggests that his lasting mark will come instead as a flatpicker, with the wide range of emotions and his virtuosity as a guitarist being widely heralded.