Well well. Its been a busy late winter/early spring. Some great late season storms brought great powder skiing to the Tetons. Lately this has given way to corn skiing, and crust cruising on skate skis on the valley floor. Oh yeah, and the fish are starting to bite….
Music-wise, I have been spending a lot of time with my headphones on recording projects for two of the recent Grand Masters Fiddle Champions (Jacie Sites and Laura Waters), the Bar J Wranglers, Shelley & Kelly, ski-legend Bill Briggs, Maddy and the Groove Spots, Screen Door Porch and others. Recently completed a Canada Tour as part of the April Verch Bigger Band. And looking forward to upcoming gigs this summer with The Growling Old Men and my pals The New Reeltime Travelers (check out our new video).
don’t forget April Fool’s Day….
Hot off the press – we are proud to announce the release of the new Growling Old Men CD, Chicken Feed and Baling Twine, and Ben’s new instruction book written with Brian Wicklund, The American Mandolin Method, Volume II.
Published by MelBay, this book is written for intermediate players and picks up where Volume I leaves off. It includes clear descriptions, illustrations, exercises, techniques and 29 popular jamming tunes. Says mandolin master John Reischman, “I wish I had this book when I was starting out.” Available here!
Chicken Feed and Baling Twine was recorded during two different weekend sessions in the winter of 2012-13 at the venerable Henhouse studio. A mixture of new, old and obscure material; including two each from Lowell and Winship, one lively instrumental and a handful of songs that we’ve been performing over the past few years but hadn’t recorded.
Our good friend and fishing buddy, David Thompson, also played bass on most of the tracks and added a bit of harmony. (Plus he did the brilliant CD design). We are really excited about this one. Available here!
This winter has been off & on, but its had a few moments!
Plus lots of good music played, recorded and listened to when the powder’s been lacking…
We are proud to announce the publication of our new book, The American Mandolin Method, Vol 1. This is an elementary instruction book – written with my pal, fiddler Brian Wicklund - designed for beginning mandolin players. The book is akin to Brian’s ultra-successful American Fiddle series, published by MelBay. It’s available here now! And look for Volume 2 in a few months.