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Fletcher Bright and Bill Evans with special guests Norman & Nancy Blake - Songs That Are Mostly Older Than UsNative and Fine Records 906-11 (2016)
Songs That Are Mostly Older Than Us is Fletcher Bright and Bill Evans' follow-up to Fine Times At Fletcher's House. For this release, they add Norman & Nancy Blake on guitar and cello for ten of this project's sixteen tunes. Recorded live in Fletcher's living room atop Lookout Mountain, Tennessee over three days in July 2015, selections include both well-known and more obscure traditional tunes along with more recent compositions from Norman Blake ("Blake's March), Bill Evans ("Berkeley Shanghai"), Sam Bush ("Norman and Nancy"), Bill Monroe ("Old Ebenezer Scrooge") and Peter Ostroushko ("Heart of the Heartland"). George Bright joins Fletcher and Bill on guitar for "Glory in the Meetinghouse."
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Glory in the Meetinghouse / Blake's March / Berkeley Shanghai / Elzic's Farewell / Sugar Tree Stomp / Norman and Nancy / Hannah in the Springhouse / Snowbird in the Ash Bank / Kennedy Rag / Bb Hornpipe Medley / Old Ebenezer Scrooge / Cluck Old Hen / Heart of the Heartland / Brilliancy / American Rifle Team Hornpipe / Whiskey Before Breakfast
Hannah in the Springhouse (mp3-2.5MB) - full trackfiddle and banjo duet with Fletcher & Bill
Kennedy Rag (mp3-2.1MB) - sampleFletcher Bright (fiddle) & Norman Blake (guitar) duet
Norman and Nancy (mp3-1.7MB) - sample(Fletcher Bright (fiddle), Bill Evans (banjo), Norman Blake (guitar) & Nancy Blake (cello)
Snowbird in the Ash Bank (mp3-1.5MB) - sampleFletcher Bright (fiddle), Norman Blake (guitar) & Nancy Blake (cello)
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Classic Banjo from Smithsonian Folkways - SFW40209A new CD featuring 30 tracks of banjo artistry from Tony Trischka & Bill Evans, Pete Seeger, Doc Watson, Mike Seeger, Elizabeth Cotton, Dock Boggs, Mick Moloney, Bill Keith and many others with a 44-page booklet with extensive notes and photos. 64 minutes of classic banjo music from the Folkways collection.
Medley: Fly Around My Blue-Eyed Girl, Cripple Creek,Ida Red,Old Joe Clark by Pete Seeger / Banging Breakdown by Hobart Smith / Johnson Boys by Frank Profitt / Peachbottom Creek by Wade Ward / Coo Coo by Dink Roberts / Josh Thomas's Roustabout by Mike Seeger / Jaw Bone by Willie Chapman / Bright Sunny South by Dock Boggs / Coal Creek March by Pete Steele / Mississippi Heavy Water Blues by Josh Thomas / Walk Light Ladies by Rufus Crisp / Buck Creek Girls by Bill Cornett / Gut Bucket Blues by Don Vappie and the Creole Jazz Serenaders / Medley: Skylark and Roaring Mary by Mick Moloney / Medley: St. Anne's Reel, La Renfluse Corbeil by Ken Perlman / Smokey Mokes by Roger Sprung / Golden Bell Polka by A. L. Camp / Banjoland by Tony Trischka with Bill Evans / Sally Ann by Snuffy Jenkins / Lonesome Road Blues by Roni Stoneman / Fox Chase by Lee Sexton / Hop Along Lou by John Tyree / Cotton Eyed Joe by "Big Sweet" Lewis Hairston / Foggy Mountain Top by Ola Belle Reed / Rambling Hobo by Doc Watson / Old Rattler by John Snipes / Georgia Buck by Elizabeth Cotton / I Wish to the Lord I'd Never Been Born by Irvin Cook / Black Eye Susie by Roscoe Holcomb / Bluegrass Breakdown by Bill Keith with Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys.
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Fletcher Bright & Bill Evans - Fine Times at Fletcher's HouseFletcher Bright & Bill Evans - Fine Times At Fletcher's House
Native and Fine Records 906-10
Yellow Barber (full track) (mp3-2.4MB)
Fine Times at Fletcher's House: Fiddle and Banjo Music From Lookout Mountain, Tennessee brings together 81- year old Tennessee fiddling legend Fletcher Bright and Bill Evans in sixteen fiddle and banjo duet performances. Selections include familiar favorites (St. Anne's Reel, Angeline The Baker & Soldier's Joy), tunes associated with Earl Scruggs and Benny Martin (Two O'Clock), Bill Monroe compositions (Northern White Clouds, White Horse Breakdown), lesser known old-time tunes (Greasy Coat), tunes learned from good friend John Hartford (Blackjack Grove) and more recently composed tunes from Tom Anderson (Da Slokit Light), Blaine Sprouse (Blue Ridge Reel) June Drucker (Going Back To Israel).
All of the selections from Fine Times At Fletcher's House were recorded live without overdubs at Fletcher's home on top of Lookout Mountain, Tennessee.
"The joy that Bill and Fletcher obviously felt in working with each other comes through in every tune on this project. Their timing together is precise, their collective tone is solid, and their taste, impeccable. A happy, satisfying musical experience for all, both players and listeners." Murphy Henry, from the CD liner notes.
Yellow Barber / Two O'Clock / Polly Put The Kettle On / Scott No. 2 / Blackjack Grove / Whitehorse Breakdown / Da Slokit Light / Daley's Reel / Northern White Clouds / Blue Ridge Reel / Greasy Coat / Fiddler's Dream / Abe's Retreat & Fine Times At Our House / Liverpool Hornpipe / Going Back to Israel / St. Anne's Reel, Angeline the Baker & Soldier's Joy
Polly Put The Kettle On (sample) (mp3-1.2MB)
Da Slokit Light (sample) (mp3-1.2MB)
Whitehorse Breakdown (sample) (mp3-850K)
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Bill Evans - In Good Company
Native and Fine Records 906-9
In Good Company spotlights an all star cast of 26 musicians performing five new Evans instrumentals, a four song, ten-minute Beatles medley and songs pairing Bill with The Infamous Stringdusters (performing John Martyn's Walk to the Water), Joy Kills Sorrow (performing Sarah Siskind's On and On) and Tim O'Brien (performing Follow the Drinking Gourd). In Good Company is Bill's most accomplished and wide-ranging project to date. Includes collector's poster featuring shots from the IGC sessions!
With The Infamous Stringdusters, Tim O'Brien, Joy Kills Sorrow, Darol Anger, Cindy Browne Rosefield, Tashina & Tristan Clarridge, Stuart Duncan, Corey Evans, Matt Flinner, David Grier, Rob Ickes, Dominic Leslie, Laurie Lewis, Ned Luberecki, Mike Marshall, Todd Phillips and Missy Raines. Produced by Bill Evans, Stephen Mougin, Darol Anger & Tom Size.
The Distance Between Two Points / Walk To The Water (w/The Infamous Stringdusters) / Some Other Creek / Follow the Drinking Gourd (w/Tim O'Brien) / Big Chief Sonny / Dakota / On & On (w/Joy Kills Sorrow) / Mother Nature's Son / You've Got To Hide Your Love Away / Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds / A Hard Day's Night / They Say You're Never Lonely In Louisville
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Bill Evans Plays BanjoNative and Fine Records 906-3
Petersburg Gal / Germaine's Dream / Kobe Blues / Meadows of Dan / Corey's Slide / Catching the Dickens / New Black Eyed Suzie / Raising the Beams / When She Smiles / Leaving Owensboro / Lonesome Polka / Granite Chief / Heavy Traffic Ahead
With Rob Ickes (dobro), John Reischman (mandolin), Darol Anger and Greg Spatz (fiddle), Jim Nunally and Nina Gerber (guitar), Missy Raines and Todd Phillips (bass) and Steve Smith (mandola). On "Heavy Traffic Ahead," Don Rigsby (vocal), Glen Duncan (fiddle), Mike Compton (mandolin), Chris Sharp (guitar) and Mike Bub (bass).
• Named "2001 Top 10 Bluegrass CD of the Year" by David Royko, The Chicago Tribune
• Named "Top 5 Instrumental Recording of the Year" by Dave Freeman, County Sales Newsletter
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let's do something... (Native and Fine Records 906-8)The debut CD from Bill Evans and Megan Lynch!
Rocks and Water / The Distance Between Two Points / Northern Sky / Fall / I Was Just Thinking / Check Yes Juliet / Old Dog / Into the Mystic / Song for Sonny Liston / Sleeping Lady / Morningside
Bill Evans (banjos, lead and harmony vocals), Megan Lynch (fiddles, lead and harmony vocals). Produced by Stephen Mougin and BEML.
Based in Albany, California and Nashville, Tennessee, banjo player Bill Evans & fiddler Megan Lynch make music that uses bluegrass virtuosity as a springboard into the broader worlds of Americana and alternative rock. While virtuosic fiddle and banjo work is to be expected from these internationally known bluegrass musicians, it's the outstanding lead singing of Megan and the pair's rich duo vocal sound that is a revelation. Drawing on singer-songwriter and alternative rock sources as much as traditional old-time and bluegrass music, the duo creates music that's intensely intimate but truly difficult to categorize. While rooted in bluegrass tradition, Bill Evans and Megan Lynch display a natural and unassuming sophistication that reflects their wide-ranging interest in many kinds of contemporary and popular music.
The new CD let's do something... is produced by Sam Bush Band guitar player Steve Mougin and was recorded over the last nine months in Nashville. Featuring richly textured soundscapes of multiple fiddles and banjos (and only fiddles and banjos) matched to Megan and Bill's voices, the project features new takes on compositions from Deb Tannen, Nick Drake, John Gorka, Mark Knopfler, Van Morrison, Teitur, and the rock bands Editors and We The Kings along with two new instrumental tunes written by Bill Evans.
More info at: www.myspace.com/billevansandmeganlynch
What folks are saying about let's do something... :
"This is a hugely exciting album! The singing's exquisite, the playing's completely masterly and tasteful (not a lick fiesta), the songwriting kills.....Nick Drake, Mark Knopfler, Van Morrison, and a host of others, intensely snazzy production, and it's fresh...really fresh. This music demands repeated listenings to catch all the nuances and to savor a brand new sound coming full-blown from two of today's most forward-thinking and accomplished acoustic musicians." Tony Trischka, Dec. 2008
"The breadth and depth of the duets on let's Do Something... is jaw-dropping, but Bill and Megan are more than the sum of two virtuoso musicians. Together, they prove that the fiddle/banjo is made for any genre when it's done with imagination and passion." Chris Stuart, IBMA Print Media Person of the Year.
Chart action: "Rocks and Water" #7 Song of the Year, FOLK-DJ List
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Native and Fine(Rounder 0295)
Fling Ding/Native and Fine/Goodbye Liza Jane/Wondrous Love/Scotland Yard/Choking the Strings/Clarinet Polka/Omie Wise/Jump Jesse/Saalo's Joy/Chicken Pox/Midnight in Rosine
With Stuart Duncan and Jason Carter (fiddle), David Grier (guitar), Mike Compton (mandolin), Missy Raines (bass), Suzanne Thomas (vocals), and Ron Thomason (mandolin and vocals).
Bill's debut bluegrass banjo CD on Rounder features five original tracks along with favorites from Ralph Stanley and Don Reno. Also included are two banjo/vocal duets with Suzanne Thomas ("Wondrous Love") and Ron Thomason ("Omie Wise").
Here's what the critics have said about Native and Fine:
Honorable Mention 1996 "Acoustic Instrumental Recording of the Year" Association for Independent Music
"Editor's Choice for 1995' (Banjo Newsletter, January 1996)
"Bill Evans can...play, which is no surprise, but the melodic quality of his original compositions may be to those unfamilar with Evans the solo artist. As impressive as he is on numbers like Ralph Stanley's 'Fling Ding,' it is on his own tunes that Evans is at his transcendent best, blending tradition with a distinctive sound that only covertly suggests newgrass." (David Royko, Chicago Tribune, June 1996)
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Old As Dirt(Native and Fine Records 906-4)
Jack of Diamonds / Poor Ellen Smith / On a Monday / Polly Put the Kettle On / A Lazy Farmer Boy / May You Never Be Alone / Bring Back My Blue Eyed Boy / You Don't Know My Mind / Sally in the Turnip Patch / Girl on the Greenbrier Shore / Burn Another Honky Tonk Down / Petersburg Gal / You've Got to Righten That Wrong
Bill Evans (Banjo), Alan Senauke (Guitar), Eric Thompson (Mandolin), Suzy Thompson (Fiddle), Larry Cohea (Bass)
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