Review: Rudi Ekstein – Carolina Chimes

Rudy Ekstein is a mandolinist based in Asheville, North Carolina who delivers twelve original tunes in a classic bluegrass ensemble setting. A stellar list of supporting musicians make up the various ensemble formations: Stuart Duncan, Jeff Autry, Mark Schatz, John … Read More

Review: Billy Parker – Mandoclectic

Billy Parker is a powerful mandolinist from Phoenix, AZ. Mandoclectic is Billy Parker’s imaginative and thoughtful collection of songs and tunes that demonstrate both his personal vision and his respect for different musical influences. Fundamentally, this recording is a joy … Read More

Robert Fraker: A Remembrance

On a particularly frigid evening a few years ago, Robert and Lillian Fraker came here to my house in Amherst for our usual festive dinner and a few hours of music making. Robert came through the door, eyes beaming. As … Read More

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