As many of you know, Shay and I have been into collecting and playing tunes primarily from Southwest Virginia sources since the mid 80's. We were fortunate enough to meet and visit many older folks who still played in their community as well as in their homes. Several had already been recognized by the many folklorist who had previously scoured the region for 'authentic' players while others were not. This collection is a tribute to those from whom we 'caught' some really 'cool' tunes and certain techniques for playing them. I suppose being around a lot of great old-time flatfooters at the Sunday PM Mabry Mill jams on the BR Parkway in our beginning stages (1970's and 80's) had an influence on our sound as well. My buddy Paul Brown (of NPR and banjo fame) was kind enough to write some liner notes for us. For each tune or song, we provided a tid-bit of info on the tune sources and the tunings we used (in case you are a player/listener). We hope we will have done our part to send these tunes into the future with regard to the way they were played in the past. Bottom line is we think you'll enjoy what you hear!
We did not just do a cheap recording on a mini-disc recording device. All these tracks were professionally recorded & mastered at Mountain Fever studios near my home in Floyd County. The graphics on the digi-pak are first class and very attractive. No more cheap jewel cases. For those who do only downloads we'll be working to get the entire collection available through CD Baby or through our website in coming weeks.
For more information on how to get a copy sent to you check out our website macandshaycd.homestead.com We will also be sending out our postcard announcement to those whose mailing addresses we have. (We really need to break even on this.)
Shay and I plan to have a CD release party at the MT Airy fiddlers convention on Sat. June 6th at 4 PM just outside the driveway/entrance in the area to the left as you are walking out. Come sample some of our ice cold freestone spring water from our source in Floyd County. It will help beat the heat if its like last year. There's be other free goodies as well.
Thanks for your attention,