Old-Time super group Sausage Grinder will be performing at the Berkeley Old Time Music Convention (BOTMC) on Thursday, September 27th at the Freight & Salvage along with Dom Flemons, Paul Brown and Mike Bryant! Tickets are available HERE.
Sausage Grinder members David Bragger & Susan Platz will also be teaching their popular Double Fiddle workshop on Saturday, September 29th at 3:00. Register HERE.
Sausage Grinder’s Chris Berry will be teaching a Dock Boggs Banjo Workshop the same day and time. Register HERE.
Sausage Grinder, from Los Angeles, combines the sounds of fiddle and banjo breakdowns with the country blues, topped off with a touch of ragtime and hillbilly jazz. The members of the band are David Bragger, fiddle, mandolin, banjo; Susan Platz, fiddle, banjo, washboard, vocals; Chris Berry, guitar, banjo, vocals; Pat MacSwyney, mandolin, tenor guitar, jug and Timothy Riley, jug, washboard, jaw harp, saw, bagpipes, mouth harp, mandolin, guitar, vocals. David is the proprietor of the Tiki Parlour label, which issues recordings and videos of old-time music, and has recorded an album of old-time fiddle duets with Susan, some of which will be included in Sausage Grinder’s concert set.
“A lot of really great old-time musicians say Mike Bryant is their favorite contemporary fiddler. In his forty years of playing, Mike has spent countless hours sculpting the phases of fiddle music. He shapes a net of paths to travel through bowing, note choice, ornamentation and phrasing. He is able to listen to a tune and find its heart and then frame that essence within his own style.” –David Winston
Our 12th release, Bryant & Brown, is now available HERE! (We start shipping on June 22nd!)
Tennessee fiddle titan Mike Bryant has finally recorded a fiddle album with old-time genius Paul Brown on banjo. Marcia Bryant and Terri McMurray provide a powerful rhythm section for the entire album on guitar and banjo uke. Since word broke out that this CD was in the works, there’s been a roar of excitement (and disbelief) from legions of Bryant devotees in the old-time community. The CD features a 16-page booklet with photography by Paul Brown and Joseph Dejarnette. It also contains artwork by Texas fiddler Howard Rains.
This is the first CD available that features fiddle master Mike Bryant, a fiddler’s fiddler if there ever was one! Every track oozes with his heartfelt playing and inimitable bowing. He is a master of subtlety. With every listen, new secrets begin to surface. His playing on this recording will be deeply studied by many musicians and students of traditional fiddle.
We are proud to present the solo Paul Brown CD & DVD Set! Purchase HERE!
Paul’s 2-finger, 3-finger and clawhammer banjo wizardry and several solo fiddle pieces make this one of his most unique releases to date. The sound and video were recorded and filmed by old-time musician David Bragger who deftly captures the intimacy and power of Paul’s playing.
The set features in-depth liner notes written by Paul, photographs of his source musicians and artwork by old-time artist/musician Howard Rains.
Paul Brown practices an art of deceptive understatement. He’s never in a hurry, because he’s already there. He has spent his entire life steeped in what is usually called old-time music, and none of it was lost on him. This set gives you something rare and precious – Paul by himself, serving it up, straight, no chaser. There are no frills, no light shows, no sales pitches, stated or implied. The fireworks are all inside the music. His fiddle playing is an anthology of sly, constantly shifting sleights of hand and mind. His banjo playing – both finger style and clawhammer (he switches back and forth in “Round-Town Gals,” here) – is more understated and, if anything, even more deceptively compelling. Sophisticated, precise, and elegant, it is also intensely rhythmic and propulsive. This set is a close-up magic show. If it were a card game he would have all your money by the end of it. Instead, you will leave richer than when you entered. Sit down and tune in; the more you listen, the more you’ll hear. It’s the understatement of the year. — Tom Piazza
“There’s twin fiddling, and then there’s David Bragger and Susan Platz. Their music really reaches into that space where two instruments become one and draws you right in with it. King’s Lament is one of the most sonorous and rhythmically locked-in sets of tunes you’ll hear, and spans across familiar and unfamiliar old-time terrain. Another really great recording from David’s unique Tiki Parlour collection.” –Bruce Molsky
David Bragger & Susan Platz’sKing’s Lament is the first 100% pure double fiddle CD in the American Old-Time tradition and also the 10th release from the Old-Time Tiki Parlour!
Old-time instrumentalists David Bragger & Susan Platz have recorded 15 duets of classic old-time tunes performed with the classic rhythms, drones and nuances of old-time fiddlers such as Ed Haley, Mel Durham, French Carpenter, Dock Roberts, Sarah Armstrong, K.C. Kartchner, Glen Fannin and many others! This CD features classic and rare tunes from Texas, Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Arizona and California.
This CD comes with a 24-page booklet of in-depth liner notes and original artwork by Howard Rains. The cover illustration was done by Dreamworks animator/fiddler Nick Bachman.
We’ve included many new releases from the world of old-time music, some must-have classics AND items from the Tiki Parlour Catalog!These suggestions are based on recordings, books and art that we have heard and love!Feel free to send us more suggestions!It’s a wonderful thing to support traditional artists!
Happy Holidays from the folks at the Tiki Parlour.