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.
“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
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.