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Squirrel Butter “Hazelnut” CD

This long awaited 4th album from husband and wife duo, Charlie Beck & Charmaine Slaven, celebrates their sustaining musical partnership and shared adventures that now includes a little girl, Hazel. Hazelnut features many inspired original compositions alongside venerable traditional numbers. Starting as buskers at the Pike Place Market in Seattle in 2005, Squirrel Butter has devoted countless hours behind the strings honing their craft at settings ranging from weddings to funerals, bars to bat mitzvahs. Charlie’s ability as a multi- instrumentalist is a delight throughout, with sharp banjo playing being especially notable. Charmaine shines with drive and refinement on guitar and fiddle, plus she dazzles with her step dancing. Their well matched voices engage with soul and sensitivity as they share roles of taking lead and harmony. Squirrel Butter thrives in a variety of musical atmospheres while staying grounded to their traditional roots.

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Release Date: July 8, 2022

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Bill Evans- The Banjo in America (CD & DVD Set)

Bill Evans and Tiki Parlour Recordings have collaborated on the ultimate banjo recording set (CD & DVD Set) for the 21st century. Bill Evans’ “The Banjo in America” celebrates 250 years of music performed on a variety of banjos from the Haitian-inspired banza to the Gibson Mastertone and eight other historical instruments in between.

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Skillet Licorice “Allsorts Orchestra” LIMITED EDITION Vinyl

Skillet Licorice’s critically acclaimed album is now available in a LIMITED EDITON run of VINYL. It’s one of our most beautiful productions to date. The package features translucent green vinyl with a stunning gatefold centerfold of the musicians, illustrated by Simpsons artist/old-time musician Joe Wack. The liner notes, artwork and sounds will transport the listener back in time as they listen to glorious stringband music while handling this beautiful old-time fetish object. Available HERE while supplies last! …Read more

Bruce Molsky’s Debut Guitar CD  “Everywhere You Go” – Available Now 

 

Bruce Molsky’s newest album is a riveting departure from a decades-long career dominated by Appalachian-style fiddle. “Everywhere You Go,” his first solo guitar album, combines musical influences from across the globe to create a project sure to cement Molsky’s reputation as one of the great multi-instrumentalists of our time.

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After a long career that stands as a fiddle masterclass, comes a beautiful eclectic album of song and six-string wizardry, a rare treat indeed.
–John Paul Jones

Bruce Molsky has long been one of my musical heroes, the effortlessness and ease with which Bruce plays and sings has always been something I’ve deeply admired. It is a rarity to hear music that lacks ego and puts soulfulness and a respect for tradition at the forefront. Bruce is simply one of the greatest musicians there is, period.
–Sarah Jarosz

Happy to be listening to this beautiful music right now. Close up. Intimate. What a pleasure. No pretense. No affectation. Just music. He always inspires me. I’m gonna go practice now!
–Bill Frisell

Bruce Molsky’s guitar music is truly out of this world great. It is masterful in every single way. The musical narrative is deeply compelling, with incredible variety, and imaginative orchestration. This is soul enriching music.
–Julian Lage

Bruce Molsky is a guiding light of musical integrity and fearlessness. This new album, centered around his intrepid yet matter-of-fact guitar playing, is delightful. While the songs cover a wide, global swath, in the best way possible it all sounds exactly like Bruce.
–Chris Eldridge

SKILLET LICORICE – Bright Sunny South (Official Video)

“Our experimental instrumental version of this song from the playing of Doc and Merle Watson is on our new CD “Allsorts Orchestra.” This poignant anti-war song has been erroneously associated with the American Civil War and the Confederacy. Although the origins of the song are unclear, it would appear to be from either Ireland or Nova Scotia.”

Elise Engelberg: banjo

Matt Knoth: ebo

Videography and Editing by John McKelvy

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Banjo Newsletter Review and Interview with Tom Sauber

Check out the enlightening interview with Tom Sauber in the latest issue of Banjo Newsletter! There’s also a stellar review of our most recent 2-CD/Photo Book Set “Trade Your Headache for a Smile” featuring Tom Sauber, Tom Carter, Blanton Owen, Leonard Couslon and Patrick Sauber.

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Trade Your Headache for a Smile (2-CDs & Booklet)-ORDER NOW

Two wonderful CDs. Masterful musicians and lots of great old-time music with some twists. You’ve got your banjo (various of them), you’ve got your fiddle, and then you’ve got your mandolin. Plus, then you’ve got mandola,  mando-cello, drum, and a pitched fork!!! Plus singing. How fine to hear Blanton Owen’s beautiful banjo playing again—we lost him too soon. These recordings were made over time and distance and sound as old as the hills, even the new songs like Dylan’s “Well, Well, Well,” and Bruce Cockburn’s “Kit Carson.” You can feel the love in every note. —Alice Gerrard

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Twenty years in the making… Tiki Parlour Recordings is proud to present a double CD featuring the old-time sounds of Tom Carter & Tom Sauber with Blanton Owen, Leonard Coulson and Patrick Sauber. The set contains a live disc recorded just before Blanton Owen’s fatal plane crash AND a recent studio recording with Tom S. and Tom C. along with Patrick Sauber (Tim O’Brien, Peter Rowan, Laurie Lewis, A Mighty Wind, etc.).

The booklet contains in-depth liner notes written by Tom Carter (Fuzzy Mountain String Band) and the black & white photography of Blanton Owen. The set was designed by Howard Rains.

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Old Kentucky Whiskey-Fiddle Lesson with Bowing

In this “Cut-to-the-Chase” mini-lesson sponsored by the CA Bluegrass Association, David Bragger teaches the tune “Old Kentucky Whiskey” from Noah Beavers and Art Stamper. The tune is played at several speeds and broken down phrase-by-phrase with bowing demonstrated and called out.

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