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The March 2009 Bluegrass Newsletter

with: Bobby Hicks "Bluegrass Boys in the 1950s" Part 1 plus

Jack Hicks "Now and Then, Chromatic Banjo in The Bluegrass Boys" 

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1: The Frank Wakefield Official website from 11/18/1997 to 3/14/2007

Historical Website

Part of 

The Frank Wakefield Documentary Project


Frank Wakefield Bio


Frank Wakefield "On Film"


Click for Internal Site Search on Wakefield



Adventures in Bluegrass 14




Adventures in Bluegrass 9 

with FWB plus Wake & Dawg:



AB8 CT GO EAST Tour Movie

(for Windows Media Player 9):



Wake & Dawg Tone Poets Sessions



Listen to GO EAST 04 NYC Show:

mp3 audio FWB in NYC 

5: Jim Moss's
Recording Technical 
& Music Links Page http://www.mossware.com/technical.html


Click for Internal Site Search on Moss


 Ultra Clear  Instruction DVDs
Frank Wakefield Mandolin DVDs:  

Frank Wakefield  Photo Collection




Bill Monroe Christmas 1968




Frank Wakefield Band CA 2004 http://www.rentalfilm.com/FWBwebcast/



GO WEST TOUR 2005 Photos



Katy Hill YouTube



2: Jim Moss's ****
Bluegrass & Swing Fiddle Magazine (mp3 audio)

Melody in Celtic Scale Project

6: Jim Moss's 
Bluegrass Interviews
Fiddle Lesson "Cattle In The Cane"
Blueberry Records CDs & Tab
3: " Live Video"

Frank Wakefield  Band AB-2
Adventures in Bluegrass II

Frank Wakefield  Band AB-3 http://www.rentalfilm.com/AB3/

The Frank Wakefield Band's

Sweden, England & Scotland Tour 

Sweden Tour 2004 Photos1

Sweden Tour 2004 Photos2

Sweden Tour 2004 Photos3

Sweden Tour 2004 Photos4

Sweden Tour 2004 Photos5

UK Tour 2004 Photos1

UK Tour 2004 Photos2

UK Tour 2004 Photos3 Steeple Morden


7: Jim Moss's

Bluegrass Photo Gallery http://www.mossware.com/photolist.html

Bluegrass News Letter 
JUNE 2003 Issue: 
Click Here to View News Letter

2004 Midwest Tour Photos 
http://www.candlewater.com/midwest04/  Cleveland Mandolin Class

FWB at the Freight CA 2004

Photos from the band's Feb. 2002 
West Coast Tour:
http://www.candlewater.com/FWB2002WCT/ http://www.candlewater.com/FWB2002WestCoastTour/

Review of Tractor Tavern Show: 

4: Frank Wakefield Band
Freight & Salvage Show 2000 
(streaming audio)


Frank Wakefield on Mandozine


8: Jim Moss's 
(streaming audio)
Mp3 Audio File Gallery
(Concert in Streaming Audio)
Say it again!



Fun Stuff !

Project Bluebook Archive:  http://bluebookarchive.org/

  The Cat Diaries

4-1000a Project

Important Stuff !

Ascent of Money

Magna Carta

Habeas Corpus

United States Constitution

United States Bill of Rights


Order The New 

Sleeping Lady CD


Sleeping Lady  

Turkey In The Straw, Walkin' In My Sleep, Catnip, Moonlight Waltz, Bluegrass Swing, The Old Mountaineer, Call Of The Shepherd, Little Rabbit, Cruel Willie, Cotton Eyed Joe, Salt Creek, Carol County Blues, Sleeping Lady, Midnight At Bean Blossom


Independent  Reviews From Mandolin Lists

The final word of praise goes to your "Sleeping Lady."  First, the
recording itself:  I see what you meant by saying that you recorded Frank
as if the mandolin were 50' tall.  Clear, hard, stunning clarity:  the
pick clicking on strings throughout.  Many things to praise, from that
great split break between fiddle and mandolin in "Turkey" (you go low and
he goes high) to that languid sweet slide you get on "Sleeping
Lady"--followed by Frank's teasing slow tempo in his break.  In fact, on
both these recordings Frank sounds more like Monroe than ever, and seems
deliberately to have slowed much of his playing (noticeable on "Camptown",
my fifth recorded version and my favorite) which gives a wonderful effect.
 A very great record.  I have been playing John Hartford's two Ed Haley
records ("The Speed of the Old Long Bow" and ("Wild Hog") lately, and
yours has entered the rotation for daily listening.   In fact for variety
as well as great playing, I rank it with the K. Colonels "Appalachian
Swing" and Dan Crary's "Bluegrass Guitar."
Now please find your way to New England.

Randall Colaizzi 
Professor of Classical Studies
Wellesley College

"Sleeping Lady" Bluegrass Instrumentals by Jim Moss (on Fiddle),
featuring Frank Wakefield (Mandolin) and Bob Black (Banjo), is a CD that must
not be kept a "Sleeping Lady".  It must be heard by all!

I purchased the CD after the Frank Wakefield Concert at McCabes! 
I was able to meet Jim Moss~ and I must say i was very impressed with his playing! 
Actually, I think the band would have played into the wee hours of the night... that is
how much they love their music!   BTW the concert was 3 1/2 hours long!

On the CD, my favorite songs are:  "Moonlight Waltz",
"Catnip", "Little Rabbit", and "Cotton Eyed Joe".

Check this CD out... You won't be disappointed!

My best,
Linda Riha
Burbank, CA

That is a GREAT album.  I bought one from Mr. Moss at the
Frank Wakefield Band show at McCabes.  I don't think I have ever heard
Fiddle and Mandolin with the rich Monroe sound as I have with this CD.
Mr Wakefield's mandolin sounds like it is coming through the speakers.
Same for the fiddle.   This is like no other mandolin CD.

Why can't we get more CDs with the huge sound that Sleeping Lady has.
Moonlight Waltz is incredible.   I also like Walking In My Sleep.

This is the first Moss album I have seen.    Does anyone know if there
are others out.

This sure has the Monroe sound.
Bill Mason

Frank Wakefield's fiddle player, band leader, manager and booking agent,
Jim Moss has a new CD called "Sleeping Lady". Frank's all over it with his
own unique style as is Bob Black on banjo and various others. This is some
really powerful fiddle playing....tough,strong recording. Bluegrass on
steroids! There are some good old tunes, some new stuff and it's a really
fresh take. He uses some open tunings on the fiddle where it sounds like a
bunch of bagpipes along with the fiddle. Good stuff as anything Frank
participates seems to be. Get it at: www.candlewater.com. Highly
recommended with no financial interest. 

Larry Otis

I have to second Linda's "A MUST"!  Sleeping Lady is one of the most
tasteful projects that I've listened to in quite a while.  All instrumental,
and several Jim Moss originals.  Jim's fiddle is spectacular, Wakefield's
Loar is stellar, and Black's banjo is about as tasteful as I've ever heard.
Kenny Baker must be some more teacher!

Gary McElwee



  The "Sleeping Lady" CD is outstanding! I can't believe you guys aren't
household names! Every tune is great, from the smokin' "Turkey in the Straw"
to the title tune. I'm going to order both of your current CD's and give a
copy of "Sleeping Lady" to my parents. They'll love it!

Thanks again,
John Bowen

I just wonder why we don't hear more music like this.  If you close your
eyes it sounds like Monroe himself.  It also sounds like Frank Wakefield.
The fiddle has real punch in fact the entire album has punch.  This is
what bluegrass sounded like in the 1960's.  Hard! and Tough!

Bill Mason


I just need to add my voice to the chorus of praise for the Jim Moss
"Sleeping Lady" recording. I received my copy yesterday. I played it in the
car on the way to work this morning. I've got a Bose system, and the sound
was just breathtaking. The fiddle and mandolin sounded like they were right
there in the car with me (at least until my wife made me turn it down some).
Not that the other instruments don't sound good as well, but it is those two
that sound so startlingly present to me. And while I'm talking about the CD,
I certainly don't want to ignore the music! Fourteen great tunes, some old
and some new (to me at least). Frank Wakefield sounds great as always, and
Bob Black does a fine job on banjo. I'd have to say that "Cruel Willie" is
my favorite. Sends chills up my spine as I listen to it hear now. VERY
powerful stuff. Right now I'm listening to it on my Cambridge Soundworks
Desktop Theater computer sound system, and it sounds great on that too!

Anyway, I'm rambling, and need to get back to work, but I can't say enough
about this recording. You owe it to yourself to get a copy. I have no
financial interest in saying so, and I don't know Jim personally (although I
hope our paths cross someday). 


Rob Coleman


Jim, I received your new CD Sleeping Lady.

This is a GREAT CD! There's some fine fiddling going on

and Frank is kicking it. It's getting repeated playing at the moment.

I like all the instrumentals but, I I'm really digging Bonus Track #16.


John Amann

Hi Jim, I'm listening to the Sleeping Lady CD today at work and I can't believe 
how well it's recorded.  My compliments to the chef !! 
(our mastering engineer at work is impressed)  Can't wait to hear the next batch.

When Walkin' In My Sleep came on it almost blew me out of my chair. 
Frank's mandolin sounds like it's coming from right between your ears. 
Bob Black sounds crystal clear and your fiddle rips right through your chest. 
I had to pour a drink and settle down.  That's the way Bluegrass is supposed to sound, 
not like the antiseptic recordings we hear today - way over produced like they're squeezing 
all the juice out of it.  English rocker and producer Nick Lowe used to mix everything 
through tiny car radio speakers and his records always sounded more present than 
anyone else's at the time.  I think we should all go back to mono and start over. 
By the way, last night I viewed part of the DVD and I must say that that's gotta be 
the best way to teach mandolin.  I had a non-playing mandolin friend with me 
who always asked me "how do you do that?" Now after seeing Frank, 
he's substantially demystified.  I'm very impressed with the whole method. 

Great Job Jim.
Roger Kash
Hallandale, FL


When I got home (Sunday) all I did for the next week is to play the new CD's 

and tape I got.  I couldn't believe I had only gotten the one with you on it (Sleeping Lady). 
I marked a few of the songs that were my favorite. 

When I heard 'Moonlight Waltz' I nearly wept. 

Cowgirl Nora


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