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The April 2008 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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Roanoke/Fincastle Special Souvenir Program from Nov. 27, 1965

 The Frank Wakefield Band Y2K (Feb 2000) Tour Photos

 Fiddle> Learn Cattle In The Cane. Hear it Played Slow

 Must See! Bean Blossom June 99 Pictures

 The Frank Wakefield House Concert Y2K Tour

 Frank Wakefield Radio Show No 1

Frank Wakefield Band "Y2K Tour" Poster

 The Kenny Baker Induction Promo Pages

 Tex Logan in the Bell Labs News Pages

Jim's Electric Fiddle

The Lime House Blues Recording Sessions

Bean Blossom in the Press 1969

The Cat Diaries - Frank Wakefield Band Adventures

Blueberry Records Studios


Audio Mixing Consoles I have Known and Loved

Don't miss 1, 2 or 3!

1) The Bluegrass Photo Gallery,
2) The Interviews,
3) The mp3 Audio File Downloads.
Just scroll down the page slowly
to find these links.


Terry Kistner 

Busy working on a Bluegrass Fiddle DVD, shown here where
Frank asking questions about playing the fiddle



Wendy Temko 

Mary Lefor

Contributions of interesting stories or photos are welcome.
The barn pictured above is the entrance to Bean Blossom's
Brown County Jamboree Park.  The barn was lined with 
pot belly stoves used for heating in the cold winter nights
when many of Bill Monroe shows were performed.  There 
existed a wooden bladed fan that made a slow sweep and
brushed its frame as it did, that was often used on stage to
cool the musicians in the summer.  This sweeping fan noise
can be heard in many of the field recordings made in "The Barn". 
This building which contained the indoor stage and the outdoor stage, 
both pictured in the photo gallery, were destroyed and 
replaced in the later years.  Such is progress.

Jim Moss

Visit the "Back Room" for a time travel jam...

An Interview With Frank Wakefield:1-20-98
The now famous: "Frank Improves His Lloyd Loar" interview.
(Interviewed by Jim Moss )

Photo by Tom Tworek

Visit the Frank Wakefield's Lesson Page
    Learn Catnip from Frank Wakefield his own-self...
The Moss/Wakefield/Black Album Project

Photos from M/W/B Recording Sessions

Photos from M/W/B Recording Sessions

Nov. 97 Freight & Salvage Show

Out Front at the Nov. 97 Freight Show

The Frank Wakefield Band's 98 Freight Show

Photos Of Bean Blossom June 99

The Bluegrass Photo Gallery

See photos of Bill Monroe's 1960's and 1970's bands at 
Bean Blossom Jamboree park, Frank Wakefield Band, Moss/Wakefield/Black album photos, Bluegrass One, 
1970's High Country, and more.

The Interviews & Stories Index

   Interviews, Rumors, Stories and just plain lies 
from all sources. 
Maybe you have a story?
 Megan Bearder

Published Here: 
Wayne Lewis: Bluegrass
Richard Greene: Bluegrass
Jesse McReynolds: Bluegrass
Jimmy Martin: Bluegrass
Lamar Grier: Bluegrass
Roland White: Bill Monroe Christmas
Frank Wakefield: Bluegrass
Bobby Hicks: Bluegrass
Jack Hicks: Bluegrass
Mike Stoica: Recording Consoles 

Coming Soon: 

Kenny Baker: Bluegrass

Sonny Osborne: Bluegrass
David Grisman: Bluegrass
Mike Hersh (done): Studio E&P

Hear it Now!
mp3 Music Audio Page
Hear Kenny Baker & Bob Black
live at Bean Blossom 1973.
Also, Jim Moss recordings with: 

Frank Wakefield 
Bob Black 
Kenny Baker 
Jessie McReynolds 
Dave Thompson 
Roy Husky
Jeff Smith 
Larry Sweat 
Paul Squyres


   This video is of the Lime House Blues Recording Sessions with Paul Squyres
and Jim Moss. The recording sessions were in 1996 and show the development
of the swing sound for the bass and guitar on this track. This was recorded at 

David Shogren's Subsonics Studio. That is Dave at the mixing console. 

Dave was a founding member of the Doobie Brothers rock band.



Take a look at the "Through The Winshield"
Through The Windshield Banjo Tab Book

And the "Tanyards"
Tanyards Banjo Tab Book

Cattle in the Cane, Florida Blues, Chicken Reel, Paddy On The Turnpike,
Tanyards, Real Foot Reel, Apple Blossom, Sugar In The Gourd,
Forked Deer & Old Uncle Jordan and more.
    Recorded by Jim Moss on his 1983 & 1984 Bluegrass Fiddle
    albums "Tanyards" and "Through The Windshield". 

Kathy Holt 

 Recording and Technical Links
Links to pages of interest to recording engineers, producers and musicians who are involved in the recording process.
Internet Radio Stations

Net Radio (Bluegrass Internet Radio)

Mountain Folk (Internet Radio)

 Solid Gold Bluegrass (Internet Radio)

 KPIG Cuzin Al's Bluegrass Show: Sunday's 

Order The New 
Sleeping Lady CD

Send Me Information (Email Click Here)

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
 Adele Gaynor, Lauri Copeland, Debby Meyer, Dee Dee Sprinkles, Sharon Sprinkles

Jaydeen Angel, Mary Lafore

"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
Desiree Mcgee

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

 Taria Parmalee

  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

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


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