Bluegrass And The Abstract Truth

Garrison, Gordy, Hargreaves, And Walsh

This new project is a collaboration of four musical friends who are long-time veterans of the music industry. Greg Garrison is the bassist and has played with such artists as the Punch Brothers, Lyle Lovett, and Leftover Salmon. Grant Gordy is the guitarist and is a veteran of David Grisman’s quartet. Mandolinist Joe K. Walsh is known for his work with Darol Anger and the Gibson Brothers, and Alex Hargreaves has worked with the Turtle Island Quartet and Sarah Jarosz. 

This gathering has produced a really nice instrumental compilation of both original tunes and covers. These selections showcase each player’s talents and also exhibits the musical blend of instrumentation that the four have so easily accomplished. The originals consist of Walsh’s “The Wolf Who Cried Boy” and “The Bold Coast” while Gordy penned “The Elephant of Surprise” and “Sports.” Garrison’s contribution is “Woodpile” and Hargreaves gives the set “Rattlesnake Pass.”

Other selections include Grisman’s “Mill Valley Waltz” and “Steppin’ With Stephane,” Roy Acuff’s “Smokey Mountain Rag,” Bill Frisell’s “Go Jake,” and “Mahjong” from Wayne Shorter. This is a nice and easy listening experience with acoustic selections that cover the musical influences of each player, be it Bluegrass, Jazz, Swing, and Country. 

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