Silk City

Silk City

performed by Barry Mitterhoff, 1962- (Rounder Records, 1992), 52 mins

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Field of Interest
American Music
Content Type
Music recording
52 mins
Sub Genre
Rounder Records
Barry Mitterhoff, 1962-
Release Date
Stellar mandolinist Barry Mitterhoff steps to the foreground on this ambitious set of performances, which includes sizzling bluegrass, polkas, classical music, and a "Wizard of Oz Medley" finale that is truly right over the rainbow. The mandolinist, more often heard as a sideman in the band of Hazel Dickens, among other projects, is that rare musician who can play both old-time music and the classics with the proper feeling, and he is adept at half a dozen other forms of music as well. He also shines as a composer on this album. It is no surprise that other fine musicians would want to hang around with such a gent, and banjo master Tony Trishcka is among the gang on board. He also pens the liner notes but doesn't explain why the record company waited four years to release this. There are also appearances by more unexpected instruments, such as concertina and sopranino recorder, and then there's the ultra-demented {%Munchkin} Chorus. Kudos to Larry Cohen (the bassist, not the filmmaker) for his superb arrangements on the Oz material. ~ Eugene Chadbourne, All Music Guide
American Music, Music & Performing Arts, American Studies, Bluegrass Music, Bluegrass
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