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by Andy Leftwich
 
Andy Leftwich is one of those fiddlers everyone talks about in whispers, usually after having seen him tear up the stage as a member of Ricky Skaggs' Kentucky Thunder band. Equally adept on mandolin as the fiddle and a better than average guitarist as well, Leftwich generally handles several instrumental

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Andy Leftwich is one of those fiddlers everyone talks about in whispers, usually after having seen him tear up the stage as a member of Ricky Skaggs' Kentucky Thunder band. Equally adept on mandolin as the fiddle and a better than average guitarist as well, Leftwich generally handles several instrumental chores at a time on his debut as a leader, but is also assisted by a crack team of sidemen, including resonator guitarist Rob Ickes, bassists Mark Fain and Missy Raines, and banjo player Richard Bailey. The program is weighted toward more or less traditional bluegrass, but it also contains strong elements of jazz (check out his blistering version of Django Reinhardt's "Minor Swing") and Grisman/Rice-style new acoustic music (check out his own "Faultline," which could have been taken straight off an old Tony Rice Unit album). On the other hand, you might mistake his "Leaving New Hampshire" for a traditional fiddle tune -- in fact, on the B part you might mistake it for "Soldier's Joy." The album ends with a lovely solo mandolin version of "Jesus Loves Me." Very highly recommended.

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Release Date:
07/01/2003
Label:
Skaggs Family
UPC:
0669890200923
catalogNumber:
2009

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Ride 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
whitehousefriend More than 1 year ago
Orginal, stuff you don't hear on any radio but wish you did.
Guest More than 1 year ago
With the exception of "Minor Swing" and "Jesus Loves Me," Andy Leftwich's debut album includes original instrumental compositions best described as hot, cookin' acoustic music in the newgrass vein. His music has jazz, Celtic, swing and certainly bluegrass influences. Leftwich may be best known as fiddler in Ricky Skaggs' Kentucky Thunder band, but he also plays mandolin, guitar on this project. And boy, does he open 'er wide and put on full steam ahead! His gumptious accompanists include Rob Ickes (dobro), Richard Bailey (banjo), Mark Fain or Missy Raines (bass), Travis Alltop or Cody Kilby (guitar). Ricky Skaggs (mandolin, guitar) appears on "Minor Swing," Dale Scragg adds some light percussion on opener, "Shining Waters," and Jeff Taylor's accordion appears in the mix on two tracks-"Queen Anne's Lace" and "A Greater Love." Leftwich's debut album has a nice variety of instrumentals from the reflective "An Angel Forever" and minimalist "Leaving New Hampshire" to the peppy "Slaterville" and hustling "Melee On The Backstretch." I especially liked the way they put some punch into their arrangement of Django Reihnardt and Stephane Grappelli's "Minor Swing." Everyone's right there with the goods on this plush instrumental project. Leftwich is a musical spark plug, and Andy and his friends have all of their cylinders well oiled and synchronized for "ride." (Joe Ross, staff writer, Bluegrass Now)