- Published in The Bluegrass Ireland Blog by Richard Hawkins · 31 May, 2014
Thanks to Aaron Jonah Lewis for the news that the Corn Potato String Band (USA), who will be performing in Ireland from 13 to 28 June inclusive in the course of a tour of Europe, are releasing today their new CD. It is now available at all the major digital distributors, and is available in physical or digital form from Cd Baby.
Aaron formed the CPSB last summer for a tour of India, sponsored by the US embassy there. All its members have impressive musical CVs and have won awards as solo performers or in previous bands. On the album Aaron plays fiddle, banjo, guitar, and baritone fiddle; Lindsay McCaw plays fiddle, guitar, banjo, Hawaiian steel guitar, and baritone fiddle; Ben Belcher plays banjo and guitar, and also did the art work. The fourteen tracks (including twin fiddling, double banjo tunes, Mexican string-band music, traditional old-time music, a bluegrass-style fiddle-and-banjo duet, and two original pieces) were recorded in January this year, live with no overdubs.
As well as being great entertainment, this album is a valuable reminder of the sheer wealth of source material for old-time music, coupled with high standards of musicianship – banjo-players who are still wrestling with Bill Keith’s setting of ‘Nola’ should hear it here as a twin banjo piece.
The CPSB begin their tour in Ireland on 13 June at the 8th Westport Folk and Bluegrass Festival in Co. Mayo, where Aaron will give a fiddle master-class and the band will be on the main concert (Sat. 14th). The full schedule is on their website and also on the BIB calendar.