DONE IT! ... Great sound, great job, great layout! .. high quality
workmanship, both visually and audio."
- Dave Macon (Uncle Dave's grandson)
a wonderful recording ... exceptional!" - David Holt
unique idea! .. well produced by excellent muscians..." -
impact of this extraordinary CD just takes your breath away."
- Al Shusterman, KCBL (read
strongly recommend Feldmannn's loving and creative tribute to
Macon - to both old-time music enthusiasts and bluegrassers;
with a minimum of esthetic compromise, it manages to respect both
traditions, and makes for excellent listening as well". -
Bill Dillof, Banjo Newsletter (read
Feldmann inhabits that space where the boundary between oldtime
music and bluegrass, if it exists at all, is almost indistinct.
For many years, he ran the oldtime contest in Goleta, Cal., and
he issued Eck Robertson's original recordings on his own label.
He also plays some fine bluegrass, and he combines the two on
this recording, a tribute to Uncle Dave Macon . . . wonderful
music ... and well worth a listen!" - Steve Goldfield,
Bluegrass Unlimited (Read
CD is way cool ... It is in heavy rotation in the Spurgin Toyota-mobile
Have been cruising the Sierra's with GREY CAT blasting out the
windows!" - Steve Spurgin
5 HOT Dogs! -
Lindsay Mar * Chicken Hot Rod 2RRR 88.5FM * Sydney, Australia
behalf of my listeners and of course myself, I must compliment
you with this great 'Grassified' tribute to Uncle Dave Macon.
Sparkling arrangements of his oldtime country songs make this
CD unique and a must-have item for everyone who is interested
in country music history. You succeeded in putting together a
great backing band, the pick of the crop of West Coast bluegrass.
"For me, it's an honour to air this great music
on my Bluegrass Express. In the upcoming months I will
include this super CD in my syndicated radio network shows in
Ireland, N. Zealand, South Africa, and Argentina. " -
Ted Clark, Ted Clark Syndications, The Netherlands.
Cat makes the "This Old Porch, WNCW Top Ten New Releases
of 2005" list. - Joe Cline
Feldmann has put together a very entertaining 'concept album'that
combines spoken word and some of the West Coast's best instrumentalists
in an imaginative yet sympathetic updating of some very tuneful
Old Time music. This is truly an album that has 'something for
everyone'. Feldmann serves as lead vocalist and 'master of ceremonies'
for what is essentially what you might expect to hear if you were
lucky enough to attend one of Uncle Dave Macon's tent shows in
the 1930's but presented with the musical sophistication demanded
by present day audiences. Though it's accessible enough for the
uninitiated, Bluegrass afficianados will marvel at Fiddler Byron
Berline and Guitarist 'Deacon' Dan Crary breaks and backup-flawless
without being stale-they still manage not to overshadow Peter
Feldmann's warm vocals.
Berline is featured on two fiddle tunes which are worth the price
of the album on their own merit. Feldmann provides some good solid
Monroe style mandolin and Dennis Caplinger plays impeccable three
finger banjo-he neatly combines the melodic and rhythmic content
of Dave Macon's banjo with the sparkling drive of Bluegrass style
picking and is worth a listen by any student of the five-string.
Old Timey banjoist Wayne Shrubsall pops in briefly on a couple
of tunes to remind us that there was a fully developed banjo tradition
before Scruggs put the banjo into overdrive and his duet work
with Caplinger is exquisite.
Most importantly however, this album is a true 'family' fare-something
both adults and children can listen to without annoying one another.
Respectful without being precious, plain spoken without being
condescending, these guys obviously had a lot of fun making this
album-and you'll have fun listening to it. "
album is a great romp through the music of Uncle Dave Macon, and
is one of the happiest, toe-tappingest albums this reviewer has
Feldman & the Pea Patch Quintets album is a strong bluegrass
tribute to the old-time songs of Uncle Davy. Bluegrassers should
take note of how well these kinds of songs adapt to the genre.
Rather than some half-baked folk revivalist effort, the songs
were conceptually arranged with bluegrass instrumentation, in
fact a few banjos, as well as a variety of vocal stackings. Im
sure Uncle Dave would be proud of the little hot runs on
the banjo (some with touches of harmony), along with all
the other fine musicianship here."
Joe Ross, Bluegrass Now (Read