Grey Cat On The Tennessee Farm

- Peter Feldmannn

with

Byron Berline - fiddle
Bill Bryson - bass
Dennis Caplinger - 5 & 6 string banjo
Dan Crary - guitar
Wayne Shrubsall - banjo

Now folks, buy this record!
It's good music, besides,
you'll please the ladies
and gentelmen trying to sell it!
  
- Uncle Dave Macon
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Grey Cat On The Tennessee Farm
A tribute to the music of
Uncle Dave Macon, "The Dixie Dewdrop"
14 songs plus 8-page booklet with notes and photos


Reviews:
Banjo Newsletter  *   Bluegrass Unlimited  *  Bluegrass Breakdown
Review by Al Shusterman, KCBL, Sacramento, California
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Contains 14 wonderful Uncle Dave songs and tunes
Click on blue song links for music samples...

Old Plank Road   *  Jordan Is A Hard Road To Travel
Take Me Home Poor Julia  *   Rabbit In The Pea Patch
Buddy Won't You Roll Down The Line
Grey Cat On The Tennessee Farm
John Henry   *    I'll Rise When The Rooster Crows
Rye Straw   *   Johnny Gray   *   The Deer Chase
Forked Deer  *   Goin' Back To Dixie  *   Sail Away Ladies

"YOU'VE DONE IT! ... Great sound, great job, great layout! .. high quality workmanship, both visually and audio."
   - Dave Macon (Uncle Dave's grandson)

"What a wonderful recording ... exceptional!" - David Holt

"A unique idea! .. well produced by excellent muscians..." - Mike Seeger

"The impact of this extraordinary CD just takes your breath away." - Al Shusterman, KCBL (read entire review)

"I 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 entire review)

"Peter 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 entire review)

"The 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

Rated 5 HOT Dogs! - Lindsay Mar * Chicken Hot Rod 2RRR 88.5FM * Sydney, Australia

"On 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.

Grey Cat makes the "This Old Porch, WNCW Top Ten New Releases of 2005" list. - Joe Cline

"...Peter 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. "

-
Emily Salisbury Keene

"This album is a great romp through the music of Uncle Dave Macon, and is one of the happiest, toe-tappingest albums this reviewer has ever heard!"

- Brenda Hough, California BG Association.

"Peter Feldman & the Pea Patch Quintet’s 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. I’m 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 entire review)


 

Peter Feldmannn and the
Pea Patch Quintet: Wonderful fiddlin', plenty of twin banjos (5- and 6-sting), and 4-part harmonies, done right. HOT Dog!
Pete & The Pea Patch Quintett
The Pea Patch Quintet

This is an age of technical perfection in music, there are many truly great fiddle players. Byron Berline stands out for many reasons: his unmistakable tone, his fluid bowing, his musical inventiveness, and the seemingly effortless way he weaves his musical lines into a tune or song . . . all these features make him one of America's great fiddlers from any age. Byron's fiddling on this project weaves through the songs like a fine silk ribbon, tying the songs together into a continuous whole.

Bill Bryson's distinctive playing keeps the time flowing with his wonderful bass lines. Bill is also a long time fan of Uncle Dave . . . and a good clawhammer banjo player in his own right. His ancient- sounding minstrel banjo serves to bookcase this album with its own haunting presence.

"Six string" Professor Dan Crary is "Mr. Guitar" in flatpick circles, and can often be heard on tour as our international ambassador of the flattop, steel string guitar. His breathtaking solos on this album help bring Uncle Dave's music into our new century.

I first met Wayne Shrubsall at a New Mexico music party, hosted by a Texan who enjoys throwing a yearly bash for his 500 most intimate friends. Wayne's been a monthly columnist for Banjo Newsletter, and a banjo teacher and player for a good long time. We've performed together as a duo in "The Old Time Band", and can be heard on an earlier CD, "Good Fellow" (HC-502).

Dennis Caplinger is a master player on several stringed instruments, with an inventiveness that's a rarity, even among great musicians. He plays both 5 and 6 string banjos here, fingerpicking style. I chose Dennis as my co-producer because of the distinctive jobs he's done on other projects, and because he simply won't let anybody get by without evoking their best possible performance.

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CD Credits: Peter Feldmannn, Bill Bryson, Dennis Caplinger, Byron Berline, Wayne Shrubsall, Dan Crary
  1) Intro Peter - spoken
Bill - clawhammer gourd banjo
  2) Old plank road

Peter - lead vocal, mandolin
Byron - fiddle
Bill - bass
Dan - guitar
Dennis - tenor, banjo

  3) Jordan is a hard road to travel as no. 2
  4) Take me home poor Julia as no. 2 except:
Byron - baritone
add: Wayne - bass, clawhammer banjo
  5) Rabbit in the pea patch Peter - lead vocal, mandolin
Byron - fiddle
Bill - bass
Dan - guitar
Dennis - 3 finger banjo
Wayne - clawhammer banjo
  6) Roll down the line Peter - lead, mandolin
Byron - tenor, fiddle
Dennis - bass, 6 string banjo
Dan - guitar
Wayne - baritone, 3 finger 5string banjo
Bill - bass
  7) Goin Back To Dixie as no. 2 except:
Byron - tenor, fiddle
Dennis - banjo only
  8) Grey Cat as no. 5
  9) Brag talk Peter
  10) John Henry as no. 5
  11) Kiss Peter
  12) Johnny Grey Peter - lead vocal
Wayne - tenor, 5 string banjo
Byron - baritone
Dennis - bass, 6 string banjo
  13) Rye Straw as no. 5, no singing
  14) King David Peter
  15) Rise When The Rooster Crows Peter - lead vocal, mandolin
Wayne - tenor
Dan - guitar
Bill - baritone, bass
Byron - fiddle
Dennis - bass vocal, 3 finger banjo
  16) Deer Chase Peter - vocal, clawhammer banjo
Byron - fiddle
Wayne - clawhammer banjo
Dennis - 3 finger banjo
  17) Forked Deer as no. 13, except without Wayne
  18) Sail Away Ladies Peter - lead vocal, tenor on 2nd refrain, mandolin
Byron - high baritone, fiddle
Dennis - bass, tenor, & 5 string banjo
Dan - guitar
Wayne - lead vocal on refrain
Bill - bass
  19) Outro Peter - spoken
Bill -clawhammer gourd banjo
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