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Aaron Nathans & Michael G. Ronstadt | Crooked Fiddle

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Crooked Fiddle

by Aaron Nathans & Michael G. Ronstadt

Aaron Nathans & Michael G. Ronstadt blending wild-mind, bittersweet songwriting and virtuosic cello into musical combustion, creating "Crooked Fiddle".
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  Song Share Time Download
1. I Stood Upon a Hill
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2. Cars Don't Keep
4:18 $0.99
3. One Step
5:05 $0.99
4. Old Joe's Chair
4:05 $0.99
5. Crooked Fiddle
2:56 $0.99
6. If I Had an Axe
4:03 $0.99
7. All Along the Watchtower
3:24 $0.99
8. Tongue Stuck in Ice
2:59 $0.99
9. Thirteen
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10. Doing the Best I Can
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11. Fire On the Prairie
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12. Drop of a Hat
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Michael Ronstadt and Aaron Nathans, both successful musicians in their own right, release a collaborative album, CROOKED FIDDLE, blending wild-mind, bittersweet songwriting and virtuosic cello into musical combustion.

Michael hails from music royalty. The nephew of Linda Ronstadt, who just received the National Medal of Honor in a ceremony with President Obama, Michael carries on the music traditions of his family, performing over 200 nights a year with various projects, including The Ronstadt Generations, a Southwestern acoustic trio with his father Michael J. Ronstadt, and brother Petie Ronstadt. In a recent interview on the Diane Rehm’s show, Linda said this about her nephew, “Mikey is a master’s level cellist and he also plays the guitar really well. He can play anything with strings and is well versed in various rhythm cultures….” Michael has a masters in cello performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and is a nationally sought after teacher and session player. For nearly 20 years, Michael has been performing throughout the US, Canada and Mexico, including alongside Linda Ronstadt, David Bromberg, and Muriel Anderson.

Aaron was a 2011 Kerrville Folk Finalist, and has opened for Lucy Kaplansky, Tracy Grammer, Vance Gilbert and The Kennedys. His voice is low and sweet and his songs tell stories. The journalist in him wrote, “If I Had an Axe” as the imagining of Pete Seeger’s reaction to Bob Dylan “going electric” at the Newport Folk Festival. Ronstadt and Nathans co-wrote “I Stood Upon A Hill”, inspired from a dead poet’s work found in an old bookstore, which they adapted into a traditional sounding Irish folk song and received the blessing of the poet’s 95 year old nephew. On working with Michael, Aaron says, “It’s been a revelation, both in his talent and his prowess in the studio. I describe what we do as ‘Folko Ono meets Yo-Yo Ma’. Michael is all about chemistry and that makes it easy to play music with him. Together, we are creative and expressive, with a dash of silly. I’ve heard it’s a lot of fun to watch.”

CROOKED FIDDLE was produced and engineered by Michael G. Ronstadt in association with Ernie Tokay/Little Spiders Studio in Phoenixville, PA. Mixed by Phil Henry, with added vocals by Michael J. Ronstadt and Petie Ronstadt.



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