Butch Baldassari & Van Manakas | Leavin' Tennessee

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Leavin' Tennessee

by Butch Baldassari & Van Manakas

"Leavin' Tennessee" pairs the late master of the mandolin, Butch Baldassari, with Van Manakas, a long-time guitar-pickin' colleague, on an extra long set of right-in-the-groove bluegrass instrumentals.
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1. Leavin' Tennessee
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2. Bell Buckle Belle
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3. Arapaho
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4. Fine Waltz
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5. Cotton Patch Rag
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6. Fiddler's Dream
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7. Jacob's Ladder
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8. Bitter Creek
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9. Red Bone
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10. Old South Waltz
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11. Lucky from Kentucky
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12. I Am a Pilgrim
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13. Bluegrass in the Backroads
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14. Bossman
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15. Indian Echo
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16. Spider Waltz
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17. Yellow Barber
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
A Butch Baldassari does not come along every day. Having achieved
conversational level with his instrument, able to express himself
extemporaneously in any context, Butch thus got beyond playing the
mandolin to playing the music. He was also the kind of true master
of his realm, in that he was able to step away from the light and
provide a strong and supportive backing to other virtuosos, allowing
them to shine in turn. This collection of tunes, mostly by Van
Manakas, wide and deep as it is, presents an appropriate overview-
though welcome as it is, it doesn’t cover or heal the breach that was
left when we lost Butch so soon, so unfairly. Yet as it provides so
many moments of his musical gifts, it helps. ~Pat Flynn

If Van Manakas isn’t well known among bluegrass fans, that’s a
problem for which Leavin’ Tennessee is part of the solution—and it’s
likely that this was one of the goals Butch had in mind when he and
Van set about making the album. Bluegrassers can, alas, be a
clannish bunch at times, and no matter how great an artist is, he or
she can pay a price for devoting time and energy and talent to other
styles-and a stroll through Van’s discography shows just how widely
he and rewardingly he’s roamed. But what this album shows, among
other things, is the depth of Van’s grasp of ‘grassy flatpicking and
the profundity of his approach, always informed by tradition but
never chained down by it. Anyone who ever saw Butch and Van
performing together knows how deep was the musical bond that they
shared, and everyone who never had the chance to see it can—right
now, right here—hear it for themselves. ~Jon Weisberger

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