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Blue Soul

by Todd Collins

Bluegrass, acoustic music
Genre: Country: Bluegrass
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Blue Soul
1:36 $0.99
2. Burn
2:05 $0.99
3. Heartbreak Blues
2:43 $0.99
4. Are You Ready?
2:12 $0.99
5. Muddy Water, Rising Tide
2:49 $0.99
6. Cliff Hanger
2:29 $0.99
7. The Great Escape
3:14 $0.99
8. As the Crow Flies
2:37 $0.99
9. Death Letter Blues
3:28 $0.99
10. Three Empty Bottles
2:42 $0.99
11. Rosine
3:27 $0.99
12. I'm Going Home
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Album Notes
"Blue Soul" is a new collection of original Todd Collins' compositions in a traditional bluegrass context. Featuring the finest bluegrass players in the New York/ New Jersey area, the outcome is a soulful blend of traditional American Roots Music with contemporary touches.

Notable collaborations with acoustic groups:
* *Co-led eclectic group with John Carlini, "Over the Edge"
* *Progressive bluegrass with "Tom Hanway and Blue Horizon"
* *Acoustic blues and jugband music with the "Booglerizers"
* *Hard driving traditional bluegrass with "Straight Drive"
* *Swing with the "Blueswing Trio"
* *Contemporary jazz with his own combos

Todd Collins performs mainly in the northeastern United States, with forays as far as Maine, New Mexico, Scotland and England. He performs in a variety of settings that include solo jazz guitarist / mandolinist , duets, trios, and quartets. Todd has played blues, rock, folk, Classical, and bluegrass and performed with some of the most gifted acoustic musicians on the planet, including legendary fiddlers Vassar Clements and Kenny Kosek, banjo guru Bill Keith, Peter Rowan, and Butch Baldassari's Nashville Mandolin Trio. Todd collaborated with former Grisman arranger/guitarist John Carlini to form an eclectic acoustic band, Over the Edge, which fused bluegrass, Classical, jazz and World music. Their CD received wide recognition and airplay across America.

Collins' recording credits include film and television. He played mandolin for the Disney film soundtrack "Tom and Huck" and for a Polaroid commercial. Collins is also a producer who is in demand, with recordings by Over the Edge, The Lost Rambler's, noted banjoist Terry McGill, and singer/songwriter Tom Nieman.

Todd is the coordinator of the recording program and an assistant professor at County College of Morris, Randolph, NJ. At CCM he has assembled and conducted numerous workshops, seminars, and concerts including the annual "A Day of Bluegrass". He also gives workshops for guitar and mandolin, in the States and abroad, and was the mandolin instructor for the "Bluegrass Masters Workshops" at Big Apple Bluegrass , a popular bluegrass and roots music festival in New York City. His book of Bill Monroe transcriptions titled "Monroe Instrumentals", is published by Mel Bay Publishing. His second book, "Classic Solos of Bill Monroe", will also be released by Mel Bay Publishing.

Collins has been commissioned to compose works for modern dance companies in the New York/New Jersey area, including Beyond Dance, Inc., the Montclair State University Dance Department, and the County College of Morris Dance Department.

Todd Collins earned a Master of Music degree in Jazz Studies from Rutgers University and a Bachelor of Music degree from Montclair State University.

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Gary Eddey

This is a first rate recording of new Bluegrass tunes in the classic tradition b
This is a first rate Bluegrass recording that is technically superior by the musically creative Todd Collins. Anyone who loves traditional Bluegrass will indeed love this album of new tunes. From the album cover photography to the music that sits inside the disc, I recommend it highly to anyone who loves Bluegrass or for the listener who wants to learn about traditional Bluegrass.

Clifton Ladd

Creative and original contemporary bluegass, with deep roots in tradition
This is a must-have recording for anyone interested in contemporary bluegrass. Todd Collins’ musical mastery and Alison Iati’s rich, flowing voice like mountain honey are a perfect combination. The recording quality and mixing are technically outstanding. Collins and Iati wrote most of the tunes on this collection, and the one composition by another artist, Son House’s “Death Letter Blues” is just breathtakingly, heartbreakingly, mindblowingly fantastic!!!

Bob DeWire

I'm no expert on bluegrass, but I know good music when I hear it and this is good. I'm glad I bought it.

Doug Stevenson

A stellar recording of original, traditional-style bluegrass
This stellar recording consists of 11 original bluegrass tunes (including 4 instrumentals) from guitarist/mandolinist Todd Collins. It also includes a stunning version of the old Son House blues song "Death Letter Blues". The playing throughout is superb, as Collins has assembled some of the finest bluegrass players in the northeastern U.S. I particularly enjoyed the singing of Jen Larson and the picking of Terry McGill on banjo, but this is a recording where everyone gets a chance to shine. If you love the traditional bluegrass sound, "Blue Soul" needs to be in your collection.

Martin Maier

great music
great bluegrass sound - a must for everybody who likes this kind of music

Patty Steele

Superb Americana Roots Music..........
Multi-talented mandolinist/guitarist/producer Todd Collins
has assembled a top-notch group of musicians for this superb
bluegrass recording.Collin's production is clean and spare-
perfect for the acoustic stringed instruments so well utilized in this stunning CD.

Art Gazdik

A refreshing mix of new tunes played by some of the best pickers in Bluegrass.
A nice mix of traditional Bluegrass songs written by mandolin player Todd Collins with lyrical input from vocalist Alison Iati. I enjoyed the crisp and clean picking and the spare vocal work. In particular the mandolin parts by Todd Collins and the fiddle work of Kenny Kosek are a joy to hear. The bango parts by Terry McGill are so cool and low key they grow more interesting upon each replay and the singing of Jen Larson is spare, right on pitch and to point. If you like traditional Bluegrass you will love this CD.

Matt Sprung

Appalachian-Soul Personified
Todd Collins hits all the marks on this keeper. The instruments are clean, crisp and clear. The vocals are down-home and sweet. This is a real jewel.