collaboration of acoustic music innovators David Grisman and Sam
Bush is at hand with the Acoustic Disc release of Hold On, We're
Close friends since 1965 when Grisman put his Lloyd Loar mandolin in a teenaged Bush's hands, this most dynamic string duo has created an acoustic tour de force.
This historic release features eleven new Sam & David originals, showcasing the psychic interplay and stylistic fluidity that have permeated their stellar careers.
Kicking off this meeting of the mandolin minds is "Hartford's Real," an impassioned tip of the hat and heart to music legend John Hartford. Samís signature slide
mandolin playing leads the way on "Swamp Thing," while David's Dawg music influence is felt in the grooves of "Sea Breeze" and "Intimo." The spirit of their
longtime musical friendship is clearly evident as their styles merge on "Jamgrass 741," "Weeping Mandolin Waltz" and "Crusher & Hoss" (the nicknames of their legendary mandolins).
Bluegrass aficionados will revel in the Sam and David treatment of "Ralph's Banjo Special" and "Dan'l Boone," while "The Old Time Medley" takes you back to
bygone days with Sam on fiddle and David on 5-string banjo. "The Old South" has a distinct gospel tinge filled with mournful grace.
Rounding out the project are Jethro Burns' "'Cept Old Bill," a tasty bit
of wry bluegrass humor that letís everyone know who's the boss, and the
deliciously funky cover of (the other) Sam and Dave's soul classic "Hold
On, I'm Comin'." Guest artists appearing include Doc Watson accompanist
Jack Lawrence, Enrique Coria and Jim Kerwin of the David Grisman Quintet
and the legendary Hal Blaine making a cameo appearance on drums.
Hold On, We're Strummin' is destined to become a classic in the
world of contemporary acoustic string music.