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Thread #46624   Message #1084509
Posted By: Fortunato
02-Jan-04 - 09:11 AM
Thread Name: Review: PHILLY FOLKSONG SOCIETY Reviews
Subject: BETH MEAD: BIG BANDJO, Second Session
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    BETH MEAD: BIG BANDJO, Second Session

If jazz is blues and blues is folk and bluegrass is "folk music in overdrive", what are we to make of banjo belle, Beth Mead, who has taken her Scruggs licks on a tour of Swing standards for a second session of "BIG BANDJO"? I suggest we bring our hands together and applaud her talent, her taste and her infinite variety (as Will Shakespeare used to say). I have liked the three-finger style applied to big band favorites ever since Roger Sprung and the Progressive Bluegrassers pioneered the movement back in the early 60's. Beth Mead is a worthy successor to the Sprung legacy. Her playing is uncluttered and melodic. Her selections are adventurous but recognizable. She covers the obvious crossover numbers ("Ain't She Sweet", "When You're Smiling", "Bye Bye Blues") and the surprising ("I'm Always Chasing Rainbows", "Polka Dots and Moonbeams") with equal fervor and skill. You can order this lively CD from Beth, whose e-mail address is (Att. banjo pickers; you can get tablature for the songs on this CD from the same e-mail source. How about that?)

--- Michael Miller, Tune-Up, a publication of the Philadelphia Folksong Society