During the last two decades, a new breed of American virtuoso musicians have developed primarily instrumental music with roots in bluegrass, country, Celtic and blues. Some call it new acoustic, others newgrass. Mike Marshall is one of the most prolific and creative of that generation. He is now recording for the Adventure Music label, which has released the latest Psychograss CD, Now Hear This (Adventure Music AM1017 2, 2005) and Brazil Duets, an album of stimulating duets featuring Marshall alongside top of the line American and Brazilian musicians.
Psychograss is a now legendary American roots band, which draws inspiration from bluegrass. It includes five leading instrumentalists: Darol Angel (violin), Mike Marshall (mandolin), David Grier (guitar), Todd Phillips (acoustic bass) and Tony Trishka (banjo).
The Brazil Duets recording is dedicated to Choro music from Brazil. Choro is anbinstrumental style that is growing in popularity inside and outside Brazil. For this project, Mike Marshall collaborates with an impressive list of musicians: Bela Fleck (banjo), Edgar Meyer (bass), Andy Narell (piano), Kaila Flexer (violin), Michael Manring (electric bass), Jovino Santos Neto (piano), Andy Connell (saxophone) and Jackie Rago (cuatro).
For a taste of Mike Marshall’s earlier works, Rounder Records has reissued The Duo (Rounder Records, 2005), with Darol Anger & Mike Marshall. Violinist Darol Anger and mandolinist Mike Marshall were pioneers of the New Acoustic Music movement, which brought folk, jazz, bluegrass and world music influences together in an instrumental acoustic setting. Their groundbreaking 1983 album The Duo, highlights their virtuosity and creativity.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.