In our past recordings together, including each of our debut recordings, John and I have tended to focus on our own instrumental compositions, but with this trio recording with Sharon, we’ve chosen traditional and “sounds like traditional” tunes that sound at home on our instruments and under our fingers. That they also come from or are associated with many of our greatest musical heroes—Bill Monroe, Clarence and Roland White, Kenny Baker, Doc Watson, and a bevy of great fiddlers—is probably not accidental. We didn’t set out to record a tribute to all these fine folks, but it looks like we have, most likely because it’s impossible for us to escape their influence. The focus of this recording became clearer when we ventured into the wondrous Sage Arts studio in Arlington, Washington, thanks to the generosity of Ed Littlefield, Erick Jaskowiak, and Fred Forssell. The sound of us sitting in a circle around a small forest of mics and simply playing tunes in this wonderful sounding room, shepherded by Erick’s engineering genius, inspired us to keep it simple, an aural document of a fortuitous meeting: a couple of days in November 2015 and a couple more in April 2016.
released September 1, 2016
John Reischman: mandolin and mandola
Scott Nygaard: guitar
Sharon Gilchrist: mandolin and bass
Recorded at Sage Arts, Arlington, Washington
Engineered and mixed by Erick Jaskowiak
Produced and arranged by John Reischman, Scott Nygaard, and Sharon Gilchrist
Mastered by David Travers-Smith
Photography by Mike Melnyk
Design by Pharis Romero
Thanks to Erick Jaskowiak, Fred Forssell, Pete Ritchie, Gwendolyn Reischman, Alexis and Vanessa Stevens, Anisa Duncan, Claudia Campazzo, Joey Nygaard, Peghead Nation, the Gilchrist and Walker families, Beth Weil, Manning Music, Carter Vintage Guitars, Richard Bailey, Cary Black, and Mary Flower.
Special thanks to Ed Littlefield, without whom this recording would never have happened.
John Reischman played his 1924 Gibson F-5 mandolin and two mandolas, a 2009 Stan Miller Brazilian rosewood and a 1997 Lawrence Smart maple.
Scott Nygaard played his 1956 Martin D-28 and 1948 Gibson J-45 (on “My True Love Away”) guitars.
Sharon Gilchrist played bass and her 1991 Gilchrist F5 mandolin.