Kenny Blackwell: The Vintage Sounds of Guitar and Mandolin


The HayDudes

HayDudes released their self titled and first album in August 2012. The HayDudes are Kenny Blackwell on mandolin, guitar, vocals; Mike Mullins on guitar, mandolin, vocals; and Wally Barnick on Fender bass and vocals. Kenny Blackwell is a master mandolinist as well as guitar player, on both acoustic and electric guitar. He is an in-demand session player and keeps a full calendar playing with at least a half dozen bands in and around the Central Coast of California. Mike Mullins is also expert with the mandolin and guitar. He was a founding member of the 1980’s festival favorites The Acousticats and for many years the featured mandolinist with the Phil Salazar Band. Since 1993 Mike has played guitar with the well known California acoustic group The Cache Valley Drifters. Wally Barnick is an old rock & roll guy who caught the acoustic music fever in the ‘70s. He too, is currently and has been a member of the Cache Valley Drifters, dating back to 1975.

Barn Dance

Little Black Train: Barn Dance

Little Black Train's second CD is a lively romp through 12 tracks of down-home fun titled Barn Dance. The all-acoustic trio of veteran pickers mixes up an unlikely blend of old-timey songs, bluesy mandolin, and Celtic fiddle to create their unique breed of oldternative Americana. In the tradition of early bluegrass, they record live into a pair of stereo microphones, cutting complete takes with no overdubs, for a vintage sound that complements the rich woody tones of fiddle, mandolin, mandola, banjo, and guitar. $15 + shipping.
Little Black Train

Blackwell, Weed, & Mason: Little Black Train

What do you get when you mash up a virtuosic bluegrass mandolinist, a traditional Irish fiddler, and an old-timey songster? Kenny Blackwell (mandolin and guitar), John Weed (fiddle), and Stuart Mason (guitar, banjo, and mandola) are the bluegrass-roots trio Little Black Train. From Depression-era gospel and blues to Appalachian and Celtic dance tunes, they perform a fun, refreshing fusion of vintage fiddle tunes, blazing mandolin, and songs of old-time Americana. $15 + shipping
The Mystery Trees

The Mystery Trees: Abandon & Finesse

"Players of the 'good stuff'. ....high praise to this aggregation of roots veterans." --Dan Forte, Vintage Guitar Magazine. The Mystery Trees are a rocking contemporary band, serving up their own gritty brand of deeply rooted American music. Their unique sound is built upon blues, country, rock, folk, and bluegrass traditions. Progenitors of the emerging Morro Bay Sound, the lineup includes Dorian Michael and Kenny Blackwell on guitars, Bill Severance on drums, and Paul Olguin/Ken Hustad on bass. Each player brings a lifetime of musical know-how to the ensemble. $15 + shipping
All Dressed Up

Kenny Blackwell & Dorian Michael: All Dressed Up

Here is an energetic live concert CD of Kenny Blackwell and Dorian Michael with percussion and bass and a great variety of acoustic music. From old-timey to blues to Celtic to Latin, there is really something for everyone played with on-the-money musicianship. $15 + shipping

Kenny Blackwell & Dorian Michael

Kenny Blackwell & Dorian Michael: Kenny Blackwell & Dorian Michael

"A refreshing collection of 12 contemporary instrumental pieces that feature tasteful duets and well written tunes. Thoroughly enjoyable." --Dirty Linen Magazine. Debut release from mandolinist Kenny Blackwell and guitarist Dorian Michael. The duo's diverse backgrounds are the wellspring for a performance of exciting and heartfelt music. $15 + shipping

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