Fishing Music is a spirited mix of acoustic folk, blues, and swing inspired
by fish, fishing and rivers, and performed by some of the country's top
Classics from world-renown songwriters like Duke Ellington, Taj Mahal,
Django Reinhardt, and Hoagy Carmichael have been given a new acoustic
attitude, and wonderfully fresh originals round out this compelling
>From the solid swing of Fly Fishing to the understated funk of Fish Ain't
Bitin', and from the Celtic wistfulness of Moorlough Shore to the cool jazz
of The Fishin' Hole, this disc has a musical something for everyone.
Fisherman or not, you're going to like this music...
Featuring: Tim O'Brien, Mike Dowling, Mollie O'Brien, Billy Novick, Ben
Winship, David Grier, Matt Flinner, Karine Polwart, David Thompson, Rob
Ickes, and more.
THE IMPORTANT PART OF FISHING/FLY FISHING/I'M GONNA GO FISHIN'
/UPSTREAM/OCEAN OF DREAMS/DEEP RIVER BLUES/MADISON BROWN/THE FISHIN' HOLE
(Andy Griffith theme)/LAZY RIVER/FISH AIN'T BITIN'/FISHERMAN'S REEL/FISHING
BLUES/THE WICKER CREEL/BANKS OF THE MOORLOUGH SHORE/REFLECTIONS OFF THE
"These soothing tunes reflect some of the real reasons that crazy guys like
us enjoy fishing-relaxation, joy, escape, and adventure-small pleasures that
adjust our attitude and outlook in this frenzied world."
- Dr. Ken Ford, co-host of "The Reel Guys" fishing show on ESPN2
"If you yearn to spend your days on the river, you'll love this jaunty
mix.celebrating the joys-and rueful letdowns -of the fishing life. If you
can't be fishin', you ought to be listenin' to this fabulous CD!"
- Margaret Warner, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer on PBS
"My absolute favorite! This CD stays playing in my truck because it makes me
want to sing out loud and head toward a river and go fishing."
- Lori-Ann Murphy, Reel Women Fly Fishing Adventures
Fishing Music began as a collaboration between two friends; musician and
recording engineer Ben Winship, and musician and fly fishing aficionado
David Thompson. Ben is a veteran of the acoustic music scene, first as a
founding member of the bluegrass band "Loose Ties" and also touring with
singer/songwriter Judith Edelman. Ben also produced a well-received solo
album called "One Shoe Left" and records a wide range of music in his Hen
House Studio. Years back, before becoming involved in outdoor
marketing-related pursuits (and music), Dave was a fly fishing guide and
instructor. Currently, Ben and Dave both play in the up-and-coming
contemporary bluegrass band "Kane's River," which is steadily gaining
Ben lives in Victor, Idaho (outside of Jackson Hole) and Dave lives in
Bozeman, Montana (just north of Yellowstone Park), and of course this part
of the country is world-famous for its trout fishing - so it's no surprise
that Ben and Dave are both avid fly fishermen. Ben had always marveled at
the vast number of fishing-related songs and tunes found in every style of
music, and he thought it would be interesting to explore recording new
versions of some of them. He came to Dave with the suggestion that they
create an album that would highlight some of these great tunes, and tap some
of the contacts that they had collected over the years to get superb
acoustic musicians like Tim and Mollie O'Brien and Mike Dowling excited
about being part of the project. One of their main goals was to keep the
tracks fun, but not frivolous, and the music evocative, without being
contrived. They worked to create a collection of music that conveyed their
own perspective on fishing-that it isn't about the fish, it's about being
outdoors, and having time to yourself.
The end result is an album with an unusually wide range of musical styles,
yet one that still maintains a certain clean, clear consistency and is
appealing to just about everyone, fisherman or not.