In 2004, Talbert (Bert) Stein picked up playing the fiddle again after a 45 year hiatus and connected with Ryan Blankenship, a guitar player, through an online bluegrass forum. Bert and Ryan frequently played together as a duo. In 2009, Mackenzie Lerchen, an active fiddler across the Midwest, joined the group shortly after meeting Bert at a cider mill where he was performing outdoors on a very cold day in October. They had a quick connection through common interests, especially after Mackenzie requested to hear her favorite fiddle tune, "Devil's Dream". The resulting twin-fiddle/guitar trio was named "Devil's Dream" to reflect the way the trio started.
Although Bert had never planned to compose music, a tune of his own came into his mind fully formed when he was walking through his hometown (Huntington, Woods, MIchigan) in late 2010. The composition of the first tune opened the floodgates and tunes began pouring out. Bert published 40 of his jigs, reels, and waltzes in a book entitled "Tunes from the Woods" in 2012. After playing the tunes at jams and gigs, he decided to record an album of the tunes with Mackenzie and Ryan. The album was recorded at "By the Lake Studio" in Brighton, Michigan by David Mosher. David also contributed parts as a special guest for this CD on the mandolin, guitar, concertina, fiddle, and upright bass.
A recent exciting development is that Bert won first place in a tune-writing competition held by "Fiddler Magazine", a force in the world (national/international) of fiddle music, as part of a celebration of their 20th anniversary. A panel of professional fiddle players representing different styles of fiddle music served as judges for the contest. The results are presented in the 20th Anniversary (spring 2014) issue of "Fiddler Magazine" and also on the "Fiddler Magazine" website (please refer to "Album Links" on the sidebar).
"Devil's Dream" is proud and excited to present their debut album, "Tunes from the Woods". The CD consists of 32 original lively jigs, reels, and waltzes, that were all composed by Talbert Stein. The tunes are in the Celtic and bluegrass veins and are enhanced by a rich blend of twin fiddle melody and harmony with backup by guitar and the other instruments (as mentioned above). Some of the tunes have noticeable blues, Klezmer, and classical influences.
Track/Musician Details: Mackenzie Lerchen - Fiddle melody; Talbert Stein - Fiddle harmony on all tracks
Track 1: Ryan Blankenship - guitar
Track 2: David Mosher - guitar/mandolin
Track 3: Ryan Blankenship - guitar; David Mosher - mandolin
Track 4: Ryan Blankenship - guitar; David Mosher - bass
Track 5: Ryan Blankenship - guitar
Track 6: Ryan Blankenship - guitar; David Mosher - bass
Track 7: Ryan Blankenship - guitar; David Mosher - mandolin
Track 8: Ryan Blankenship - guitar; David Mosher - concertina
Track 9: Ryan Blankenship - guitar
Track 10: David Mosher - guitar
Track 11: Ryan Blankenship - guitar; David Mosher - mandolin
Track 12: Ryan Blankenship - guitar; David Mosher - fiddle/bass
Track 13: David Mosher - guitar
Track 14: David Mosher - guitar
Track 15: David Mosher - guitar
Track 16: Ryan Blankenship - guitar; David Mosher - bass
Track 17: Ryan Blankenship - guitar
Music composed by Talbert Stein and published in the book, "Tunes from the Woods" (copyright 2012, Talbert Stein)
Produced/Arranged by Talbert Stein and David Mosher
Recorded/Mixed by David Mosher at By the Lake Studio (Brighton, Michigan, USA)
Mastered by Geoff Michael at Big Sky Recording (Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA)
Layout, Design, and Photography by Talbert Stein and Elaine Stein
Graphic Production and Audio Duplication by Bison Disc
Copyright on CD, 2012, Talbert Stein