Well, where do I start? My memory is not too good so I can’t go too far back.
I started out as a banjo player when I was 10. Somewhere along the way I started adding bass, Dobro, cello and a few other odds and ends while learning to play jazz, classical, rock, funk, speed-metal, and even dabbling a little in pre-1927 Norwegian redgrass (the little known or believed forerunner of bluegrass). While I was in college I majored in classical guitar performance. I had way too much fun with that! Well, actually, I still do have too much fun with that! Now I spend my days obsessing over a guitar for hours, composing (as of the completion of this staggering work of literary genius I have 4 symphonies, 3 string quartets and hundreds of other pieces) recording, doing schenkerian analysis of Beethoven symphonies, studying post modern art, etc… You know normal stuff Also, I am on the board of directors for the Gainesville Symphony Orchestra. If there's anything you want to know about me contact your local congressman. I'm sure they will be happy to overnight you the complete Wayde Powell files.
"Ballad of the Gypsy King” – My humble tribute to the legendary Jimi Hendrix. All of my guitar parts on this tune were recorded with a strat with ’69 reissue pickups, a DigiTech Jimi Hendrix Experience pedal ran straight to the board. And how could you do a tribute to Jimi without tuning down a ½ step?
“Whiskey before Breakfast” – This is a traditional Irish tune that pretty much every bluegrass player I have ever met has known. I thought it would sound pretty cool to do it as a banjo/mandolin duet.
“Romanza” – One of the most beautiful melodies I have ever heard. It is a traditional Spanish melody that was probably written in the late 19th century. It’s closed three part form (ABA) was a popular form in the Parlour Music of Spain at that time.
“Little Fuzzy Wuzzy” – A wacked out tune about a little dog…
“Mist on Mars” – This is a cool little banjo thing (I get technical sometimes) that I have been playing with for years. Being as this piece is from Mars I had to add a little touch of overdrive to the guitar and dobro. You know how it goes.
“Winter of Our Discontent” – Thank you Jeff Beck, Leo Fender, and William Shakespeare.
“Little Rock Getaway” – Again, I think every “grasser” learns this tune when they are a kid. I thought it worked well on just the guitar, but it also makes a great banjo tune if you ever get the chance to check it out.
“flüteduste” – Pronounced “flue-dust” incase you were wondering. This is a banjo/flute duet with shifting meters. How often do you get to say that?
“Hey Jude” – Man, I wish I had written this! The melody is just incredible. A little side note, there are 43 different guitar tracks on the outro (na na na na hey Jude…). If you want to get the full effect of the wall of sound TURN IT UP!