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by Adam Hurt

Elegantly innovative clawhammer banjo
Genre: Folk: Traditional Folk
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1. Poplar Bluff
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2. Garfield's Blackberry Blossom
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3. Fair Morning Hornpipe
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4. Sandy River Belle
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5. Cumberland Gap / Johnny, Don't Get Drunk
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6. Chinese Breakdown
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7. Kansas City Rag
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8. Old Dangerfield
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9. Catlettsburg
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10. Hell Among the Yearlings
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11. Rebel Raid / Temperance Reel
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12. Camp Chase
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13. June Apple
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14. Bonnie Prince Charlie
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15. L & N Rag
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16. Durang's Hornpipe
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17. Big Scioty
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18. Sally Ann
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19. Lost Girl
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Album Notes
Deemed a "banjo virtuoso" by the Washington Post, Adam Hurt has fused several traditional old-time idioms to create his own elegantly innovative clawhammer banjo style, having been introduced to the banjo at age eleven in his native Minnesota. A respected performer and teacher of traditional music, Adam has played at the Kennedy Center and conducted banjo workshops at many venues around the country and abroad. Adam has placed in or won most of the major old-time banjo competitions including Clifftop, Mount Airy, and Galax, and won the state banjo championships of Virginia, West Virginia, and Ohio, as well as the state fiddle championships of Virginia and Maryland.

In 2006, Adam released his second CD, "Insight," on the Ubiquitone label. This recording highlights Adam's innovative banjo playing both in solo settings and with accompaniment by Cathy Fink (guitar, banjo, bouzouki), Beth Hartness (guitar), Marcy Marxer (guitar, mandolin, uke), and Jarred Nutter (fiddle). The selections found on this CD represent a surprising diversity of traditional Appalachian music, running the gamut from Round Peak stalwarts to stringband rags, from a Bill Monroe original to three Ed Haley tunes recorded on clawhammer banjo for the first time.


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S.Curry Nashville TN

Fantastic CD
Get a copy. You got to hear the Fiddle playing on the CD!! This guy is an awsome fiddle player. Banjo is also good!

B Brown

Great CD from start to finish!

henry johnson

A unique musician. Don't you agree?
Adam stretches the boundaries of the traditional form while retaining the spirit of the originals.

That means: we love the music! Thanks, Adam.

Reinhard Gress Germany

A wonderful CD
I first heard Adam at Clifftop 2000.

He is incredible good now.

One of my best oldtime banjo CD's in my collection now.

Stan Shapin

Excellent CD. Adam's old-time banjo-playing is unusually
musical,tasteful, and innovative. Album is very well- produced with outstanding accompanying musicians.

Paul Norum

Clawhammer evolution
I first heard Adam's playing on a CBC radio concert and knew I wanted to hear more. Music continues to evolve and Adam's playing respects tradition yet moves beyond imitation toward a modern and exciting sound. Merely reproducing those old forms has been done. What has created is new and a great contribution to the banjo.

John Balch

Melodic and very Musical...get a copy today!
Adam’s clawhammer banjo playing is melodic and very musical. His signature style bounces, dances, and soars along with these well-articulated melodies. He skillfully coaxes bell-like tones from some great sounding banjos and even adds a nice version of Lost Girl on the piano to close the cd.

There are nineteen traditional tunes on this disc. My personal favorites are: Fair Morning Hornpipe, and Hell Among the Yearlings. Both are fantastic banjo/fiddle duets with Jarred Nutter featuring very tight note-for note unison and harmony playing. Insight is well recorded and tastefully mixed. The banjo is nicely framed in traditional sounding arrangements.

I recommend this cd highly…get a copy today!

Donald Ridgway

Beautiful modern clawhammer
These are lovely renditions of mostly old fiddle tunes and songs by a young player who brings a new sensibility to the pieces.

I've been hearing elistist, insider, more-rootsy-than-thou nonsense like John's review for decades. Not soulful enough, too slick, etc. Phooey. If you want the originals, get those. This is delightful music.

ian mccann

virtuoso clawhammer playing
An interesting selction of tunes played with great artistry and sensitivity. Clawhammer banjo at its best.


Easy Listenin'
I had the pleasure of listening to Adam's new CD recently and found it to be well crafted, and well produced. The playing has a certain initial sparkle about it that lends itself to a broad audience. (Unlike the traditional Appalachian tunes he plays.) As an avid listener of traditional Appalachian music, I do however find that some of the essential (at least for me) subtleties of the music are stripped down and refined into a smooth, bouncy ride that maybe is to slick for those used to the true masters who have come before. A perfect example is the treatment of "Rebel Raid." At first listen it echoes the melody first collected by Alan Lomax back in 1937 from Kentucky fiddler William H. Stepp... but with closer examination, Adam's version destroys the neutral and naturalized tones in favor of a more standardized scale. Those not familiar with Stepp's version and its "other world" invocations may deem it justifiably worthy. As the CD progresses, I do sense that Adam is calculating his playing like a high speed computer processor and what at first seems to be melodic clarity turns into a muddy melody line. One of the most soulful fiddle tunes to emerge from the Appalachian tradition, "Big Sciota" is rendered in a fashion that flaunts technical prowess over the dirt and soul that West Virginia fiddler Burl Hammons gave to the piece. Despite my "picki-ness," I can appreciate the fact that Adam has respected the music enough to process it into something beautiful and palatable to modern ears. If you're into "easy listenin" forms of traditional American music, then this is the disc for you. If a more organic and heartfelt sound is your style, then there are plenty of other great and technically efficient players of the ancient style of clawhammer to choose from.
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