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Candlewyck

by Candlewyck

All original Newgrass/Americana music featuring many notable guest musicians including John Cowan, Don Rigsby, Jens Kruger, Michael Fath and Kenny Smith. Exciting progressive bluegrass. 2002 Independent Music Award winner.
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1. Whatcha Gonna Say
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2. Firemen
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3. Rusty
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4. Little Jasper
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5. Crooked Creek Road
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6. Find Me
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7. Give Me A Minute
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8. Mercy Percy
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9. Betsy's Lullaby
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10. Things I've Got To Pay
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11. Wilkes County Breakdown
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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"Excellent material , immaculately crafted, and impeccably performed; music to lift up your heart."

-Bill Bruford (Yes, Solo Artist)




"Good news for Bluegrass is in the new CD by Candlewyck, this collection of hot pickin' and lyrics with percussion that fits, pays homage to the music's traditional sources while at the same time showing where it can go.

-John McEuen (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Solo Artist)




"This CD is a real breath of fresh air! It's rare that I get to hear something new that not only has great musicianship and vocals, but great production as well. Check these guys out!"

-T. Lavitz (Dixie Dregs, Solo Artist)




"Candlewyck is awesome. They have a magical blend of virtuosity, heart and fun that's bound to make you feel good."

-Michael Manring (Montreux, Solo Artist)




"Picks up where New Grass Revival left off and presents a genre busting, rock-and-roll energy that might appeal to fans of, say, Nickel Creek."

-Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine




"A good example of what is possible on the cutting edge of bluegrass. The singing, playing and production are all first-rate. Keep your eyes on Candlewyck."

-Dirty Linen Magazine




Originally a guitar and mandolin group, Candlewyck soon became the title of a recording project that would feature Ty's original compositions and Chris' exciting mandolin style. While working on these songs Chris and Ty recruited the help of some talented friends such as banjoist Steve Dilling (IIIrd Tyme Out) and producer Art Bordeaux. As word spread about the Candlewyck CD, more and more people wanted to take part. Ultimately the CD became an all-star recording that features some of the finest talents in acoustic music. John Cowan (New Grass Revival), Joe Craven (David Grisman Quintet), Jim Hurst, Larry Rice and Michael Fath are just a few of the musicians that perform on the CD. Combining elements of rock, jazz and classical music, the Candlewyck project was recorded primarily at The Sound Farm studios in Charlotte with additional recording done in various other studios throughout North Carolina and Virginia. While this eclectic recording often hints at folk, country and popular music, it's loaded with fresh ideas. The Candlewyck CD includes the hook-laden "Whatcha Gonna Say", the touching "Little Jasper" and the gospel barn-burner "Firemen".

The band prides itself on being one of a very few bluegrass groups to write, record and perform their own material. While Ty composes most of the group's material, several tunes are collaborations with Chris such as "Firemen". "This will always be one of our favorite songs and was actually our first single released to radio where it did well" says Chris. They called on Lonesome River Band alumni Don Rigsby to sing lead on the tune and it won Best Bluegrass Song at the 2002 Independent Music Awards--not a small feat considering the thousands of entries and the fact that the judges included Arturo Sandoval, Ricky Skaggs and Tom Waits.


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Steve Sikes-Nova, 'The Virginiaprograsser'

5 Star Newgrass/Progressive Bluegrass!
This, Candlewyck's first full-length studio CD (they are currently working on #2!), is one of the best newgrass/progressive bluegrass CDs out there. All aspects of this CD are excellent: songwriting, production, musicianship, and vocals. If you are a seasoned newgrasser or want a can't-miss introduction into the genre, buy this CD!!!

:)Steve Sikes-Nova
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Joe Ross

... and 1/2 ... Explorers tapping creative energies & youthful exuberance
Caution: this hot new highly-arranged newgrass album includes drums and various other unconventional bluegrass instruments on some cuts. So what! The duo of mandolinist Chris Emerson and guitarist Ty Bennett assembled a very impressive all-star lineup of special guests to assist them on "Candlewyck," their self-titled debut album (Votive Records-2112) which includes twelve original songs. Any album with the likes of Don Rigsby, John Cowan, Terry Baucom, David Grier, Shawn Lane, Russell Moore, Kenny Smith, Larry Rice, Michael Faith, and Sammy Shelor is bound to be a winner, which "Candlewyck" most definitely is. From North Carolina, songwriter Ty Bennett first began writing and playing the age of thirteen on his mother's piano. With a degree in classical composition and music theory, he has always maintained a deep passion for performing, writing and recording all forms of music, from bluegrass to jazz, rock to gospel. Aside from his writing and playing in Candlewyck, Ty also works as an arranger, producer and instructor in Charlotte, North Carolina. Chris Emerson also provides an exciting mandolin style to the Candlewyck mix. With innovation and technical virtuosity, Chris turns heads with his personalized blend of new music. Equally adept on acoustic and electric mandolin, he has developed a style that blends traditional conventions with brand new ideas. Chris taught himself to play by studying and listening to David Grisman, Bill Monroe, and Matt Mundy. His affinity for many diverse genres of music such as jazz, classical, Celtic and rock is also very evident in his playing.

A real showcase for Ty's distinctive songwriting, the album kicks off with the hard-driving song, "Whatcha Gonna Say," that kicks butt ala Newgrass Revival. John Cowan's lead vocal is tightly supplemented with harmonies from Russell Moore and Time Cashion. Then, "Firemen" has Don Rigsby singing about how a fireman's got to do it by the Book. The band won an Independent Music Award for 2002's best bluegrass song (Firemen). Brad Hudson sings "Little Jasper," an uptempo ballad about a little dog left behind when Atlanta burned.. "Find Me" features Tim Cashion on vocals and includes drums in the mix. It is also a showcase for David Johnson who plays fiddle, banjo and dobro on the song. The next Ty Bennett song to receive an all-star interpretation is Shawn Lane's singing of "Things I've Got to Pay," with Russell Moore and Chris Jones singing harmony. Candlewyck has a strong affinity for instrumentals, with over 50 percent of this debut album featuring vocal-less offerings. "Rusty," "Crooked Creek," and "Wilkes County Breakdown" are hot fiddle tunes which I wished would've been mixed with more of the mandolin breaks and less chunking on the left side (which was obviously mixed strongly to provide the drum-like backbeat to their music). The latter tune did, in fact, include drums which, in my opinion, could've been toned down in favor of more of Barbara Lamb's fiddle. "Give Me A Minute" is a short jazzy interlude with only mandolin and guitar. "Mercy Percy" is a super-charged, high-voltage instrumental with a unique sound that includes electric mandolin, bass, drums, steel guitar. The jazzy "Betsy's Lullaby" retires the banjo in favor of piano, guitars, mandolin and percussion. Saxaphone and piano are featured to close the album on a jazzy note "Just So You'll Know." Well actually, a stormy guitar/mandolin duo surprise the casual listener with a short bonus closer.

Chris and Ty are two young guys who are pioneers -- explorers tapping creative energies and youthful exuberance. They're obviously respectful of the bluegrass tradition, but their music pushes the envelope into Newgrass and Americana territory. Candlewyck creates a boiling cauldron of fresh sounds with elements of bluegrass, rock, jazz, folk, country and classical music. Their destination is a shining light on the horizon. They are promising new talents that we'll be hearing more about. There's a strong following of young folks for their kind of music. This album probably isn't for your typical traditional bluegrass fan. I, however, particularly enjoyed the varied hot ensembles that were put together for each highly-arranged song on this project. I liked the diversity found in their music, but perhaps the overall project may have suffered a tad bit from a slight lack of musical continuity. Nevertheless, Candleywyck is made up of two very talented young guys with a gift, and I look forward to seeing how they channel all that energy and skill into their next project into uncharted waters. (Joe Ross, staff writer, Bluegrass Now)