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Roots & Branches

by Danny Knicely

Hot instrumental album with roots in bluegrass, but getting a little crazy with various jazz, Irish, and old- time influences.
Genre: Country: Bluegrass
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1. Salt Run
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2. Frist Day in Town/ Kentucky Mandolin
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3. PM Jam Session
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4. Pigeon-Toed Clogger
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5. Ookpik Waltz
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6. Trip to Toronto
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7. Here Kitty Kitty
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8. Monroe's Hornpipe
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Album Notes
"Danny Knicely's bluegrass and old-time roots run deep, and I've enjoyed jamming with him through the years. His fiddle feeds flatfooters, and his guitar drives hard, but it is his fluid mandolin that takes the spotlight here. This adventurous CD travels from community dance, though bluegrass festival campground, to the late night club. There are tributes to Bill Monroe and Kenny Baker, a jazzy version of "Ookpik Waltz," and several fine originals, including the newgrassy "Salt Run" in seven-four time. Thankfully avoiding Protools slickness, these grooves are intimate and alive, and the sound is big and round. The band can and does stretch out, displaying virtuousity as well as humor in the process. With this CD, Danny shows he's as much fun to listen to as he is to play with."

Tim O'Brien

"Danny Knicely is an exceptional musician. Not only is he a great mandolin player, he is also a creative arranger. He has given an exciting setting for these familiar tunes and his fine orginal numbers."

John Reischman

"Danny is one of the most versatile musicians that I have had the good fortune to work with. in addition to his considerable abilities on guitar and mandolin, he's a fine lead and harmony singer and a darned good fiddler and clawhammer banjo player. His rhythm playing propels the band and his soloing is creative, intricate and colorful. "

Mark Schatz


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Becky Taylor - Worldwide Bluegrass.com

Respect for tradition and heartfelt innovation
Roots and Branches: The very title suggests a strong connection between the solid stock from which it arises. It is true. Though he is capable of playing just about anything on strings, there is a loving care for tradition which serves as the glue for Roots & Branches. What would the branch be without the root? I will tell you that Danny has captured the spirit of traditional string music and paid it respectful and musically mature tribute here while exploring exciting and tasteful avenues of invention as well. This is a hard fence to walk but Danny dances.

Mike La Martina

I am favorably impressed.
I am not a true bluegrass fan, but when I heard First Day in Town I knew I had to have this CD. I enjoy every song equally. It makes me want to learn how to play.