The second McDowell Family recording but the first to prominently feature Bryan and Emma's multi-instrumental talents at the ages of 12 and 15 respectively. Mostly instrumental, "Old Traditions - New Faces" provides the listener with a delightful mix of traditional mountain fiddle tunes and waltzes. A great addition for any collector of tradtional mountain and bluegrass music.
Bryan and Emma McDowell, now 16 and 19, have been performing in the southeast with their family band, The McDowell Family, for eight years. They began in churches, and soon were invited to play at multiple venues, including bluegrass festivals, state fairs, family theme parks, the well-known Renfro Valley Barndance of Kentucky and Carter Family Fold of Virginia, as well as private weddings and receptions, reunions, and corporate events. During this time, Bryan and Emma were mentored on fiddle by Master Fiddler Arvil Freeman, of Weaverville, NC, and occasionally received vocal instruction from Dale Ann Bradley (2007 IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year). Bryan and Emma are now award-winning musicians in the field of bluegrass music, and their style and repertoire has been compared to such national acts as Alison Krauss and Union Station, Nickel Creek, Sonya Isaacs, Bryan Sutton, and Aubrey Haynie.
Now performing as a duet, they have kept their feet planted firmly in the traditional bluegrass music of the Blue Ridge Mountains, but many of their performances include contemporary and progressive bluegrass, traditional jazz, Celtic, folk/Americana, and gospel.
Visit their website at www.bryanandemmamcdowell.com .