Lovett has garnered critical acclaim for his two previous CDs:
"Lovett's instrumental work on the 5-string is topnotch, especially given all the genre hopping." - Bluegrass Unlimited, on the Back Porch Rockers.
"Lovett sounds equally comfortable on percolative, full-bodied clawhammer and rapid-fire rhythmic/melodic three-finger banjo." - The Old-Time Herald, on the Atomic City Rhythm Rascals.
The new CD celebrates Lovett's eclectic and sometimes bizarre - but always entertaining - musical sensibilities. "I've always had ideas that were a little too kooky for bands I was in, so I sort of put them in a box on the shelf. For this project, I took the box down and started unpacking it." The CD includes a country song about a Star Trek character, a Grisman-influenced fiddle tune inspired by a TV theme song, an old-time rendition of a song from a classic children's movie, a set of Irish reels played barn-dance style, a Scottish style ballad about a NASCAR fan's dream girl, and a couple of what Lovett calls "simultaneous medleys." Instead of one tune after another, Lovett stacks and interweaves songs from different genres: an Appalachian hoedown joins forces with a Motown classic, and a Jay Ungar fiddle tune is played over a Miles Davis bassline. Framing these cross-pollinations are more original instrumentals and a selection of Lovett's personal favorite old-time tunes.
The instrumental mix ranges from 3-piece old-time string band to full-blown production numbers including Afro-Cuban percussion, Wurlitzer electric piano, Telecaster, banjo-uke, cowbell, the hammer dulcimer wizardry of Evan Carawan, and a boatload of great pickers and fiddlers. You know - the kitchen sink!
Shawn Kimbro writes: "Just wanted to tell you how much I'm enjoying the CD. Recording quality, overall sound is excellent and the groove throughout is amazing. It's been in my CD player non-stop anytime I've been home today and yesterday. My fav cut is Mariner's Fling, I also really like "Ding Dong" but hell, they're all good."
Banjo player, tunesmith, and band leader David Lovett started off playing bluegrass and melodic three-finger banjo in the early 1970s, then discovered the old-time clawhammer banjo style of North Carolina, and now plays all of the above, along with a little guitar. For the past ten years or so he has been putting together bands. Lovett has performed in 19 states at folk festivals, dance weekends, fairs, and hundreds of dances and weddings.
Check out the artist's website:
1. Goin' To Town
2. Whiskey Before Breakfast / Just My Imagination / Shenandoah Fall
3. Mariner's Fling
4. Walland Gap / Sandy Boys
5. It's About That Time / Vladimir's Steamboat
6. Ain't Got No Honeybabe Now
7. Two Steps Back
8. Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead
9. Red Is The Color (of My True Love's Truck)
10. Beam Me Up
11. He Be G.B.
12. Over The Mountain / As The Crow Flies
13. Three Scones Of Boxty / Star Of Munster
14. Five Miles From Town