Two bluegrass and acoustic music duets consisting of trailblazing instrumentalists!
Guitarists Bryan Sutton and David Grier are both central to the evolution of flatpicking. With 13 IBMA Guitarist of the Year awards between them, both started playing at a young age and were influenced greatly by Doc Watson, Tony Rice and Clarence White, among others. Bryan Sutton has performed in several projects at SMF in recent years, including leading his own band, playing with Noam Pikelny & Friends, the Tim O’Brien Band and Hot Rize and alongside participants and fellow clinicians in the annual Acoustic Music Seminar’s Stringband Spectcular. David Grier played at SMF in 2005 with Psychograss, and on the original production entitled “Mando Madness.” In this duo setting, Bryan Sutton and David Grier display the seemingly limitless potential of the six-string dreadnought guitar.
SMF Associate Artistic Director Mike Marshall and Darol Anger began making music together in 1978 as members of the David Grisman Quintet and continued stretching from solo and duo records through the Montreux Band, Psychograss and The Anger/Marshall Band. They have remained at the center of the American acoustic music scene and can be heard on hundreds of recordings. Marshall’s mastery of mandolin, mandocello, guitar and violin and his ability to swing gracefully between jazz, classical, bluegrass and Latin styles make him a rarity in acoustic music, and Anger’s ability to be at home in a number of musical genres have put him at the top of his field. This program celebrates the duo’s 40th anniversary, highlighting their mind-bending improvisations, eclectic instrumental compositions and tight synergistic musical relationship.