'Orrin Star & the Sultans of String are-no doubt about it-once of the most enjoyable acts on today's acoustic music scene. Shiny in their Polish and sparkling in their artistry, they retain a penchant for the unpredicatable and a repertoire that swirls through bluegrass, old-time, swing, Latin and contemporary folk...They pick and sing and josh. You grin and bounce and laugh. It's the whole package.' from the liner notes by Richard D. Smith (author of 'Can't You Hear Me Calling' the definitve biography of Bill Monroe.) Orrin Star is an award-winning guitar, mandolin and banjo player who combines hot picking, cool singing and good humor. Once described as 'Arlo Guthrie-meets-Doc Watson', he was the 1976 National Flatpicking Champion, has appeared on A Prairie Home Companion, and boasts a repertoire that ranges from from bluegrass standards to little-known folk gems, Celtic fiddle tunes to fingerstyle blues. Widely recognized as a teacher as well as a performer, he is the author of a popular guitar instruction book ('Hot Licks for Bluegrass Guitar', Oak Publications), a columnist for Flatpicking Guitar magazine, and the creator of two popular bluegrass guitar instructional DVDs. He produced three recordings for Flying Fish Records as well a more recent live trio CD for his own Good Ear label, and he worked as a stand-up comic for five years in the Boston area in the late 1980's.