Walkin' to the Bridge
"Walkin' to the Bridge" features the talents of nine North Carolina pickers and singers. Town Mountain's Robert Greer sings lead on the tongue-in-cheek tear-jerker "Etch A Sketch of Love" and the heartfelt "Don't Mourn For Me." Former Freighthopper Cary Fridley appears unaccompanied on the haunting ballad "Nightbird." Also appearing are Daniel Coolik of One Leg Up, Jay Mullenax and Paul Leech of County Farm, and Lance Mills of the Cavemen. Capping off the lineup are Nicky Sanders, who fiddles full-time with Steep Canyon Rangers, and banjo wizard Ryan Cavanaugh, who tours with jazz saxophonist Bill Evans. Tom Dudley, sole guitarist, also plays mandolin and sings lead on three of the selections. The tunes on this release, six vocals and five instrumentals, are Tom's original compositions. Although the instrumentation is that of a bluegrass band-guitar, fiddle, banjo, mandolin and bass-the music itself reveals bluegrass, jazz, blues and Celtic influences, a mix as free-wheeling as it's creator. Trained in classical guitar, rock and jazz, Tom took his career behind the scenes to work for synthesizer pioneer Robert Moog. The rich music scene in Asheville eventually pulled him back onstage, and he left Moog Music to make his own music, full-time. In 2001, he helped found Asheville's County Farm bluegrass band. "Walking to the Bridge" is the natural result of Tom's appreciation for mountain music, and for the young artists who honor that heritage as the music evolves with each generation. Independently produced, and mixed and mastered by Grammy winner Nathan Milner, "Walkin' to the Bridge" is a journey that covers a lot of ground.