Hot picking (on guitar, mandolin and banjo) and tasteful singing from an award-winning picker on material that ranges from bluegrass to western swinga conucopia of acoustic American music.
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.
""No Frets Barred", his first solo album, was originally released by Flying Fish Records in 1982. From fiddle tunes to western swing to ragtime it showcases the musicality and versatilityas well as the funof this award-winning multi-insturmentalist and entertainer."
1 The Other Way Around
2 Sweet & Shiny Eyes
4 Wonderful Dish Rag
5 Chicken Reel
6 Lady Be Good
7 Cotton Patch Rag
9 Old Joe Clark
10 Muskrat Ramble
11 Took My Gal A Walkin'
12 Waltzing Matilda/By the Rivers of Babylon