Old Time & Bluegrass Mandolin Player, Mike Klein, with his Debut Album
"Over the Waves" Released June 17, 2019
June 18, 2019 in Artist News
"Over the Waves" is the debut album of old time and bluegrass mandolin player Mike Klein. Produced and mixed by 5x JUNO nominee/7x Canadian Folk Award winner Andrew Collins, the album is a collection of old time tunes played in a mandolin-led stringband format. Mike’s mandolin playing is backed by Canadian musicians Paul Gitlitz (fiddle), Jille Shotton (banjo), Ryan Shotton (guitar) and Nicola Tabb (bass). Inspired by music like John Hartford or Foghorn Stringband, the album features haunting fiddle, plunky beautiful clawhammer banjo, grooving bass and driving guitar - all rounded out by Mike’s aggressive mandolin-style.
Running at just under forty minutes, "Over the Waves" consists of eleven tracks and features up-beat, traditional toe-tappers like 'Georgia Row/Rockingham Cindy'; contemporary compositions like Paul Gitlitz’s 'Flying Home to Shelley', Joe K Walsh’s 'Pogo Big' and Jim Childress’s 'The Road to Malvern'; and some aggressive assaults on the fretboard like 'Sandy Boys/Tater Patch' and 'Mississippi Sawyer'. Tunes like Mike’s original 'John’s Waltz' and the Bill Monroe classic 'Lonesome Moonlight Waltz' slow things down. The album title track, 'Sobre Las Olas' by Juventino Rosas, is played as a stripped down duet between Mike and Andrew Collins.
Album available off Mike Klein's website: www.michaelklein.ca