Their album is the perfect pairing of two of the best mandolin players
in bluegrass’ modern era. Alan Bibey is a founding and current member of
the highly respected band Grasstowne. Wayne Benson currently tours with
IIIrd Tyme Out, a band which both men have been a member of. The two
recently sat down with Kyle Cantrell at Sirius/XM’s Bluegrass Junction
to record a track by track that will be airing soon.
“Wow! It’s great. But with these
two and the players supporting them, that almost goes without saying.” –
Billy Meyers, WRFL Radio
wrote or co-wrote six. “Another Night,” the single and only vocal cut,
is a waltz describing the heartbreak of lost love where guest vocalist,
IIIrd Tyme Out’s Russell Moore, joins Alan Bibey on vocals. The
instrumentals range from the familiar “Sweet Dixie” (written by Bill
Emerson and Jimmy Martin) and “Pilgrims Knob” (written by Bill Monroe)
to more harmonically and rhythmically adventurous tunes like “Black
Friday” (written by Alan Bibey and Wayne Benson) and the jazzy “Now’s
the Time” (written by jazz legend Charlie Parker). The pair seems at
home with whatever style they end up playing and have created plenty for
fans of the mandolin and just plain good instrumental bluegrass.
Alan Bibey was nominated in 2003 for a bluegrass album Grammy with the band BlueRidge for the album Side By Side.
He was awarded the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music In
America (SPBGMA) “Mandolin Player of the Year” in 2007, 2009, and 2010.
He has won International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) “Recorded
Event of the Year,” “Instrumental Recording of the Year,” and “Album of
the Year” along with several Mandolin Player of the Year nominations. He
has been on the cover of Bluegrass Now, Bluegrass Unlimited and Mandolin Quarterly.
Wayne Benson was named SPBGMA’s “Mandolin Player of Year” for five
consecutive years in the early 2000’s. He performed with The Wreckers
(Michelle Branch) in 2006 and appeared on The Tonight Show, CBS This Morning, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and The View
as part of their publicity tour. As a part of IIIRdTyme Out, Benson won
IBMA “Vocal Group of the Year” from 1994-2000 along with countless