Fiddler Extraordinaire

Wow, Baby! (Independent)
Hunter Berry

By Bob Mitchell

Hunter Berry, an extraordinary fiddler, usually provides the back-up for Rhonda Vincent. Anyone who has seen him in concert can attest to his enthusiasm, dedication and enormous musical talent.

Now for the first time, Berry takes center stage and is surrounded by some of the industry's most respected names including Tony Rice, Doyle Lawson, Dan Tyminski, Marty Stuart, Bobby Osborne, Bryan Sutton, Adam Steffey, Jason Carter, Buck White, Sally Sandker, Sonya Isaacs, Keith Williams, Vincent, Buddy Spicher, Ronnie Stewart and Darrin Vincent.

Berry's consistently fresh bow work permeates a captivating project that leaves no doubt about his commitment to traditional bluegrass. His enthusiastic and inventive contributions are the lifeblood of a recording that is guaranteed to provide listening satisfaction.

This highly diversified recording displays exceptional talent but several tracks are especially noteworthy, specifically, the breathtaking twin fiddles on the beautiful "Waltz for Mom and Dad;" the lonesome sounds of "Hard Living," coupled with the dynamic voices of Rhonda Vincent and Sonya Isaacs; the and infectious rhythms of "Ragtime Annie," "Leather Britches" and "Fiddler's Dream."

Additionally, the feisty western swing of "Kansas City Kitty" is pure joy. Highly recommended.

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