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Mandolinist Rich DelGrosso, Guitarist Mary Flower and multi-instrumentalist Martin Grosswendt have earned steady streams of praise for their outstanding string skills. Combined, these three have earned nine Blues Music Award nominations and enjoyed rave press reviews and top festival slots all over the world. And they do strum, pick and bow up a storm on their debut album together as the Ragpicker String Band — but it's their tight trio harmonies that especially dazzle. The acoustic dream team summons the spirits of everyone from the Mississippi Sheiks and Blind Boy Fuller to Jim Kweskin and R. Crumb as their voices and fingers fly through the mists back to the golden prewar age of folk-blues.

Classics by the likes of the Mississippi Sheiks, Sleepy John Estes and Blind Willie Johnson — combined with new originals by Flower and DelGrosso — allow this virtuosically fearsome threesome to leaven their serious instrumental and vocal chops with social satire and mischievous humor. Just as Kweskin and Crumb filtered the songs and sounds of their prewar folk-blues heroes through their own modern sensibilities and considerable personalities, so do the Ragpicker String Band. Jump from a fabulously fretted, sublimely sung trip to the past like Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning to a laughing lament of modern times like Google Blues and you'll find out what an uncommonly fine stew of traditional and contemporary ingredients they've cooked up. They even season it with a delectable dose of jazz via a conspicuously piano-less romp through Thelonious Monk's standard Blue Monk.

Mark Hoffman, the co-author of Moanin' at Midnight: The Life and Times of Howlin' Wolf, called DelGrosso's mandolin mastery "the best since Yank," and Yank Rachell devotees everywhere agree. Add what Mary — a two-time finalist at the National Fingerpicking Guitar Championship — and Martin ("One of the best fingerpickers I ever heard play" —David Bromberg) bring to the table and you know you're in for a string exhibition of the highest order. Add to that their irresistible harmonies and irrepressible humor and you’ve got a "side project" worthy of the front-and-center spotlight.

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released August 14, 2015

The Ragpicker String Band are:

Rich DelGrosso
lead and harmony vocals, mandolin and resonator mandolin, mandola, dobro

Mary Flower
lead and harmony vocals, fingerpicked and lap slide guitar

Martin Grosswendt
lead and harmony vocals, fingerpicked and bottleneck slide guitar, fiddle, mandolin


Produced by Mark “Kaz” Kazanoff
Recorded and mixed March 2015 by Stuart Sullivan at Wire Recording, Austin
Mastered by Jerry Tubb at Terra Nova Digital Audio, Austin

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Mandolinist Rich DelGrosso, Guitarist Mary Flower and multi-instrumentalist Martin Grosswendt have earned streams of praise for their string skills. Combined, they've scored 9 Blues Music Award nominations as well as rave reviews and top festival slots worldwide. They strum, pick and bow up a storm together as the Ragpicker String Band — but it's their tight trio harmonies that especially dazzle. ... more

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Track Name: Baby Where You Been
Hey hey baby where you been / when you shoulda been here with me
There's a cold cold seat at the head of the table
where my coulda shoulda used to be

Hey hey, baby where you been / when you should of been home tonight
there's a cold, cold plate of meat and potatoes
what happened to your appetite

There's ice and snow a comin' down -- bound to be much colder
that ain't nothin compared to your cold shoulder

Hey hey baby where you been when you should've been here with me
there's no fire to keep me warm
and the wood pile's about to freeze

Hey hey I'm blue and all alone since my honey baby took to roam
I'm a loco fool out on a limb still thinking that you might come home

Hey hey howlin' at the moon haven't seen the sun in days
Love is blind and I lose my mind when you treat me this-a way
Track Name: By Your Side
You can count, on me baby, to be by your side
Count, on me baby, to be by your side
When blue skies turn to gray,
And clouds just won't go away
You can count, on me baby, to be by your side

There are days, when the dollar, is wearing thin
And the gimmes are more than the money coming in
Days we ain't got a nickel
And the cards won't give us a win
You can count, on me baby, to be by your side

Your friends, work hard just to keep on keepin' on
They got problems, they don't mean you, mean you no wrong
No time for conversation
Feels like their long gone
You can count, on me baby, to be by your side
Track Name: Street Doctor Blues
Don't tell my papa, don't tell my mama what I do (2X)
Bring rage to the man, break my mother's heart in two.

Don't know the banker, but I do know the banker's son (2X)
The boy is a junkie, and I help him get it done.

I make lots of money, more than I thought I ever would (2X)
Sweet dreams to lost souls, don't do them a damn bit of good.

I crossed the line, so many years ago (2X)
Made my bed and I'll reap just what I sow.

Too close for comfort, too hot, it's time for me to go (2X)
Tell mama I love her, but I can't go home no more