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Chris Eldridge – “The Mean Mothers Blues”

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I first heard about Chris Eldridge (aka Critter) when I first moved back to Charlottesville in 2004.  His name had been floating around the acoustic scene a lot as a wonderful, lightning fast guitarist.  He came through town a few times and played at The Prism Coffeehouse, but I never got a chance to actually catch him live.  Through the years I kept hearing about him and realized that we had many similar friends and acquaintances.  Although Chris primarily plays as the guitarist for the “progressive bluegrass” group, The Punch Brothers, he is involved in many projects.  One project is a collaboration with one of my favorite modern jazz guitarists, Julian Lage (a longtime friend of Morwenna’s).  Though I have only seen one video on YouTube of the duo (“Cattle in the Cane” live in Brooklyn, filmed in 2011), it was more than enough to catch my attention.

On a rainy Sunday afternoon in late April, I drove out to the Mountain Cove Music Festival in Lovingston, VA.  Headlining this year was Tony Trischka and Territory, one of the world’s top banjo players along with a rotating cast of stellar musicians which included Mike Barnett on FiddleJared Engel on Upright (who was also once in a Gypsy Swing group with Morwenna and Stephane Wrembel) and Chris Eldridge on Guitar.  Coincidentally, Chris was one of the first people that I emailed when I first started my “Pun Picks” idea.  He kindly responded not too long after saying that he would love to be a part of the project the next time we crossed paths.  So, this session came about in the tasting room of Mountain Cove Vineyards after their set.

I hear Chris & Julian will be doing a few dates later on this summer together.  Check out www.punchbrothers.com for more info.

 Here is Chris playing “The Mean Mother Blues.” 

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