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Mandolin Mondays #413 w/ Special Guest Liam Purcell

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Back on Mandolin Mondays this week, we're joined by Liam Purcell of Liam Purcell and Cane Mill Road, playing the Thile tune "Bittersweet Reel" on Liam's 2014 Steve Sorensen Two-Point Sprite--filmed here by Teddy Kent.

Growing up just down the road from Doc Watson, Liam Purcell leads Cane Mill Road as they rock the traditional bluegrass standards they were raised on, yet boldly write original music with roots in the fertile grounds of bluegrass, old-time, and Americana. Their powerful arrangements and dynamic stage presence have landed them main stage slots at legendary festivals across the country.

Named Momentum Band of the Year by IBMA in 2019, Liam Purcell & Cane Mill Road have been recognized as one of the fastest growing bands in the industry. Their latest release "Roots" debuted at #6 on the Billboard Bluegrass Album Charts, joining their three previous albums for a total of 12 weeks in the Top 10.

In 2022, bandleader Liam Purcell turned heads by sweeping the Rockygrass Instrumental Championships on Guitar, Mandolin, and Banjo, becoming the first person in history to do so.

Cath Liam on the road, or grab a private online lesson with him, reach out to him here for more info:

Here is a brief word from Liam about this video, "This tune is one of my very favorite Thile compositions. There was a time when I went album by album learning the melodies and the solos to every project of his, and this one has certainly stuck with me over the years."

Be sure to connect with Liam at the links below for more info about his music:

And as always, tune in next week for more Mandolin Mondays! Until then...

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  1. Steve Sorensen's Avatar
    Liam's tone with his Sorensen Sprite Two-Point mandolin always makes me smile.
  2. John Soper's Avatar
    Nice tune, nicely played. And I agree. Steve - the Sprite is a great-sounding mandolin!
  3. James Vwaal's Avatar
    Yeah, very nice tone from that Sprite.