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“Audience response is great, special for ‘My Kentucky Dream,’ ‘Darcy Farrow,’ and ‘It's Never Too Late’. But I'm spinnin' also all the other greats.” Pete Lenloy, Radio Carinzia, Vienna, Austria.
- (“Alan Munde Gazette”, Munde’s Child Records MCR001):


"Flawless pickin', strong tunes, and fine pacing and production add up to a package I'll be happy to spin often on KUT’s Folkways." - - David Obermann,



“…fresh and exciting presentations of a wide range of bluegrass material featuring songs by Bob Dylan, ‘Blind Lemon’ Jefferson, Carter Stanley, and Dolly Parton. There are also original compositions by band members Alan Munde and Bill Honker. Bluegrass fans will groove on ‘This Morning at Nine,’ ‘Alberta Bound,’ ‘Daybreak in Dixie,’ ‘Darcy Farrow,’ and the gospel favorite, ‘Softly and Tenderly.’" November 2004 - Bluegrass Now Magazine


“I really like the new project-full of some neat tunes, cool arrangements and, of course, some of the tastiest banjo picking in the known acoustic universe. I especially enjoyed ‘Deep Ellum Blues’ (your breaks on that one are just mouth-wateringly fine), ‘Alberta Bound’ (Gordon Lightfoot's only real bluegrass tune, which no one has ever thought to cover), ‘Darcy Farrow,’ ‘It's Never Too Late’ and ‘Don't Think Twice.’ Thanks again for the sublime music!” - Nashville Public Radio


Many thanks for sending us a copy of your sterling new effort, Made to Last, which I think is one of the strongest albums the Gazette has ever made. That's saying a lot, considering the band's long and distinguished history. The songs are powerful, creatively arranged and passionately sung. And, of course, there's plenty of mouth-wateringly fine banjo pickin'. I especially enjoyed "Little Teardrops" (maybe my favorite), "Wave Goodbye," "Haul Away" (what a cool arrangement!--Fairport Convention comes to South Plains), "What's So Good About Goodbye," the original instrumentals and the fine title track.

This is some mighty fine music and I'll be doing my best to get the word out in Nashville and in our other syndicated locations. Thanks again!



- Dave Higgs Bluegrass Breakdown


Brand new band, brand new sounds and might fine; Made to Last. Alan Munde of Country Gazette fame (and others) steps up and offers some fresh, crisp sounds of bluegrass with a new line-up of talented people. Alan is in top form on the banjo complete with two new instrumentals; “Traditional Family Breakdown” and “The Run of ‘89”. Joining Alan is Bill Honker on bass & vocals, Nate Lee, hot on the fiddle, Elliott Rogers guitar and vocals and Steve Smith, mandolin & vocals. Elliott and Bill contribute 6 fine, original tunes to the fine mix of music. It’s a CD full of power, enthusiasm and talent put together in a well recorded and dynamic style. This style is best demonstrated in the grand old ‘outlaw standard’ “John Hardy” with some very hot and innovative pickin’ going on. Made to Last is a CD full of neat tunes, drive and fun. - UPTOWN BLUEGRASS


Discography

Alan Munde Gazette:
MADE TO LAST- Munde's Child Records

Alan Munde
Festival Favorites Revisited - Rounder
Blue Ridge Express - Rounder
Welcome to West Texas (w/Joe Carr) - Flying Fish
Windy Days and Dusty Skies (w/Joe Carr) - Flying Fish
Texas Fiddle Favorites (w/Joe Carr) - Mel Bay
Banjo Sandwich - Ridge Runner
The Banjo Kid Picks Again - Ridge Runner
Traitor in Our Midst (Country Gazette) - United Artists
Country Gazette, Don't Give Up Your Day Job - United Artists
Knee Deep In Bluegrass - Rebel Records

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Alan Munde, long regarded as one of the world's foremost 5-string banjo players, has returned as a bluegrass band leader.

Joining Alan in The Alan Munde Gazette are some of the finest pickers and singers in the Southwest - Elliott Rogers, Bill Honker, Steve Smith, and Nate Lee.

The music they produce is just what you'd expect from this group of talented, creative, and experienced musicians - stellar instrumentation, a mixture of traditional and original material, and some of the best harmony singing you'll hear anywhere - all driven by air-tight rhythm and Alan's trademark banjo playing.

The band brings you true bluegrass music with heart and soul, delivered in a powerful, straight-ahead style which is both compelling and entertaining.