Originally a guitar and mandolin group, Candlewyck soon became the title of a recording project that would feature Ty's original compositions and Chris’exciting mandolin style. While working on these songs Chris and Ty recruited the help of some talented friends such as banjoist Steve Dilling (IIIrd Tyme Out) and producer Art Bordeaux. As word spread about the Candlewyck CD, more and more people wanted to take part. Ultimately the CD became an all-star recording that features some of the finest talents in acoustic music. John Cowan (New Grass Revival), Joe Craven (David Grisman Quintet), Jim Hurst, Larry Rice and Michael Fath are just a few of the musicians that perform on the CD. Combining elements of rock, jazz and classical music, the Candlewyck project was recorded primarily at The Sound Farm studios in Charlotte with additional recording done in various other studios throughout North Carolina and Virginia. While this eclectic recording often hints at folk, country and popular music, it’s loaded with fresh ideas. The Candlewyck CD includes the hook-laden “Whatcha Gonna Say”, the touching “Little Jasper” and the gospel barn-burner “Firemen”.

The band prides itself on being one of a very few bluegrass groups to write, record and perform their own material. While Ty composes most of the group’s material, several tunes are collaborations with Chris such as "Firemen". “This will always be one of our favorite songs and was actually our first single released to radio where it did well” says Chris. They called on Lonesome River Band alumni Don to sing lead on the tune and it won Best Bluegrass Song at the 2002 Independent Music Awards--not a small feat considering the thousands of entries and the fact that the judges included Arturo Sandoval, Ricky Skaggs and Tom Waits.


Candlewyck (Self Titled) 2001
Lootbeg (2005)