Big Trout Radio,
Songs About Fishing
(Twining Tree, 2003)

Here's a specialty treat. I wondered, what kind of music would you play while you're fishing? This isn't what I imagined at all. Actually, I couldn't imagine anything disturbing the silence.

But after a few listens to Big Trout Radio, it flashed on me. This CD is for those dreadful times you can't get fishing!

This talented acoustic trio of Artie Traum, Chris Shaw and Tom Akstens has created 12 original songs and adapted two traditional ones to create a recording to ease the crave between fishing expeditions. When you can't get to your favorite spot, a little of this gives you the feel of a lazy, hazy, summer day, under the banyan tree, straw in your mouth, watching the fishing pole sway as the bobber bobs in a silent pool. Nobody's gonna rush me, not doin' nothing, I'm fishin'....

A cache of smooth tunes for banjo, guitar and mandolin, with help from special guest musicians Cindy Cashdollar, Robbie Dupree, Debbie Lan, John Kirk, Tony Markellis, Abby Newton, John Sebastian and Happy Traum, means there's a lot of good fishin' going on. Blues, ragtime, country and old-time music round out the show and the fishing enthusiasts can sit back and let their imagination swim. Here's a music CD that's made for a special purpose with a special group in mind and its musicians (who must be avid fishermen themselves) have done that perfectly, right down to the big whopper. It took me a while to figure that out and I'll leave it to those of you who buy the CD to follow up on that one.

- Rambles
written by Virginia MacIsaac
published 13 September 2003

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