Michael Daves & Friends featuring Tony Trischka
“A leading light of the New York bluegrass scene”
—The New York Times
Heralded as “A leading light of the New York bluegrass scene” by the New York Times, Michael Daves is nationally renowned for his collaborations with Chris Thile, Steve Martin, Tony Trischka, and Rosanne Cash in addition to his solo performances. His duet release with Thile, “Sleep With One Eye Open,” received a 2011 Grammy Nomination for Best Bluegrass Album.
Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Daves initially gravitated toward experimental music and jazz while studying at Hampshire College in Massachusetts. After relocating to the fertile roots-music scene of Brooklyn, New York, he began performing with banjo legend Tony Trischka. Of late, he’s been drawing a loyal legion of fans at the Rockwood Music Hall, where the upper crust of New York’s musical royalty appears both on and off stage.
Michael Daves’ latest release “Orchids and Violence,” on Nonesuch Records, is a double album featuring an identical set of songs recorded first in the traditional bluegrass style, and then again in an avant-garde roots-rock format. Daves has recently launched an online school in bluegrass vocals on ArtistWorks.com, the leading music learning website. Michael still lives in his Brooklyn recording studio where he is supervised by his daughter and two cats.
A perennial Grey Fox favorite, Tony Trischka is one of the most influential banjo players in the world. He blazed a progressive path for the banjo through his work with Breakfast Special, Country Cooking, and Skyline, along with a string of remarkable solo releases. He mentored a young Bela Fleck, with whom he went on to release several recordings. His Double Banjo Bluegrass Spectacular (Rounder Records) featured pairings with Earl Scruggs, Steve Martin and J.D. Crowe. That recording won Tony the IBMA award for Banjo Player of the Year, Recorded Event of the Year, and Instrumental Album of the Year, as well as a Grammy nomination. Appearing at Grey Fox with Michael Daves and Tony Trischka will be Brittany Haas, on fiddle, and Dominick Leslie, on mandolin.
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