A spirited mix of songs and tunes inspired by fish, fishing and rivers, performed by some of the country's finest acoustic musicians. 16 songs; 60 min.
THE FISHING MUSIC STORY
Fishing Music began as a collaboration between musician and recording engineer Ben Winship, and musician and fly fishing aficionado David Thompson.
Ben is a veteran of the acoustic music scene, as a founding member of the bluegrass band "Loose Ties" touring with the Judith Edelman Band, and now joining Dave in Kane's River, currently gaining popularity in the bluegrass world. Ben also produced an acclaimed solo album called "One Shoe Left" in his Henhouse Studio, where much of the Fishing Music album was recorded.
Years back, Dave was a fly fishing guide and instructor before becoming establishing his own outdoor-focused marketing company (and playing music professionally). His company develops business identities, brochures, Web sites, and provides other creative services. During the fish-crazed years, he ran casting schools for Orvis, won fly fishing tournaments, and visited some of the top fresh and saltwater angling destinations worldwide. On the music side, Dave founded Kane's River with fellow band member John Lowell, and one of the songs he wrote, This Whole World, made it into the Top 10 on the Bluegrass Charts.
Living near Yellowstone Park, Ben and Dave are both avid anglers, and Ben had always marveled at the vast number of really superb fishing-inspired songs and tunes found in every style of music. He suggested that they record an album that would musically explore some of these great tunes, and tap friends from the acoustic music scene to bring it all together.
One of their main goals was to keep the tracks fun, but not frivolous, and the music evocative, without being contrived. They worked to create a collection of music that conveyed their own perspective on fishing that it isn't about the fish it's about being outdoors, and having time to yourself.
WHAT FOLKS HAVE SAID ABOUT FISHING MUSIC...
"You don't even have to be a fisherman to enjoy this fantastic CD!"
-Tom Brokaw, NBC News anchor
"These soothing tunes reflect some of the real reasons that crazy guys like us enjoy fishingrelaxation, joy, escape, and adventuresmall pleasures that adjust our attitude and outlook in this frenzied world."
-DR. Ken Ford, co-host of "The Reel Guys" fishing show on ESPN2
"My absolute favorite! This CD stays playing in my truck because it makes me want to sing out loud and head toward a river and go fishing."
-Lori Ann Murphy, Reel Women Fly Fishing Adventures
"If you yearn to spend your days on the river, you'll love this jaunty mix of blues, jazz, folk and bluegrass...celebrating the joys - and rueful letdowns - of the fishing life. If you can't be fishin', you ought to be listenin' to this fabulous CD!"
-Margaret Warner, The News Hour with Jim Lehrer on PBS
"The fishin' CD is fab. I've been listening to it all tour. I'm totally impressed with the production and writing... sounds great! I want a slew of them for xmas gifts!"
-Brian Wicklund, author of The American Fiddle Method
"I'm afraid you asked the wrong person. I never listen to records, never go fishing."
-Pete Seeger, world-renown folk singer/songwriter
"Fishing Music was our #1 selling CD over Christmas 2002"
-Rusty Linden, Manager, Cactus Records
"Every person we've shown this CD has bought a copy!"
-Steve Summerhill, Manager, The River's Edge Fly Shop