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New Album, In Good Company, by Banjo Artist Bill Evans Due May 15th

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In Good CompanyBluegrass and NewGrass Banjo artist Bill Evans has announced that his new CD In Good Company is now available to radio broadcasters and reviewers. This new project includes 26 guest musicians, including bluegrass and acoustic artists The Infamous Stringdusters, Tim O'Brien, Joy Kills Sorrow, Rob Ickes, Stuart Duncan, David Grier, Missy Raines, Darol Anger, Mike Marshall, Laurie Lewis, Tashina & Tristan Clarridge, Todd Phillips, Ned Luberecki, Matt Flinner, Dominic Leslie, Corey Evans and Cindy Browne Rosefield. Street date is currently planned for mid May.

Bill comments saying, "This stellar line-up performs five new instrumental compositions from me, a four song, ten-minute Beatles medley and songs with The Infamous Stringdusters performing John Martyn's 'Walk to the Water', Joy Kills Sorrow performing Sarah Siskind's 'On and On' - not the Bill Monroe song, and Tim O'Brien performing 'Follow the Drinking Gourd'."

In Good Company was recorded in Berkeley, Nashville and Philadelphia and was produced by Bill along with Stephen Mougin (from the Sam Bush Band), Darol Anger and Tom Size. In Good Company is distributed by Burnside Distribution, Portland, OR and is set for release on May 15th. Physical and digital copies are available now directly from me at www.billevansbanjo.com and there are generous samples of the entire project at http://www.billevansbanjo.com/in-good-company-cd44.php

Bill continues saying, "Thanks to all of you for your previous support. There's a wide variety of music on this project, from mainstream bluegrass to folk and progressive acoustic sounds. I'm proud of this recording and I hope you enjoy it too."

Bill Evans is an internationally recognized five-string banjo life force. As a performer, teacher, writer and composer, he brings a deep knowledge, intense virtuosity and contagious passion to all things banjo, with thousands of music fans and banjo students from all over the world in a music career that now spans over thirty-five years.

Bill's banjo artistry is best experienced in live performance and on his recordings Native and Fine (Rounder 0295), Bill Evans Plays Banjo (Native and Fine 906-3) and ...let's do something (Native and Fine 906-8) with Megan Lynch. Bill successfully bridges traditional and contemporary sounds and playing techniques, creating a new music that is firmly within the bluegrass tradition but draws upon a broad knowledge of classical, jazz and world music, drawing upon his experiences as a graduate student in Music at the University of California, Berkeley.

Since the 1980's, Bill has been in the center of the progressive bluegrass/new acoustic music movement, beginning with his Charlottesville, Virginia based band Cloud Valley, which included bassist extraordinaire Missy Raines and New Mexico mandolin virtuoso Steve Smith. Over three decades of touring, Bill has appeared with David Grisman, Peter Rowan, The Contribution (members of String Cheese Incident, Railroad Earth and New Monsoon), Tony Trischka, the De Pue Brothers Band, Dry Branch Fire Squad, Los Cenzontles, Mike Seeger, Hazel Dickens & Alice Gerrard, Laurie Lewis, Jim Hurst, Lynn Morris, Robin and Linda Williams, Kathy Kallick, Alan Munde, Don Rigsby, Bluegrass Intentions, Due West, Megan Lynch and the Bill Evans String Summit (featuring Scott Nygaard, Tashina & Tristan Clarridge and Michael Witcher).

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