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David Naiditch Wins the 14th Independent Music Awards for Bluegrass Album

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Bluegrass in the BackwoodsDavid's "Bluegrass in the Backwoods" is an instrumental CD that features dazzling solos by Stuart Duncan, Sierra Hull, Rob Ickes, Ron Block, Jake Workman, Dennis Caplinger, Christian Ward, and other topnotch virtuosos. David Naiditch won the 14th Independent Music Awards (IMA) for Bluegrass Album. The surprise is that David Naiditch plays the chromatic harmonica, an instrument that is used in jazz but that, as far as we know, hasn't been recorded in bluegrass since Jimmy Riddle of Hee Haw fame released his "Country Harmonica" LP in 1964.

Unlike the common bluesy-sounding diatonic harmonicas, in David's hands, the chromatic produces a sweet, fiddle-like sound and can handle fast, intricate melodies. Since the chromatic provides all the notes, David uses a C chromatic to play in all keys and can deal with tricky chord changes and key transitions without having to switch harmonicas. Before you say, "Oh no, not another jam-busting harmonica player," give David's playing a listen. You'll be more than pleasantly surprised.

Here are 4 complete tunes from the CD:

"New Camptown Races" -- D Naiditch, Stuart Duncan, Rob Ickes, Sierra Hull, D Caplinger, Jake Workman

"Lonesome Moonlight Waltz" -- David Naiditch, Stuart Duncan, Rob Ickes

"Bluegrass in the Backwoods" -- David Naiditch, Christian Ward, Dennis Caplinger
David Naiditch's "Bluegrass in the Backwoods" Album was the Vox Pop Winner.

"Jerusalem Ridge" -- David Naiditch, Christian Ward, Ron Block, Jake Workman

Within a few weeks of winning the IMA award, the International Acoustic Music Awards (IAMA) presented David the runner-up award in the instrumental category for his Gypsy jazz inspired version of "Oh, Lady Be Good," from his "Douce Ambiance: Gypsy Jazz Classics" CD.

David's CD and/or downloads can be purchased on iTunes (also Amazon, CDBaby, Elderly Instruments, Country Sales).

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