(I-Newswire) Purcellville, VA, November 6, 2010 – Loudoun County, Virginia media company Goose Creek Music is pleased to announce the release of Jimmy Gaudreau’s new studio album Pieces and Bits. The album is co-produced by Jimmy Gaudreau and Stuart Martin, and was recorded over a period of two years at Stonebridge Studios, a full-service music recording studio near Leesburg, Virginia. The songs are primarily instrumentals, and feature an appearance by virtuoso jazz guitarist Frank Vignola, as well as support from noted bluegrass players Mike Auldridge, Moondi Klein, Orrin Star, Jens Kruger, and many others. The album is available for sale on iTunes, from the Goose Creek Music Website and from CD Baby.
Talking about the album’s Pieces and Bits title, Gaudreau describes ‘the Pieces’ as fully instrumented production numbers, while ‘the Bits’ are bare bones versions of shorter tunes. The recordings demonstrate the dazzling Bluegrass mandolin and guitar work for which Gaudreau has become known, but also touch on influences from Jazz, Blues, Celtic, and Folk music. Stuart Martin, Goose Creek’s chief sound engineer, co-produced the project and worked closely with Gaudreau to get the right natural tone for every instrument, from octave mandolin to 12-string, archtop acoustic, and flattop guitars.
Jimmy Gaudreau has long been regarded as one of the top Bluegrass performers in the world. Since getting the call in 1969 to move to the Washington, DC area from his native Rhode Island and join the legendary Country Gentlemen band, he has performed with a veritable Who’s Who of Bluegrass bands and earned a reputation as a mandolin maverick with a sound and a style all his own.In addition to two stints with the Country Gentlemen, Gaudreau has also performed with JD Crowe and the New South, with The Tony Rice Unit (for 9 years), and with his own bands Country Store, Spectrum (with Bela Fleck), Chesapeake, and Auldridge, Bennett & Gaudreau. He is a former member of the Country Gentlemen Reunion Band with Randy Waller, Eddie Adcock, and Tom Gray and was a part of Carolina Star with leader John Starling, and bandmates Mike Auldridge, Rickie Simpkins and Tom Gray. Jimmy also has performed in duos with Jack Lawrence and Orrin Star and Moondi Klein.
In 2005, Gaudreau was inducted into the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America’s Hall of Greats and featured in a Mandolin Magazine cover story. In 2008, Gaudreau and Moondi Klein opened for Emmylou Harris during her summer tour series.
Founded in 2008, Purcellville, Virginia-based Goose Creek Music and Entertainment was started by president, Mike Pugh, a media producer and publisher who combines studio recording, live music events, advanced audio production facilities, and new-media distribution techniques to produce audio and video recordings of Baltimore, Washington DC, and Northern Virginia musicians.
Goose Creek broadcasts its published works on ComCast local television and through Web 2.0 destinations including social media sites, YouTube, Podcasts, and high-resolution Webcasts. Projects include music videos, documentaries, concert events, and studio recordings for local artists. Goose Creek Music embraces Americana music, integrating a multi-cultural musical heritage, including Country, Blues, Jazz, Gospel, Hip-Hop, and Soul, as well as Tin Pan Alley, and Show Tunes from great American musicals. For more information about Goose Creek Music, call USA 540.751.1395 or visit the Goose Creek Music Website.