Monroe Tribute from Frank Wakefield

by | 6 Nov, 2011

Frank WakefieldPatuxent Music have released a Frank Wakefield’s tribute album to Bill Monroe.

Franklin Delano Wakefield was born on June 26, 1934 in Emory Gap, Tennessee. Frank began to play harmonica and guitar as a young child. Meanwhile, Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys were creating a new, exciting brand of country music built around tight, high-pitched harmony singing, Earl Scruggs’s new style of banjo picking, and the intense, blues-influenced mandolin style created by bandleader Monroe. It was during this time in the early history of bluegrass music when a teenaged Frank Wakefield, living in Dayton, Ohio, got his first mandolin.

Soon, Frank began working with Red Allen, the start of a musical collaboration which was to last many years. They organized a bluegrass band with Noah Crase on banjo, which performed in the Dayton area for some time. Frank later moved to Detroit, where he played with Jimmy Martin for about a year, until he left Detroit to organize his own band. At this time, Frank was beginning to write and record original bluegrass material, most notably the classic instrumental “New Camptown Races.” In the late
1950’s, Frank worked briefly with the Stanley Brothers. In the early 1960’s, Frank moved to Washington D.C. , where he was joined again by Red Allen.The two performed in clubs and on WDON Radio in Wheaton, Maryland, and recorded a classic LP for Folkways. During the mid-to-late 1960’s, Frank was a member of the Greenbriar Boys, playing several times at Carnegie Hall.

The album features Frank Wakefield on mandolin, vocals, Audie Blaylock on vocals, Michael Cleveland on fiddle, Mark Delaney on banjo, Tom Ewing on guitar,  vocals, Marshall Wilborn on bass, Tom Mindte on vocals, 2nd mandolin and Taylor Baker on 3rd mandolin.

Track Listing:

  1. When You are Lonely
  2. Rawhide
  3. That’s All Right
  4. Bluegrass Breakdown
  5. A Beautiful Life
  6. Letter from My Darling
  7. Panhandle Country
  8. When the Golden Leaves Begin to Fall
  9. Pike County Breakdown
  10. Blue Moon of Kentucky
  11. Blue Grass Stomp
  12. Swing Low Sweet ChariotClose By
  13. Wheel Hoss
  14. On and On
  15. The One I Love is Gone