Sunday at the Leo: October 9, 2011

It was a standing-room-only crowd at the Leo Coffeehouse this past Sunday at the CD release party for “Mike Oberst and His Five String Banjo,”  the debut solo CD for Mike Oberst, banjo twanger and lead singer for The Tillers. Mike invited a number of his friends who helped out with CD to help out with his performance on the Leo stage as well.

The players included the Rabbit Hash String Band, Mark Utley and Matt Frazer of Magnolia MountainThe William’s Family Band, and hammer dulcimer player Patti Walker.

Mike described the recording process by saying he invited his friends into his living room to play and to record some songs and then they would figure which were the good ones. It turned out, he said, pretty much all of them were good.

The night had that seem feeling, like we (the audience) were with Mike and the players in his house, listening as the talked about what to play and how to play it. And it turned out; all of the performances were good, too.

The CD is available at Shake it Records, all Tillers’ shows, and will soon be available on iTunes.

The evening starting with a 30-minute set from Rabbit Hash, setting the old-timey tone for the rest of the night. Rabbit Hash has a couple of gigs coming up.

All the players at the CD release party – and a whole lot more — will also be playing at a benefit concert, called To Sing With You Once More, at Southgate house in November

The benefit concert will raise money to fund research for and increased awareness of multiple myeloma, a form of cancer. The disease claimed the lives of folk legend Mike Seeger, as well as Mike’s mother, Lori Oberst. Proceeds from the show will be donated to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation and the Mike Seeger Scholarship Fund. 


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