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Walls of Time

by Mike Block

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From Mike Block:

“After my first album of American Folk music, Final Night at Camp, I wanted to go deeper with the exploration of incorporating musicians from different cultures and styles into the re-imagination of what traditional American music could sound like, using a combination of timeless songs like CC Rider, Blackest Crow, and Wayfaring Stranger; traditional Old-time fiddle tunes like Forked Deer, Julianne Johnson, and Old Sledge; Bluegrass standards like Walls of Time and Old Dangerfield; while also throwing some unexpected things in like Roll Over Beethoven(Chuck Berry), Lay Down Your Weary Tune (Bob Dylan); and a new original of mine, How ‘bout going to the creek?

Grounding this album with the utmost authenticity were accomplished American musicians such as fiddlers Bruce Molsky and Darol Anger, mandolinist Joe K. Walsh, and bassist Zachariah Hickman. Helping me stretch the sounds of America were a handful of friends and musicians from other countries/styles: Wu Tong (China), Sandeep Das (India), Tunde Jegede (Nigeria), and Derek Gripper (South Africa).”


released November 8, 2019

Mike Block (vocals, cello, arrangements)
Bruce Molsky (fiddle, harmony vocals)
Joe K. Walsh (mandolin)
Zachariah Hickman (bass)
Tunde Jegede (kora)
Wu Tong (sheng)
Sandeep Das (tabla)
Darol Anger (fiddle)
Derek Gripper (guitar)
Dietrich Strauss (harmony vocals)
Mark Erelli (harmony vocals)

Produced by Mike Block
Engineered/Edited by Dan Cardinal
Mastered by Dave Sinko
Recorded at Dimension Sound Studios (Jamaica Plain, MA)
Album Art by Kevork Mourad
Graphic Design by Marian C. Holmes


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Mike Block Boston, Massachusetts

MIKE BLOCK is a Grammy-Award winning multi-style cellist, singer, composer, and educator, hailed by Yo-Yo Ma as the "ideal musician of the 21st-Century", and acclaimed by the NYTimes for his "vital rich-hued solo playing".

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