'Poet and fiddler, or, if you please, fiddler and poet Ken Waldman combines a lyric heart with a good old fiddle shuffle. His writing is singular and superbly crafted, and his playing strikes to the heart of the tune. Kudos to him for putting both poetry and traditional music in front of new audiences.' ---------Joe Newberry, Durham, N.C. 'Leave it to Ken Waldman, Alaska's Fiddling Poet, to dispel the notion that all Alaskan fiddling poet music sounds alike. His third offering is the most diverse yet . . . Though the music never loses it's Appalachian identity--especially with renditions of 'Forked Deer' and 'Greasy String'--Waldman's words are what seal the deal. They're often vivid and profound, such as the last line from 'Fiddler,' which concludes with, 'Fiddler, all he had to do was be.' The last five tracks (including the hidden track) feature over 22 minutes of scintillating, old-time dance music with the mayhemic Music Party Band. As evidenced here, Waldman is poised to become America's fiddling poet. Crown him--now.' ---------Dan Willging, Dirty Linen Magazine, June/July '03.
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