Band Together For Butch
My first mandolin teacher, Butch Baldassari, of Nashville, Tennessee is fighting a tough medical battle. As a Doc, I don’t feel like I should write up all the details, but his story is well outlined on his website, SoundArt Recordings. Also, our Mandolin Cafe keeps us posted with regular updates.
Butch was not only my first teacher, but for the mandolin community he is “America’s teacher.” My guess is more mando students got their start from his mandolin intro series than any other source. I recently picked up a few of his items I did not have, and his wife sent me a “Band Together For Butch” arm bracelet, which I now wear every day. The bracelet has become the symbol of support for Butch in our little tight-knit community of mandolin folks.
So, go over to SoundArt Recordings and visit. As you know, mine is a 100% non-commercial weblog, but if you have an interest in what all the mandolin fuss is about consider picking up one of his CDs. The family could use the support and IMHO (bluegrass for in my humble opinion) you will get more than your $15.00 in blessings.
When you look at his site you will see there is something for everyone. Butch is great at bluegrass, but it doesn’t stop there. He has CDs of mandolin orchestra, Christmas music, hymns, Irish, Celtic, and much more. My personal favorite is the spare and humble “Appalachian Mandolin and Dulcimer.” Butch grew up in Pennsylvania, but it sounds like it could have been recorded on a N.C. mountain front porch like some of locales I report from.
Most of all, y’all send up some prayers for my old friend. His illness falls into the category of “things old Docs can’t understand why it is that way,” and he and his people are in my thoughts and prayers.