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Frank Wakefield Band Tours Web Site 1997 to 2007 Official Version

FRANK WAKEFIELD "On Film"-  

6) Adventures in Bluegrass 14     > Freight 3-3-2006 (NEW)

 

 

Video Preview: Adventures in Bluegrass 9 Click Here  

AB8 CT GO EAST Tour Movie (for Windows Media Player 9)  

 

Return To Emory Gap Concert in 2006 Harriman, TN

 

FWB Power Trio: Frank Wakefield, Jim Moss, James Lewin

(Notice the great DAT mics)

2005 Tractor Tavern, Seattle, WA

Richard Greene and Jim Moss

 

See More Photos From The GO WEST TOUR 2005

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Hey Jim 

I've been following your tour via comments from the audience in various
cities who posted on the web. Sounds like everywhere y'all go you
leave happiness, and I'm a witness now.  Dayton was one of the most
fulfilling show of my experience, you know what you guys are???
Well I'll tell you... y'all are TROUBADOURS... roaming from town to town

spreading a very positive musical message, you truly are minstrels and

I plan on seeing you again.  All of you stay healthy. Jim Coe Columbus OH

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http://www.candlewater.com/GO_EAST_2004/Baggot_Inn/Akira_Nagai/

 

FOR GO EAST TOUR PHOTOS VISIT (including King Wilkie): GoEastTour.html

 

The Official Web Site 

( From November 18th, 1997 to May 22th, 2007 )

Living Legend
    Frank Wakefield
      Master of the Mandolin
               "Scroll Down" for more photos.

* ===================  Streaming Film Online ================== *
The Frank Wakefield Photo Collection
The Frank Wakefield Band
( From November 18th, 1997 to May 14th, 2007 )

 

The Frank Wakefield Band
Featuring:

The Master of the Mandolin

Frank Wakefield

and

Bluegrass Fiddler

Jim Moss

with

Jim Lewin on Guitar

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Year 2007 

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The Frank Wakefield Band

 

--- 2007 ---

       

** May 10, 2007, 7:30 pm **
The Attic

(All ages Welcome)
Santa Cruz, California

Poster PDF  8.5 x 11:

Poster PDF 11 x 17:

     

** May 11 - 13, 2007, **

Mandolin Campover Extravaganza
SOLD OUT

 

    

** May 12, 2007, 8:00 pm **
The Freight & Salvage Coffee House

(All ages Welcome)
Berkeley, California

Poster PDF  8.5 x 11:

Poster PDF 11 x 17:

 

   


 

 

   

The Frank Wakefield Band at the Wolf Mountain Bluegrass Festival
http://www.candlewater.com/wolfmtn2004/

Sweden Tour 2004 Photos1

Sweden Tour 2004 Photos2

Sweden Tour 2004 Photos3

Sweden Tour 2004 Photos4

Sweden Tour 2004 Photos5

UK Tour 2004 Photos1

UK Tour 2004 Photos2

   
 More Photos of February 2004 tour (including Hooters photos):
 http://www.candlewater.com/midwest04/
 http://www.candlewater.com/midwest04/evanstannevinslive.html
 http://www.candlewater.com/midwest04/canalstreet01.html
 http://www.candlewater.com/midwest04/kalamazookraftbrau.html
 http://www.candlewater.com/midwest04/clevelandmandoclass.html
    

Left to Right: Frank Wakefield, Jim Moss, Jeff Harris, David Nelson, Graham Murphy

=================== Call venues for latest details ===============

Ultra Clear DVD Series:
The Frank Wakefield Mandolin Lesson DVD Series
http://www.candlewater.com/BlueberryRecords/FWDVDSeries/

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FILM ONLINE: The Frank Wakefield Band, Adventures in Bluegrass III
Brand New! Feel free to view the NEW Frank Wakefield Band film from
the band's 2002 Pacific Northwest Tour.  Frank hopes to see everyone who
can make on his up coming tour.

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Photos: The Frank Wakefield Band's Midwest Tour 2002
http://www.candlewater.com/midwest02/  Chicago/Evanston
http://www.candlewater.com/midwest02/index2.html  Dayton
http://www.candlewater.com/midwest02/index3.html Kalamazoo
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THE FRANK WAKEFIELD BAND 2002 TOUR OF CALIFORNIA, OREGON & WASHINGTON
More Photos from the Pacific North West Tour:
http://www.candlewater.com/FWB2002WCT/ (extra large page)
http://www.candlewater.com/FWB2002WestCoastTour/
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FILM ONLINE: The Frank Wakefield Band, Adventures in Bluegrass II

FILM ONLINE: Wakefield Concert Video From Bean Blossom 2001

 FILM ONLINE: Wakefield Concert Video of Y2K Tour

VIEW FRANK WAKEFIELD'S GRAMMY NOMINATION
 
 
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Sleeping Lady  Turkey In The Straw, Walkin' In My Sleep, Catnip, Moonlight Waltz, Bluegrass Swing, The Old Mountaineer, Call Of The Shepherd, Little Rabbit, Cruel Willie, Cotton Eyed Joe, Salt Creek, 
Carol County Blues, Sleeping Lady, Midnight At Bean Blossom
 

Independent  Reviews From Mandolin Lists

The final word of praise goes to your "Sleeping Lady."  First, the
recording itself:  I see what you meant by saying that you recorded Frank
as if the mandolin were 50' tall.  Clear, hard, stunning clarity:  the
pick clicking on strings throughout.  Many things to praise, from that
great split break between fiddle and mandolin in "Turkey" (you go low and
he goes high) to that languid sweet slide you get on "Sleeping
Lady"--followed by Frank's teasing slow tempo in his break.  In fact, on
both these recordings Frank sounds more like Monroe than ever, and seems
deliberately to have slowed much of his playing (noticeable on "Camptown",
my fifth recorded version and my favorite) which gives a wonderful effect.
 A very great record.  I have been playing John Hartford's two Ed Haley
records ("The Speed of the Old Long Bow" and ("Wild Hog") lately, and
yours has entered the rotation for daily listening.   In fact for variety
as well as great playing, I rank it with the K. Colonels "Appalachian
Swing" and Dan Crary's "Bluegrass Guitar."
Now please find your way to New England.

Randall Colaizzi 
Professor of Classical Studies
Wellesley College
 

"Sleeping Lady" Bluegrass Instrumentals by Jim Moss (on Fiddle),
featuring Frank Wakefield (Mandolin) and Bob Black (Banjo), is a CD that must
not be kept a "Sleeping Lady".  It must be heard by all!

I purchased the CD after the Frank Wakefield Concert at McCabes! 
I was able to meet Jim Moss~ and I must say i was very impressed with his playing! 
Actually, I think the band would have played into the wee hours of the night... that is
how much they love their music!   BTW the concert was 3 1/2 hours long!

On the CD, my favorite songs are:  "Moonlight Waltz",
"Catnip", "Little Rabbit", and "Cotton Eyed Joe".

Check this CD out... You won't be disappointed!

My best,
Linda Riha
Burbank, CA
 

Linda,
That is a GREAT album.  I bought one from Mr. Moss at the
Frank Wakefield Band show at McCabes.  I don't think I have ever heard
Fiddle and Mandolin with the rich Monroe sound as I have with this CD.
Mr Wakefield's mandolin sounds like it is coming through the speakers.
Same for the fiddle.   This is like no other mandolin CD.

Why can't we get more CDs with the huge sound that Sleeping Lady has.
Moonlight Waltz is incredible.   I also like Walking In My Sleep.

This is the first Moss album I have seen.    Does anyone know if there
are others out.

This sure has the Monroe sound.
Bill Mason
 

Frank Wakefield's fiddle player, band leader, manager and booking agent,
Jim Moss has a new CD called "Sleeping Lady". Frank's all over it with his
own unique style as is Bob Black on banjo and various others. This is some
really powerful fiddle playing....tough,strong recording. Bluegrass on
steroids! There are some good old tunes, some new stuff and it's a really
fresh take. He uses some open tunings on the fiddle where it sounds like a
bunch of bagpipes along with the fiddle. Good stuff as anything Frank
participates seems to be. Get it at: www.candlewater.com. Highly
recommended with no financial interest. 

Larry Otis
 

I have to second Linda's "A MUST"!  Sleeping Lady is one of the most
tasteful projects that I've listened to in quite a while.  All instrumental,
and several Jim Moss originals.  Jim's fiddle is spectacular, Wakefield's
Loar is stellar, and Black's banjo is about as tasteful as I've ever heard.
Kenny Baker must be some more teacher!

Gary McElwee

  The "Sleeping Lady" CD is outstanding! I can't believe you guys aren't
household names! Every tune is great, from the smokin' "Turkey in the Straw"
to the title tune. I'm going to order both of your current CD's and give a
copy of "Sleeping Lady" to my parents. They'll love it!

Thanks again,
John Bowen
 

I just wonder why we don't hear more music like this.  If you close your
eyes it sounds like Monroe himself.  It also sounds like Frank Wakefield.
The fiddle has real punch in fact the entire album has punch.  This is
what bluegrass sounded like in the 1960's.  Hard! and Tough!

Bill Mason

I just need to add my voice to the chorus of praise for the Jim Moss
"Sleeping Lady" recording. I received my copy yesterday. I played it in the
car on the way to work this morning. I've got a Bose system, and the sound
was just breathtaking. The fiddle and mandolin sounded like they were right
there in the car with me (at least until my wife made me turn it down some).
Not that the other instruments don't sound good as well, but it is those two
that sound so startlingly present to me. And while I'm talking about the CD,
I certainly don't want to ignore the music! Fourteen great tunes, some old
and some new (to me at least). Frank Wakefield sounds great as always, and
Bob Black does a fine job on banjo. I'd have to say that "Cruel Willie" is
my favorite. Sends chills up my spine as I listen to it hear now. VERY
powerful stuff. Right now I'm listening to it on my Cambridge Soundworks
Desktop Theater computer sound system, and it sounds great on that too!

Anyway, I'm rambling, and need to get back to work, but I can't say enough
about this recording. You owe it to yourself to get a copy. I have no
financial interest in saying so, and I don't know Jim personally (although I
hope our paths cross someday). 

Regards,
Rob Coleman
 

 

Jim, I received your new CD Sleeping Lady.

This is a GREAT CD! There's some fine fiddling going on

and Frank is kicking it. It's getting repeated playing at the moment.

I like all the instrumentals but, I I'm really digging Bonus Track #16 Ownself Blues.

 

Thanks!
John Amann
 

Hi Jim, I'm listening to the Sleeping Lady CD today at work and I can't believe 
how well it's recorded.  My compliments to the chef !! 
(our mastering engineer at work is impressed)  Can't wait to hear the next batch.

When Walkin' In My Sleep came on it almost blew me out of my chair. 
Frank's mandolin sounds like it's coming from right between your ears. 
Bob Black sounds crystal clear and your fiddle rips right through your chest. 
I had to pour a drink and settle down.  That's the way Bluegrass is supposed to sound, 
not like the antiseptic recordings we hear today - way over produced like they're squeezing 
all the juice out of it.  English rocker and producer Nick Lowe used to mix everything 
through tiny car radio speakers and his records always sounded more present than 
anyone else's at the time.  I think we should all go back to mono and start over. 
By the way, last night I viewed part of the DVD and I must say that that's gotta be 
the best way to teach mandolin.  I had a non-playing mandolin friend with me 
who always asked me "how do you do that?" Now after seeing Frank, 
he's substantially demystified.  I'm very impressed with the whole method. 

Great Job Jim.
Roger Kash
Hallandale, FL

  

* ->The Frank Wakefield Band At Bean Blossom

* ->The Frank Wakefield Band Y2K (Feb 2000) Tour Photos

* ->Photos 1 from the Moss/Wakefield/Black recording sessions

* ->Photos 1 from the Moss/Wakefield/Black recording sessions

* ->Photos 2 from the Moss/Wakefield/Blackrecording sessions

* ->Photos 3 from the Freight & Salvage Show with Peter Rowan & David Nelson

* ->Photos 4 Out Front at the Freight Show


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A Must Read! 
 


Photo by Tom Tworek

An Interview With Frank Wakefield:1-20-98
The now famous: 
"Frank Improves His Lloyd Loar"interview.
(Interviewed by Jim Moss )


 * Also, see the New Bean Blossom page link below
find out about the 1973 festival.

 View Pictures of the 1973 Bean Blossom Festival
 

CHECK IT OUT!

VIEW FRANK WAKEFIELD'S GRAMMY NOMINATION

A few photos from Bean Blossom, June 1999.
The Frank Wakefield Band At Bean Blossom

 Frank Wakefield (46min) Radio Show No 1

 The Frank Wakefield Band Y2K (Feb 2000) Tour Photos

   

MOVING ON

I want to thank all of our friends and fans for your support during the time period of November 1997 to May 2007 in which I managed the Frank Wakefield Band as well as put the bands together. Things have been changing and I think it is a good time for me to move on to my new projects. I look forward to finishing the 2 or 3 CD projects that I recorded with Frank as well as a major video documentary project and one last Ultra Clear Lesson DVD. These are large projects that I started, but have not had the time to complete until now. They will be available from the www.Candlewater.com and this web site when they are done, just as the current CDs and DVDs are now. Both web sites will continue to be updated.

It was great to play music with Frank and I have many fond memories of our adventures. I have learned a lot from Frank Wakefield, our collaboration brought out my vocal talents. It was in 1997 that I hired Frank Wakefield for the mandolin part on my "Sleeping Lady" CD. I was looking for someone who would not clash with Bob Black, a melodic banjo player. I felt Frank Wakefield, would create a more textured sound, as did Jesse McReynolds on Tanyards, and not stick strictly to the melody.

At the end of those sessions both Frank and I realized that we were having a lot of fun. I proposed that I put a band together and soon after we started touring, or as he put it I "brought him out of retirement". The rest is history and is documented throughout this web site and in the Adventures in Bluegrass movies that I stream from this web site. I first worked with Frank Wakefield in 1976, but lost touch with him in the early 1980s. Things have been interesting and fun over these last ten years. We have had quite a run and I am very proud of our many accomplishments. That said, 1997 to 2007 is ten years and a long time for a continuous musical association. There are new projects and musical combinations for all of us to explore. I feel good that I have accomplished what I set out to do way back in 1997 which was to bring Frank back out on tour with a band that could play his own compositions. Having done that, Frank Wakefield and I have both decided we want to pursue our own solo careers at this point in time.

I am especially thankful to the musicians who worked with me to put The Frank Wakefield Band on the road. These musicians gave a lot and did a great job. They deserve real recognition for their contributions. I also want to express my thanks to our inner circle of friends and fans throughout the world who really worked hard and gave of themselves to make these musical adventures happen. You know who you are and we are forever in your debt.

Now it is on to the next projects, both recording and performance.
Jim Moss 

Bluegrass Fiddler, Producer, Manager, Videographer 

May 22, 2007

  

  

 2007 May "West Coast" Tour line-up:
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Frank Wakefield:  Mandolin HMIC
Jim Moss:  Fiddle
Jim Lewin: Guitar

2006 May "Harriman, TN" Tour line-up:
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Frank Wakefield:  Mandolin HMIC
Jim Moss:  Fiddle
Jim Lewin: Guitar

 2006 March "West Coast" Tour line-up:
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Frank Wakefield:  Mandolin HMIC
Jim Moss:  Fiddle
Jim Lewin: Guitar

2005 November "EC" Tour line-up:
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Frank Wakefield:  Mandolin HMIC
Jim Moss:  Fiddle
Jim Lewin: Guitar
Nick Barr:  Bass (1 show)

2005 July "EC" Tour line-up:
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Frank Wakefield:  Mandolin HMIC
Jim Moss:  Fiddle
Jim Lewin: Guitar
Nick Barr:  Bass (2 shows)

2005 February "Go West" Tour line-up:
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Frank Wakefield:  Mandolin HMIC
Jim Moss:  Fiddle
Jim Lewin: Guitar
to be announced: 

2004 November "Go East" Tour line-up:
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Frank Wakefield:  Mandolin HMIC
Jim Moss:  Fiddle
Jim Lewin: Guitar
Joshua Hoag, Nick Barr: Bass 

2004 Wolf Mountain Bluegrass Festival line-up:
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Frank Wakefield:  Mandolin HMIC
Jim Moss:  Fiddle
Jim Lewin: Guitar
David Guarente: Banjo
Jeff Harris:  Bass

2004 European Tour Sweden Leg line-up:
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Frank Wakefield:  Mandolin HMIC
Jim Moss:  Fiddle
Jim Lewin:  Guitar

2004 European Tour UK Leg line-up:
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Frank Wakefield:  Mandolin HMIC
Jim Moss:  Fiddle
Jim Lewin:  Guitar
John Sheldon:  Banjo
Jackie Sheldon:  Bass

2004 February Tour line-up:
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Frank Wakefield:  Mandolin HMIC
Jim Moss:  Fiddle
Jm Lewin:  Guitar
Curtis Wright:  Banjo

2004 January Tour line-up:
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Frank Wakefield:  Mandolin HMIC
Jim Moss:  Fiddle
Jim Lewin:  Guitar
David Bragman:  Banjo

2003 July Tour line-up:
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Frank Wakefield:  Mandolin HMIC
Jim Moss:  Fiddle
Jim Lewin:  Guitar
Jason Lampel:  Banjo

2003 March MN Tour line-up:
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Frank Wakefield:  Mandolin HMIC
Jim Moss:  Fiddle
Jim Lewin:  Guitar
Graham Murphy:  Banjo

2003 February Tour line-up:
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Frank Wakefield:  Mandolin HMIC
Jim Moss:  Fiddle
Jeff Harris:  Guitar
Graham Murphy:  Banjo

2002 November midwest Tour line-up:
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Frank Wakefield:  Mandolin HMIC
Jim Moss:  Fiddle
Jeff Harris:  Guitar
Dave Russell:  Banjo
Keith Cady:  Bass

2002 February Tour line-up:
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Frank Wakefield:  Mandolin HMIC
Jim Moss:  Fiddle
Jeff Harris:  Guitar
Graham Murphy:  Banjo
Unconfirmed:  Bass

2001 Tour line-up:
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Frank Wakefield:  Mandolin HMIC
Jim Moss:  Fiddle
Jeff Harris:  Guitar
Graham Murphy:  Banjo
Unconfirmed:  Bass

2000 California Y2K Tour line-up:
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Frank Wakefield:  Mandolin HMIC
David Nelson:  Guitar
Jim Moss:  Fiddle
Graham Murphy:  Banjo
Steve Swan:  Bass

Bean Blossom 1999 line-up:
Frank Wakefield:  Mandolin HMIC
Jim Moss:  Fiddle
Joe Deetz:  Banjo
David Dillon:  Guitar
Tom Tworek:  Bass

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1998 California Tour line-up:
Frank Wakefield:  Mandolin HMIC
David Nelson:  Guitar
Jim Moss:  Fiddle
Marty Cutler:  Banjo
Steve Swan:  Bass

Guests: David Grisman, David Nelson

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1997 California Tour line-up:
Frank Wakefield:  Mandolin HMIC
Paul Sqyres:  Guitar
Jim Moss:  Fiddle
Bob Black:  Banjo
Bill Amatneek :  Bass

Guests: David Nelson, Peter Rowan 

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