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Once upon a time, I learned a tune called Cumberland Gap from the playing of the great claw hammer banjo player Riley Baugus. It was unaccompanied banjo and without any other harmonic content for my ears to reference, I filled in some musical blanks that led my version down a different path. Some might say I learned it 'wrong.' In bluegrass, we have a Cumberland Gap, but it's different than the old-time version—which got me thinking about the origins of the tune. Much of our Appalachian music has Scots-Irish roots, so I took it there. Through this morphing, it's not really Cumberland Gap anymore, but that's how this began.

I originally recorded this on my first album, 3D. Part of the looping learning process for me was retrofitting previous material to this concept. Some worked some didn't. I think this did


from The Singularity, released October 22, 2013



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Casey Driessen

Casey Driessen is—like his music—inspired, unconventional and truly original. He has built a following as both solo artist and collaborator, touring the world with artists such as Béla Fleck (& the Flecktones), Steve Earle, Zac Brown Band, Darrell Scott, and Tim O'Brien. He is also a founding member of The Sparrow Quartet and never without a pair of red shoes. ... more

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