Across Time - Album of the Years Project
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  • Laurence Baer - Songwriter / CD Producer
  • Laurence Baer's song “White Pass Railroad” was included in the Del McCoury Band’s Grammy-Nominated “Family Circle” CD.
  • Justin’s voice has been frequently compared to that of the late great Jim Croce.   A talented songwriter in his own right, Justin has been lately turning heads in Nashville.  For the sake of clarity and ease of listening – all the harmonies are also sung by Justin.   The result is a smooth and rich vocal which captures the spirit and heart of each song, making listening a pleasure rather than a task.
  • “Across Time” grew out of the friendship and collaboration between Laurence Baer and the internationally acclaimed guitar duo Loren and Mark.  Loren Barrigar was the youngest instrumentalist ever to play on the stages of the Grand Ole Opry (in 1968 when he was 6 years old) and he went on to study with Chet Atkins’ brother, Jimmy Atkins.  Mark Mazengarb is an extremely versatile and brilliant guitarist from New Zealand, equally comfortable in classical, jazz, folk, and bluegrass styles.  They won the 2013 International Acoustic Music Competition for instrumentalists.   They are regular headliners at the Chet Atkins Fest in Nashville.   They recently toured with the great Tommy Emmanuel.
  • Upper Left: Rob Ickes is widely considered the finest dobro player on the planet.   A founding member of “Blue Highway”, one of the most successful and respected contemporary blue grass bands, Rob has been named as the IBMA’s “Dobro Player of the Year” for 15 consecutive years. 'Nuff said.<br />
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Upper Center:  Shelby Eicher was Roy Clark’s fiddle player for 15 years, including 10 years on TV’s “Hee Haw”.   Shelby is currently the Director of Education at the Fiddler’s Hall of Fame. <br />
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Upper Right:  Isaac Eicher was the Walnut Valley National Mandolin Champion at the age of 16 (in ’06).  He also was also the Rockygrass, Colorado Mandolin Champion.  He is now touring with “Rebecca Frazier and Hit and Run”. <br />
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Lower Left:  Rickie Simpkins is one of the most respected fiddle players in Bluegrass.  He performed with Flatt and Scruggs at the age of 9.   A member of such great bands as “The Virginia Squires”,  “The Tony Rice Unit”, “The Lonesome River Band”, “The Isaacs”, and “Emmylou Harris and Her Red Dirt Boys”.   His CD “Dancing on the Fingerboard” was nominated for IBMA’s “Recording of the Year” award. <br />
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Lower Center:  Richard Smith is a virtuoso and former National Fingerpicking Champion who also has had a long history of collaboration with Chet Atkins and with Tommy Emmanuel.   Richard first performed with Chet Atkins at the age of 11.   He is a jaw dropping performer.<br />
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Lower Right:  Mike Munford tours with “Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen” and was named as IBMA’s 2013 “Banjo Player of the Year”.   “FS&DK” swept the awards at the Wammies (Washington Area Music Awards), and the band just received 4 new IBMA nominations.
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  • Members:
    Laurence Baer-Songwriter; Justin Pokrywka-Vocals; Loren Barrigar-Guitar & Bass; Mark Mazengarb-Guitar; Rob Ickes-Dobro; Mike Munford-Banjo; Shelby Eicher-Violin; Isaac Eicher-Mandolin; Richard Smith-Guitar; Rickie Simpkins-Violin & Viola
  • Sounds Like:
    Blue Highway; Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen; Loren and Mark; Brad Paisley; John Denver, Jim Croce; James Taylor; Jackson Browne, & Dan Fogelberg
  • Influences:
    Blue Highway; Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen; Brad Paisley; John Denver, Jackson Browne, Dan Fogelberg; Jim Croce; James Taylor; Ricky Skaggs; Loren and Mark; Tommy Emmanuel; Chesapeake; Gypsy Kings
  • AirPlay Direct Member Since:
    09/23/15
  • Profile Last Updated:
    06/08/18 11:42:25
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