Flying Dogs release debut CD | AspenTimes.com

Flying Dogs release debut CD

Stewart Oksenhorn

The bluegrass hounds who show up to see the local Flying Dog Bluegrass Band at the Howling Wolf tonight will get to feast on more than great bluegrass music and bad bluegrass jokes.

After years of waiting, the Flying Dogs – Sandy Munro, Steve Johnson, Randy Utterback and Cash Cashman – have released their debut CD, “A Step Away,” and will have copies for sale at tonight’s gig. The disc features five original tunes – one each by Munro and Utterback, and three by Johnson, including the CD-opening title track. Along with the original tunes are versions of bluegrass standards such as “How Mountain Girls Can Love,” the Irish-derived “Paddy Fahy’s Jig” and Darrell Scott’s sorrowful mining tune, “You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive.” All four of the Flying Dogs take their turns on lead vocals.

Adding fiddle and guitar to the all-acoustic CD is Paul Hill, an original member of the Flying Dogs who left Aspen last year to move to Nashville. Local musician Jamie Rosenberg, who mixed and engineered “A Step Away,” adds lead guitar to “Paddy Fahy’s Jig.”

The album is dedicated to Charles Sawtelle, a member of Colorado bluegrass band Hot Rize who passed away earlier this year.


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