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Tyler Grant & Robin Kessinger release flatpicking bluegrass guitar duet album

TYLER GRANT & ROBIN KESSINGER
Kanawha County Flatpicking
August 24, 2018

Tyler Grant and Robin Kessinger are two champion flatpicking guitarists, renowned for their skill on their instruments and intuition into the deepest pools of American roots music. They’re also fast friends, with a kind of ersatz father-son relationship. On their new album, Kanawha County Flatpicking, you can hear their virtuosity, but also their friendship, as they crack jokes and chat after takes. This is informal back-porch picking, the kind of super jam you might find at the campground of a major bluegrass fest after hours. They’re exploring the Appalachian heritage that Robin’s family is known for, but they’re also just playing their favorite tunes and songs together in a welcoming, informal session.

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TYLER GRANT:
National Flatpicking Champion Tyler Grant is an internationally recognized guitar virtuoso, songwriter, vocalist, producer and leader of the band Grant Farm®. Tyler has appeared at most major US festivals and performed thousands of concerts and guitar workshops worldwide. He was an original member of the Emmitt-Nershi Band and a sideman for Abigail Washburn, April Verch and Adrienne Young. He has produced four solo albums and four releases by Grant Farm for his own Grant Central Records.

ROBIN KESSINGER:
A native-born living West Virginia flat pick guitar legend, Robin Kessinger keeps a busy schedule, teaching both beginner and advanced guitar students, and still finds time for memorable concerts, workshops and contests. Robin headlines many festivals and judges up-and-coming flat-pick artists in contests around the country. He has appeared on PBS and BBC television specials and NPR radio shows. He has been an instructor at the Augusta since 1983. Robin lists his influences as “everything I listen to”; his father, Bob; and his great uncle, legendary Appalachian fiddler Clark Kessinger.

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