Bluegrass Art: Painting & Music- "Mountain Souls"

    "Mountain Souls" Oil on Canvas 72x72” diptych by Marsha Hammel. Private Collection, Asheville, NC.

 

"Mountain Souls" Oil on Canvas 72x72” diptych by Marsha Hammel. Private Collection, Asheville, NC.

When Tom Godleski, leader of the bluegrass band, Buncombe Turnpike, asked if I would be interested in creating art for the bands' newest CD, I was delighted to say YES!

As the band rehearsed in Tom's handmade barn near West Asheville, I made drawings of the musicians with their guitars, mandolin, fiddle and stand-up bass. The original music that Buncombe Turnpike is known for is true to the traditions of bluegrass yet the lyrics are timely and contemporary; a perfect example of the RetroForward concept (see the above entry on Jazz: Music and Painting).

The resulting painting, a two-panel (diptych) whose title, "Mountain Souls" was named by ten year old Grayson Hackett, has been one of my most enjoyable collaborations to date.