East, West: The Resophonic Artistry of Billy Cardine

Billy Cardine's artistry on the slide is best experienced by clicking here; or here; or here. These songs are Billy_cardine1 from his solo album Organically Grown. At the time of the recording he was living in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, playing a lot of bluegrass and old-time music.

"The title," Cardine explains, "came from the rubber band that I was using at the time to help me hold on to the slide. I always got the rubber band from broccoli, always bought organic produce…I also thought the title gave a nod to the spirit of the project, being that it's a lot of original material, and was produced in a very organic way (philosophically, anyways). I built a solar panel powered laptop recording system that fit in my hiking pack and used it quite a bit on this project."

Cardine, who studies with India's legendary slide guitarist Debashish Bhattacharya, combines both eastern and western influences in his playing. He currently tours with the Biscuit Burners, the widely popular up-and-coming bluegrass band.