WHO WILL FIND the music of Tony Trishka and Skyline more appealing -- fans of bluegrass, swinggrass, new acoustic music? Truth is, there's something to please just about everyone on "Stranded in the Moonlight," a vibrant sampling of the band's skills and repertoire.
In expanding its use and overcoming its limitations, Trishka is doing for the banjo what David Grisman did for the mandolin. Here, Trishka's dazzling inventions not only inspire the fingerbusters "Shiloh" and "Brady's Leap," but the arrangements and choice of material on the album also allow each member of the quintet to sparkle. The musical mood shifts from bittersweet country ballads ("'Til It Looks Like Love") to bluegrass gospel ("Man in the Middle") to acoustic swing ("Child's Play").
Trishka has also released a solo album, though it's hardly fair to call "A Robot Plane Flies Over Arkansas" a one-man show. Among those joining Trishka on this daring and beautifully crafted excursion into new acoustic music are Skyline, fiddler Matt Glaser, guitarist Russ Barenberg, plus Grisman and several of his frequent collaborators.
TONY TRISHKA -- and Skyline, "Stranded in the Moonlight" (Flying Fish 304).
TONY TRISHKA -- "A Robot Flies Over Arkansas" (Rounder 0171); Trishka and Skyline appear at The Barns of Wolf Trap this Friday at 8.