Video Premiere: Jordan Tice – “Cats and Kitties”

October 2021

Jordan Tice (Hawktail, Haas Kowert Tice, Andrew Marlin) is, quite simply, one of our favorite acoustic guitarists performing today. Though we love hearing him break down the boundaries of bluegrass in ensembles, it’s his solo work that truly floors us. On his 2020 album Motivational Speakeasy, he somehow channeled the spirits of Mississippi John Hurt, John Hartford and Norman Blake into something totally fresh. It wasn’t a flatpicking or bluegrass record, per se … it was just great music.

Needless to say, we’re excited to let you know that the Nashville-based guitarist just completed a new instrumental EP, Yesteryears. It features Tice and a couple of vintage guitars he borrowed from Chris Eldridge (a 1930s Martin 00-28 and 000-18), along with some bass accompaniment from the Punch Brothers’ Paul Kowert. We’re proud to premiere this video featuring the EP’s opening tune, “Cats and Kitties,” just for our readers.

Learn more about the project over on Tice’s Bandcamp page.