Alan Munde

Decades: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s


4 November 1946, Norman, Oklahoma, USA. A virtuoso banjo player, Munde first made an impact on the traditional bluegrass scene in the late 60s. He worked for a while in a band led by guitarist Jimmy Martin and was also in demand for record sessions. His technical skills, allied to his deep knowledge of the form, drew the attention of the Los Angeles-based bluegrass band Country Gazette. When they lost Herb Pedersen, Munde replaced him and remained an important member of the band until its eventual dissolution in 1988. Along the way he appeared on their 1972 debut, Traitor In Our Midst. Munde also worked concurrently with another Los Angeles band, the Flying Burrito Brothers, visiting Europe with them in 1972.

Munde had meanwhile taken an interest in contemporary bluegrass, a form for which his exceptional technique was ideally suited. His own-name albums, three of which appeared on Ridge Runner Records, display these skills to their full and...

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