First Bluegrass Clogging Album in Decades Available Now: Rags, Reels, Breakups and Breakdowns

By June 27, 2016 June 28th, 2018 Clogging

Pinecastle Records is proud to announce a new release specifically produced for cloggers, square dancers and other American traditional dance, Rags Reels Breakups and Breakdowns. The album features nine 7-12 minute mashups hand picked from the label’s large library of acclaimed instrumental tracks. Producer Chip Futrell, faculty adviser of the North Carolina State University Wolfpack Clogging Team, felt there was a need for fresh material in the clogging world since no new material had been produced in decades.

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The album has already been utilized in several clogging competitions, garnering a very enthusiastic response from both dancers and competition organizers. Bill Nichols, the so called “Grandfather of Clogging” recently reviewed a copy saying, “The CD from Pinecastle records is an excellent product for the traditional clogger as well as for calling traditional square dances. I will use this CD in all my upcoming events. Thank you for all the hard work you did to make this project a reality.”

Futrell had this to say about the project: “For many years, clogging and square dancing have needed new, fresh instrumental bluegrass music for dancing. Chip FutrellIt has been years since any record company has released a collection of long-play bluegrass tracks. This music is needed not only for recreational dancers but also for competition. Pinecastle Records gave me the opportunity to “open their vaults” and review a vast collection of tracks that are the best instrumental mixes that have been released in years. The result is a collection of nine medleys/remixes that will be used by cloggers and square dancers around the world.”

Clogging kidsThe tracks have been re-mastered to accentuate the bass and rhythm to give the music the drive needed for dance competition. The Wolfpack Clogging Team debuted the first song from the album in competition on January 30, 2016 at the NC State Clogging Challenge with great success. Futrell remarked “This is the first time that I’ve heard our music on high-grade sound equipment like this in an auditorium and it’s awesome! I received very positive feedback.”

Chip Futrell is a life-long clogger who learned clogging while growing up in Denton, NC. He now resides in Wilson, NC and is the Director of Continuing and Professional Education at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC.