Mike Babyak's Triple Fret is an electric ensemble from Durham, North Carolina featuring Mike Babyak on lap steel and electric guitars, along with a rotating lineup of great instrumentalists, including E. Scott Warren on bass and Mike Rosado on percussion. Also look for special guests like Scott Sawyer, Will McFarlane, Steve Kimock, Danny Gotham, Leo Kishore, or Hank Smith.
Triple Fret's repertoire includes original material that stretches over a wide range of genres, including Afropop, Latin, jazz, blues, and rock. We also cover the occasional more familiar rock material, including pieces by Zappa, Hendrix, The Allman Brothers, and many more. Lap steel guitar is a central feature of the act, and live performances emphasize improvisation.
Triple Fret has been performing in the Triangle area for over ten years, appearing regularly at local clubs and regional festivals, and providing support for national touring acts. Venues have included Cat's Cradle, The Lincoln Theater, The Pour House Music Hall, The Broad Street Cafe, The Tavern, and many more.
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Been a great Fall's worth of shows and events so far! Wonderful set at The Carrboro Music Festival with special guests Danny Gotham and Jim Roberts, followed by a great show at The Pour House in Raleigh opening for two legends, Steve Kimock and Bernie Worrell. Steve sat in with us for most of our set, and I was honored to get to play for half a set with Bernie and Steve. I won't soon forget it!
And remember, our 2010 Album, Songs in Borrowed Time, is available now! Free copy for any who pledges to visit kiva.org and consider making a microloan to a worthy entrepreneur somewhere in the world. Just drop me a line with your address to firstname.lastname@example.org. Otherwise, you may purchase the CD or mp3s at CD Baby, Amazon, or Digstation.
Listen to the entire Songs in Borrowed Time album on youtube! Click here.
Album notes on production and background to songs can be found here.
Recent Press Highlights
Read the reviews of Songs in Borrowed Time :
"Four out of five stars for Songs in Borrowed Time"--James D. McCallister, Glide Magazine.
"...eclectic without sounding everything-but-the-kitchen-sinky, impressive without being grandstanding. In short, a class act that's fun."--Brian Robbins, Jambands.com.
"If you are a fan of lapsteel then this cd should be moved immediately to the top of your queue, as there is plenty of it all over this excellent recording." --Jon Sawyer, Random Groover Notes, 20 Best CDs of 2010.