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Curtis McPeake & Natchez Express
Curtis McPeake & Natchez Express

Curtis McPeake, a veteran five string banjo player and recording artist, is originally from a small town of Scotts Hill in western Tennessee. Born in 1927, he spent his boyhood years on the farm. He first started getting into music at the age of six or seven. His father brought him his first guitar in 1936. In the forties he was playing steel guitar. Around 1950 during the Korean War is when he really switched over to playing the banjo full time. One of the first groups that Curtis started was "Curtis McPeake and the Rocky Valley Boys". It was around 1952 or 1953 when he first met Earl Scruggs, and even appeared on some of the "Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs" TV shows. Around 1955 Earl Scruggs had a misfortunate wreck, and Curtis was called to stand in for him with Lester Flatt. This was considered by Curtis to become one of his first big breaks into the music field. He continued on many occasions to fill in for Earl up until 1967-68 when Lester & Earl went through their break-up.

Curtis worked with Bill Monroe for about two years, during the time when Bill first went to Carnegie Hall, around 1960-61. After leaving Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys, he joined Wilma Lee & Stoney Cooper and worked through 1963 with them. After this stint Curtis signed on with WSM as a staff musician. This continued for several years. During 1969 Curtis met Danny Davis and was invited to join him with "Danny Davis and the Nashville Brass". He continued with Danny and the Brass up until 1987. Later he took charge of a group called the "Natchez Grass" which shortly changed its name to "Natchez Express".

Curtis has worked through out his career with several major artists. He obtained his first recording contract with ABC Paramount in 1961 and has recorded for several other companies throughout his career.

Curtis has also been involved with the music industry as a collector and dealer of fine vintage and new instruments, and continues this business today, as McPeake's Unique Instruments

CONTACT Curtis McPeake HERE:

McPeake's Unique Instruments
Guill Road, Route 6 Box 604
Mt. Juliet TN 37122 USA

Telephone (615)758.9673     Email Curtis McPeake

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