“Last Call at Hawley-Cooke” represents the first CD offering from the Louisville Mandolin Orchestra since their highly successful “Mandoscapes” in 2000. It is also their first recording under the direction of Bob Elkins.
The title cut is a reminiscence of the Hawley-Cooke Booksellers, popular local independent bookstores which opened in the late 1970s (now operated by Borders).
Joining the LMO on this recording is John Goodin, well-known composer, musician and MandolinCafe correspondent. He was an original member of the LMO, and now lives in Iowa where he is an Associate Professor at Luther College. John wrote two of the included pieces: the eponymous “Last Call at Hawley-Cooke” (dedicated to the LMO in recognition of their 20th anniversary in 2008) and as a bonus track, a revisit to “Shakertown” from his suite celebrating the 19th century Utopian movement, first recorded by the LMO in 2000.
released October 31, 2009
LMO conductor Bob Elkins is a native Appalachian, with family roots in the mountains of eastern Kentucky and West Virginia. He is a graduate of Berea College, and has worked in music education all of his professional life. A resident of Frankfort, Kentucky, Bob has served as music director for several regional outdoor stage presentations, and has published a novel The Conversion of Big Jim Cane, and a short story collection Watchin’ the Bluegrass Grow.