I have had the pleasure of knowing Richard Ciferský and of his wonderful musicianship for some time now. We have performed together both in Europe and the United States. In every instance, I have always been amazed by not only his technique and skill on the banjo, but by his unbelievable attention to detail. The way he plays behind a vocalist in the most non-intrusive yet supportive way is truly special and his instrumental compositions are the perfect blend of straight ahead, driving bluegrass and brilliantly melodic, contemporary musical ideas. In every setting, Richard is equally adept and at home. He’s a naturally gifted musician who, while technically masterful, manages to play straight from the heart and emotionally charged in whatever musical vein he chooses. This new release shows all of the many facets of his talents. From the first strains to the final note it truly is a wonderful showcase of Richard’s many musical styles and strong points. Surrounded by an all-star cast of musicians, he proves that he doesn’t have to take a backseat to anyone and is most certainly a world-class talent. Of all the music he has recorded up to this point, this recording is, in my opinion, the most complete and comprehensive to date. It shows how he can flow so easily from one style to another while still managing to sound unique and distinctive. That in itself is the very definition of a true artist. I know without a doubt that this recording has something for everyone who loves acoustic music – no matter how varied your tastes. I ‘m so proud of the music that Richard has created here and even prouder to call him my friend.