When I first got blown away by bluegrass music, I do recall running across Dan Crary’s name here and there, but somehow it all got lost after discovering Tony Rice’s astonishing work with the first David Grisman Quintet. And so it took a number of years for me to circle back around to Crary as a composer.
Mistake. Dan Crary is a monster and has been for a long time. When I first started to set up a Pandora station for “work”, Crary was the first seed, and that has turned out to be an inspired choice.
I don’t remember finding a live clip of him playing “Lady’s Fancy” the first time I looked for one, but fortunately, there is at least one!