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The first time Sam Bush heard Akira Otsuka and his friends in the Japanese band the Bluegrass 45, he remembers a band that was well rooted in bluegrass traditions but not afraid to push the boundaries. Bush particularly remembers a version of Dave Brubeck’s Take 5. Though that was more than 40 years ago, Akira is still pushing the envelope, as he demonstrates time and again in his first solo project, First Tear. -- David Morris

 

Akira's "First Tear" CD is available at iTunes, Amazon, CDBaby, Patuxent Music and other online stores.

First Tear

I have been listening to your ‘First Tear’ all day, it is a wonderful record -- Tommy Ramone (Ramones)

This CD is very well recorded. I like it. -- Junior Marvin (guitarist - Bob Marley’s Wailers

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