The footage was recorded on May 26 by Fleck’s wife, fellow banjo picker Abigail Washburn, during rehearsals held in the carport of Fleck’s “sound guy/tour manager/friend.” The video finds Fleck joined by several musicians who contributed to My Bluegrass Heart, including mandolinist Sierra Hull, fiddler Michael Cleveland and guitarist Bryan Sutton, along with multi-instrumentalist Justin Moses and bassist Mark Schatz. That group is soon set to embark on a tour in support of the album.
The album version of “Round Rock” features Cleveland, dobro player Jerry Douglas, mandolinist Dominick Leslie, guitarist Cody Kilby and bassist Paul Kowert. Fleck described “Round Rock,” telling The Bluegrass Situation:
“I’ve been saving this tune for a long time, looking for the right band to play it — but nothing seemed right ’til this project. Then it seemed real right! I think it’s at least 20 years old, but I certainly spruced it up as the recording dates loomed closer, writing a pair of bridges — and at the last minute, the night before the session — an intro and outro sequence with apologies to Ravel and Debussy. The title references the circular chord progressions, and with these two bands, it rocks!”
Watch Fleck lead a performance of “Round Rock” below: