He classic sounds of mandolin, guitar and mandocello form the core of the Nashville Mandolin Trio, whose dedication to acoustic music is rivaled only by it's constant exploration of musical Americana. In performance, mandolin stylist Butch Baldassari, along with versatile guitarist Gene Ford and eclectic mandocellist John Hedgecoth, presents authentic renditions of old-time dance melodies, swing classics and bluegrass tunes, as well as original compositions. The trio has performed at Atlanta's Mando-Mania Festival, Nashville's Blair School of Music, the Itinerari Folk Estate Festival in Trento, Italy and Billy Block's Western Beat Barndance. Television appearances include the PBS Production 'Blair Recital Hall' and 'A Down Home Country Christmas' on TBN. Their recent CD 'American Portraits' was released in the spring of 1999.