DANNY ROBERTS, “Nighthawk,” Mountain Home. 13 tracks.

It might seem strange, but the mandolin wasn’t Danny Roberts‘ first instrument.

His biography says the Leitchfield, Ky., native started playing guitar at age 13 and mandolin when he was 20.

But the mandolin is the instrument that made Roberts’ name in bluegrass as a member of New Tradition, Dolly Parton‘s band and The Grascals.

“Nighthawk,” his second solo album, hits streets on May 20.

It’s a blend of bluegrass, swing and newgrass — including 10 instrumentals written by Roberts.

His wife, Andrea, a former member of Petticoat Junction and Special Consensus, adds vocals to the gospel number, “I Went Down A Beggar (But I Came Up A Millionaire)” and his 12-year-old daughter, Jaelee Roberts, makes her debut singing, “Oh, Atlanta,” (a Bad Company song covered in bluegrass by Alison Krauss) and the gospel classic “How Great Thou Art.”

Expect to hear more from her in the future.

Also joining Roberts on the album are Kristin Scott Benson, Tim Surrett, Adam Haynes, Ronnie McCoury, Sam Bush, Jimmy Mattingly, Tony Wray, Mike Compton, Paul Harrigill and Dominic Illingworth.

Can’t find it in stores? Try Crossroadsmusic.com.

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