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Bela Fleck & Chris Thile set for Charleston Music Hall / Charleston City Paper

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When banjoist Béla Fleck first met Chris Thile at Merlefest in the mid-'90s, he wasn't overly impressed. At the time, Thile was a pudgy early-teen, already lauded as a hotshot but still lacking the style and flair that have since made him one of the world's foremost mandolinists. "He sounded great, but he was very straight," says Fleck, recalling Thile's ability to reel off classic fiddle tunes as a youngster. "I've never been good at checking out young players and going, 'Oh, they're going to be the next major cat.' But what Chris has grown into is really something inspiring and amazing."  The duo are set to play the Charleston Music Hall on Tue., May 23.       PHOTO: Devin Pedde

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