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Dan Young and Lawson Rollins met in a flamenco guitar shop in Washington, D.C., in 1998 and immediately began collaborating on music that drew heavily on flamenco traditions but also salsa, blues, Latin jazz, classical, and reggae. They began playing in public just a few months later and amassed a following almost immediately. They decided to record a CD and within one week of finishing it, they attracted the attention of new flamenco label Baja/TSR Records. In the spring of 2000, they signed with the label and released their debut album, Salsa Flamenca, later that summer. The album entered the Top 25 Billboard new age chart by the fall. Their follow-up album, Sevilla, was released in November 2001. Four years later Esperanza came out, and 2006 the duo issued their fourth studio record, Mosaic.
Young & Rollins is a guitar duo, consisting of Daniel Young and Lawson Rollins, that performs and records original music which draws upon an eclectic mixture of salsa music, Latin jazz, blues, samba, bossa nova, flamenco, and classical styles. Their music can be broadly described as a melding of Nuevo Flamenco, World Music, and Latin Music genres. Daniel Young and Lawson Rollins began collaborating after meeting in Washington, D.C. in 1998. They came from different musical backgrounds - Rollins started out as a classically trained guitarist before moving into Latin American and flamenco guitar styles, while Young holds a degree in jazz from The New School in New York City.
Their debut recording, Salsa Flamenca, on TSR Records, entered the Billboard top 25 new age chart shortly after its release in 2000. Their follow-up album, Sevilla, was released in 2001.
A half-hour concert of music from Salsa Flamenca was recorded by MHz Networks and broadcast on national television throughout 2001-2005.
In 2005, Young & Rollins joined with Bolero Records and released Esperanza. Their follow-up, Mosaic, was released in 2006.
The music of Young & Rollins appears on a growing list of compilation albums, including Guitar Greats: The Best of New Flamenco, featuring music by Young & Rollins, Ottmar Liebert, Strunz & Farah, Armik, Oscar Lopez, Govi, Shahin & Sepehr, Lara & Reyes, and Jesse Cook. Other compilation titles include: Tabu: Mondo Flamenco, Bolero Gypsies: New Flamenco, Volume 1, and Caravan.
The Young & Rollins Quintet has performed at several international venues and festivals since the group's inception, including the Perth International Arts Festival in Australia, the New Zealand International Arts Festival, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., the Utah Arts Festival, the Salisbury Festival in England, and the Sydney Opera House.