Wednesday, 05 March 2014
Two years ago, HVBA ran a six-week class for Marist College’s Center for Lifetime Study on The Evolution of Bluegrass, which proved to be a smash hit. CLS is a continuing-education program for seniors, with courses ranging from Drawing and Painting to The History of Computing. It proved to be an excellent venue for the HVBA to help carry out its mission to inform others about bluegrass and to cultivate interest in the genre.
Tuesday, 04 March 2014
An enthusiastic group of HVBA faithful were warmed on a cold end-of-February night by the toe tapping rhythms and ear-pleasing harmonies of Jim Gaudet and the Railroad Boys, an Albany based quintet (minus one) playing mostly original music in the borderland of bluegrass, country and folk, a traditional Americana mix! The band consists of singer-songwriter-joke teller-guitarist Jim Gaudet, bassist Bobby Ristau, mandolin player Sten Isachsen and new member Scott Hopkins on banjo. Absent and on "maternity leave" pending the birth of a new baby was fiddler Mat Kane. The band warmed the crowd with a blend of upbeat tunes and warm humor, mixed with sweet vocal harmonies. The band has been together as a group since 2006 and have 4 CD's to their credit.
Saturday, 01 March 2014
Blowout celebration of our 20th Anniversary with The Gibson Brothers!!!!
|When:||Saturday, April 26, 2014|
|Where:||Christ Church - 20 Carroll Street, Poughkeepsie|
|Member Tickets:||Early Bird Special: $20|
|Non-Member Tickets:||Early Bird Special: $25|
This Gibson Brothers are an unstoppable force in the Bluegrass World! In 2013, the IBMA (voted by their peers) acknowledged them as the BEST for their excellence in the following categories:
Instrumental Group Of The Year
Vocal Group of The Year
Song Of The Year
Songwriter Of The Year (Eric Gibson)
Early Bird Tickets Available Now! Sale Ends April 1
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These were definitely not their first wins at the IBMA Award Ceremony. In 2012, they were named Entertainer Of The Year and Gospel Recorded Performance of The Year. In 2011, they won for Vocal Group of The Year and Album of the Year. And in 2010 they won for Song of the Year!
Tuesday, 25 February 2014
About a year ago, a tribute album to John Denver was released which was in a word, awful. I reviewed it for KDHX radio, which was kind of fun, actually, given that you rarely get the chance to review something that offers itself up so completely to unequivocal derision. I know that it’s not cool to quote yourself, but here’s a bit of what I had to say about The Music In You: A Tribute to John Denver, illustrating a point that I’d like to revisit here:
Tuesday, 25 February 2014
What makes a good song? Wouldn’t we all love to know, though to some extent we do. At the very least, though it might sound crass, it’s got a hook, three verses and a chorus. Melody is important, though so many great songs don’t have one. Of course, lots of songs lack one or more of those things. For some reason people think that “The Wreck of the Edmond Fitzgerald” is a good song, though it breaks all the rules that I’ve just stated. (And, honestly, I think the song is deadly, and it pains me that it is often the one Gordon Lightfoot song that people can name.)
Sunday, 23 February 2014
While I enjoy most any bluegrass, if you were to browse my music collection you'd find it leaning heavily towards newgrass.
But there are times when you walk up to the jukebox (do they even exist anymore?!) and you just need to hear something with roots... it doesn't have to be OLD, after all good music is timeless, but "roots" can be a little harder to come by. This is bluegrass with mountain twang in vocals, driving banjo riffs, sweet mandolin breaks - you'll only need to add a porch on a mountain cabin to complete the setting. Yes, I guess maybe that describes "roots."