Review: Jayme Stone's Lomax Project

Jayme Stone’s latest project is a big one: over the course of 19 tracks he pays tribute to song collector and musicologist Alan Lomax, who would have been 100 this year. Lomax has had more influence on folk and roots music than most of us know, and then some. Stone has gathered a fantastic group of musicians to survey all the corners of the musical world that, at one time or another, attracted Lomax’s attention, from the hollows of Appalachia to the Caribbean.

Lonely Heartstring Band House Concert - Sunday Afternoon

Where: 42 Haggerty Hill Lane, Rhinebeck, NY
When: Sunday, March 8
Time: 3-5pm
Tickets:     $12/Members - $15/Non-Members

Here we go again!

This is the third concert by this fabulous, talented, energetic, and youthful bluegrass band in a very short time.

Why? Well, each concert has sold out and the people who attended asked for more, more, more.

With their first CD recording now behind them, The Lonely Heartstring Band is ready to bring their new music to you. Please be advised that this venue is limited. There are only 60 seats available and it will sell out quickly. So don't wait to purchase your tickets.

Review: The Mid-North - Tales From A Mountain

So, do you have a favorite bluegrass band from Australia yet? If you don't even know that Australia has bluegrass/Americana bands, you owe it to yourself to check out The Mid North and see what you're missing!

The Mid-North has just released their sophomore album Tales From A Mountain, which continues in the same rich vein of bluegrass/Americana as their debut album You Were Right About The Stars. Hey, when you have a good thing going you don't give it up, and given the breadth of The Mid North's "good thing" from bluegrass, folk, Americana, and gospel (along with a touch of jug band) they aren't about to run out of material anytime too soon.

Review: The Gibson Brothers - Brotherhood

Bluegrass music wouldn’t be bluegrass music without the brother duet. From the earliest days of country music on, the tight, intuitive harmonies that seemed to come naturally to so many boys with a stringed instrument and a sibling became the sound that defined the genre and the one that subsequent generations of musicians would try to emulate, whether they were related to each other or not.

Review: The Tao of Bluegrass: A Portrait of Peter Rowan

If you are a glass-is-half-empty kind of person, then this new documentary of Peter Rowan, titled The Tao of Bluegrass: A Portrait of Peter Rowan, will look like a a half-empty glass. The photography and sound are at times a bit south of polished, the lighting of some of the shots—such as the interview segments with Ricky Skaggs—could and should be considerably better. The edits are sometimes awkward, incongruous, or jarring. In terms of content, you’ll probably long for a bit more substance, too. The interview clips from Alison Krauss, Laurie Lewis, Jerry Douglas don’t really engage with the music, rather they come off like book jacket blurbs: “he’s really interesting, he’s really great.” As a film, I’m fairly certain that this one isn’t going to be winning any Oscars.

Showcase: Jim Gaudet & The Railroad Boys

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Tickets available only at the door!
When: Friday, February 27 @ 7:30pm
Open Jam - 6:30pm
Where: Christ Episcopal Church - 20 Carroll Street, Poughkeepsie
Adults: $15
Students: $5
Children Under 12: Free

Jim Gaudet and the Railroad Boys have played four International Bluegrass Music Association events for last year: Wintergrass (WA); Joe Val (MA); Podunk (CT) and Grey Fox (NY); and was selected to fill a coveted spot in IBMA's Bluegrass Ramble in Raleigh, NC.

The band also recently answered an invitation to perform live on WAMU's Katy Daley Show in Washington, DC... arguably the most sought after radio show in the U.S. Their performance so impressed the NPR station's producers that it was chosen to be rebroadcast on the popular show, Editor's Picks.

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