Review: Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers - Another Day From Life

Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers’ latest CD is their best one yet – and I loved the others. If you haven’t already, do yourself a favor and give this CD (which was released this past fall) a listen. I have come to expect strong singing and beautiful melodies and harmonies from this band. This CD has all that and more. The instruments (the fiddle and mandolin in particular) are themselves like voices - without words - as they subtly thread their way in, out and around the melodies. This is not a new technique, but I have never heard the Radio Ramblers execute it with such feeling and style. The dynamics are spectacular!

Spotlight on Peter Conklin - HVBA Vice President

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I finally had a chance to sit down with HVBA Vice President, consummate musician, bandmate and all around great guy, Pete Conklin, to chat about what music means to him. It’s not easy finding Pete without an instrument in his hand. But our talk was enlightening and I’d like to share that with HVBA members.
By Jeffrey Anzevino, HVBA Founder

JA: Pete, I’ve never conducted an interviewed before.

PC: And I’ve never been interviewed.

Good we’re in tune. Pete, I think of you as Mr. Music. Music seems to be—almost, your life.

Well thanks, Jeff.

What does music mean to you?

Well, obviously a lot since it seems as if I’m either playing music or listening to it all the time. Althought it’s funny, I hardly ever listen to the radio anymore. No pop stuff, that’s for sure.

What instruments do you play?

Time Change for Open Jams

Beginning February 18, the jams at The Manor at Woodside will begin at 6:30pm.

CornFed Dogs: January Showcase

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

It's all about that vocal, 'bout that vocal....which are high priority in this band! You will hear some of the best harmony in bluegrass today! Obscure, original, and classic bluegrass and country songs are done with heartfelt conviction and sometimes...even tears!! If you like straight ahead "high powered" bluegrass...and deep country, then you're not gonna wanna miss this show!

Review: Donna Hughes - From the Heart

Donna Hughes, whose unstrained, contented voice has long appealed to me, has recently released an album, From the Heart, which shows her heart is also perfectly unstrained and contented. If you love bluegrass for its bitter stories or strained harmonies, this album is not for you. This is a long-playing view of contentment and ease.

She is joined on this album by Scott Vestal, Tim Stafford, Zak McLamb, Rob Ickes, Jenee Fleenor, Cory Piatt, Emily Hatley, Lucas White, Greg Luck, Jason Burleson and John Catchings. Andy Kearns is the auctioneer on “Gone.”

2014 - A Year's End Review

It’s hard to believe another year has passed so quickly! As the year kicks off, it’s time to take stock of 2014 before looking ahead to where we’re going in 2015. It’s easy to forget everything we’ve accomplished in the past year, but when you summarize 2014 in one post, it turns out to be a whole lot.

So here we go, HVBA’s 2014 Year in Review:

The year 2014 was a major milestone for the HVBA as it marked our 20th Anniversary as an organization. The HVBA is chartered as a 501(c)3 not-for-profit arts and educational organization and our mission has always been to educate the public about Bluegrass music and to provide musicians opportunities to meet with one another and share their love of Bluegrass music.

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