Published on Friday, 24 October 2014
There are some performers who have a physicality that, even when we can’t see them, is present there in our minds. Mary Travers flicking her hair, Sam Bush pumping his head forward and back, John Cowan flicking his head manically with the beat. It’s not always a good thing, as one of the comments on a performance by the Milk Carton Kids for NPR online proves “ Kenneth looks like he's balancing on a basketball.” And, indeed, he does.
Published on Tuesday, 21 October 2014
Junior Sisk’s latest release Trouble Follows Me is solid. The singing, picking, production and song selection is all there. For starters, it doesn’t hurt that Junior Sisk could probably sing the phone book and it would sound good. He just has an honest, classic bluegrass delivery that explains why he was named 2013 Male Vocalist of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association and 2013 SPBGMA Male Vocalist of the Year (Contemporary). He has surrounded himself with a top notch band including Jason Tomlin on bass and vocals; Jonathan Dillon on mandolin and vocals; Billy Hawks on fiddle and vocals; and Jason Davis on banjo.
Published on Friday, 10 October 2014
An excellent album by the former lead singer for Shenandoah.
Marty Raybon has assembled a talented group of musicians to support him in an enjoyable mix of bluegrass classics with crossover songs from other genres. Consisting of a mix of familiar songs as well as new ones, Marty’s unique and distinctive voice and passion for singing are evident in each of the songs.
Published on Thursday, 02 October 2014
We spotted these tee shirts "in the wild."
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Published on Monday, 29 September 2014
Bob Snider is a musician you’ve never heard of, though nevertheless he has spent his life in music, playing in the streets of Toronto and in folk clubs across Canada. He’s also written two books on performing and songwriting, and they draw from his long experience reaching audiences. There is a lot of wisdom in those books—since he’s never gained fame, he always has to work hard to gain and keep the ear of an audience.
Published on Saturday, 27 September 2014
The HVBA is ecstatic to be presenting one of the most entertaining and talented bluegrass bands in the country. The much beloved Dry Branch Fire Squad is coming to Poughkeepsie for our annual Fall Concert.
In thirty-five years of music making, Rounder recording artists, Dry Branch Fire Squad, have become an institution in American acoustic music. Inspired by a fierce and uncompromising loyalty to the most traditional aspects of bluegrass, old time and southern gospel music, Dry Branch Fire Squad is fueled by the musical vision and cultural commentary of Ron Thomason. Unlike most bluegrass groups, Dry Branch Fire Squad sells neither itself, its members, nor even particular bluegrass songs. What it markets are the emotions which stimulated the creation of bluegrass and mountain music as well as a taste of the culture in which this music evolved.
A native of southwest Virginia, Thomason founded the Dry Branch Fire Squad in 1976. To date, the band has recorded over twenty-three projects and performed at the most prestigious acoustic music venues and festivals in North America. Most bluegrass observers agree that Dry Branch’s current line-up is one of its strongest ever: in addition to Ron Thomason on mandolin, guitar and lead vocals; other group members are Brian Aldridge on guitar, mandolin and harmony vocals; Tom Boyd on banjo, Dobro and harmony vocals; and Danny Russell on bass and harmony vocals.