CD Review: The Boys In Hats And Ties by Big Country Bluegrass

Bluegrass music has come a long way since Bill Monroe and his brothers decided to form a band. Today we’re presented with an abundance of artists who cite Bluegrass and its pioneers as influences without necessarily having much in common with, for example, the early Blue Grass Boys sound. It follows, then, that the bands Bluegrass aficionados often revere the most, are those considered ‘authentic’ and calling a band’s sound ‘traditional’ is high praise indeed. Big Country Bluegrass strive for, and often attain, this sound on their latest album The Boys In Hats And Ties.

November 20th - The Josh Williams Band


When: Saturday, November 20, 2010 at 7:30 PM
Where: Temple Beth El - 118 Grand Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY
Tickets: $15/members $20/non-members, Children under 12/Free

On October 30th, in the recently-restored Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Josh Williams was named Guitar Player of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association—for the third consecutive year. In addition, the IBMA gave the Josh Williams Band its Emerging Artist of the Year award. On November 20th (which happens to be his thirtieth birthday), he will perform at Temple Beth El in Poughkeepsie in a concert sponsored by the Hudson Valley Bluegrass Association. 

CD Review: Spokesman by Jonah Bruno

A scion of an upstate New York musical family with a deep love for bluegrass, banjo phenom Jonah Bruno just released a strong collection of original songs called Spokesman.  The title stumped me until I did a little research and learned that Jonah’s day job is spokesman for the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office.
Makes sense: what better way to deal with a presumably heavy workload and highly stressful job than making music?  And if the result is an album of bluegrass songs that tell true-crime stories, tales about bad cops working mean streets, and laments about the hard realities of urban living…well, that’d make for a good listen, now wouldn’t it?

CD Review: Homecoming: The Bluegrass Album by Joe Diffie

Joe Diffie is remembered as a country artist with hits such as “Prop Me Up Beside The Jukebox,” “John Deere Green,” “Honky Tonk Attitude” and his first hit in 1990, the Americana song, “Home.” Joe Diffie’s twelve #1’s, twenty top 10’s and four gold and platinum albums establish him as a prolific hit maker. Before his country hit streak, Joe toured bluegrass venues with his band Special Edition

Important Jam Announcement

We've had a good run at the Pirate Canoe Club for many years but, due to a decrease in jammers, the PCC has decided to discontinue providing space for us.  Fear not, we will find another home.  In fact, we DO have a room for the next jam on Wednesday, September 22.  It will be in the Villard Room at Vassar College.  The Villard Room is located in Main Building on the second floor.

We hope this first jam at Vassar College will attract many students and we urge you to be there to make this a spectacular start for us!!!  To read more about this jam and parking, visit our Events Tab.

Membership Appreciation Day - A Showcase

When:    Sunday, October 3, 2010 - 3pm
Where:   River Station Restaurant, 1 North Water Street, Poughkeepsie, NY
Tickets:  Members/(donation) - Non-Members/$15 - Children under 12/Free

The Hudson Valley Bluegrass Association will hold a fall showcase with three bluegrass bands performing from 3-7pm at River Station, 1 North Water Sreet in Poughkeepsie, NY. The event is designed to show appreciation for HVBA members and bands by setting an admission fee by donation for HVBA members and all proceeeds to be provided to the musicians. Non-HVBA members will be admitted for $15. Anyone can join the HVBA at the event for an annual membership of $15--or you can join online.
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