Interviews

Jenny Brook Bluegrass Festival

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There are many avenues of involvement for players of Bluegrass music. Jamming, learning, performing, songwriting, teaching, recording, and luthiery all add up to some of the most satisfying hours of spent time we will ever know. The music chooses us.

Greg Cahill: Special Man of Special Consensus

Greg Cahill is, in so many ways, the embodiment of bluegrass music: honest, friendly, and in it not because he wants to be, necessarily, but because he has to be. I was fortunate to reach him at his home on a day that he was, as he says, unpacking his suitcase, doing the laundry, and packing it all in again in order to head back out on the road. Through it all, he tries to be an ambassador for the music and, frankly, you couldn’t find a better one.

- Glen Herbert

Glen Herbert: You’ve been doing this for quite a while, haven’t you?

Greg Cahill: Special C was formed in 1975, so this is year number 38. I had played in a few other bands before that. But I’ve been making my living at it for 38 years, between playing with bands, doing studio stuff, teaching and, you know, all things musical.

Spotlight: Mark Hudson, HVBA Board Member

How and when did you first get involved with the HVBA?

About 10 years ago, I wandered in to a jam and “hid in the back.” I really liked the music and was there [at the jams] all the time. Eventually they gave me a job, taking care of HVBA merchandising (tee shirts, bumper stickers etc).

So were you one of those kids who listened to bluegrass from an early age?
No, I didn’t grow up with it. I came to the music later, working my way backwards from the Grateful Dead, then back to groups like Credence Clearwater and to Doc Watson, then to country, then to bluegrass.

Member Band: Jim Gaudet and the Railroad Boys

Who are the members of your band?
Bobby Ristau
- bass and harmony vocals
Bobby is an Americana Roots bassist and harmony singer. Bobby's love of old time country and bluegrass music had its roots years ago when he first heard his friend's dad, singer songwriter Johnny Richards, sing and pick guitar. Later he began his 36

IBMA Banjo Winner: Sammy Shelor

On Saturday, November 17th, 7:30 pm, the Lonesome River Band will be performing at Christ Church in Poughkeepsie. This is a great opportunity to come out and hear this award winning group. Founded 30 years ago with a stack of recordings, and dozens of awards and nominations the latest (2012) being IBMA for Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year for “Angeline The Baker” by Lonesome River Band and a 5th IBMA Banjo Performer of the Year for their banjoist, Sammy Shelor, this band is one of the most respected bands in bluegrass, today. Sammy Shelor graciously shares his thoughts and history in the following article. Thank you to Gary DiGiovanni for putting this interview together for HVBA!

“Shelor is the lynchpin. His right-handed precision infuses every song with a solid rhythmic pocket, and his laying is unique due in part to his ability to be ever-so slightly on top of the beat without speeding up.” – Vintage Guitar Magazine

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