Published on Thursday, 02 October 2014
We spotted these tee shirts "in the wild."
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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.
Tickets can be purchased online or by mailing a check (payable to the HVBA) to:
c/o Lynn Lipton
21 Adriance Avenue
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
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Published on Saturday, 06 September 2014
When: September 26 @ 7:30pm
Where: Christ Episcopal Church - 20 Carroll Street, Poughkeepsie
Tickets: $15.00 at the door
Children 10 and Under: Free
Kicking off the new HVBA Showcase Concert Series this year are The Feinberg Brothers and we are so lucky to have such a prestigious band open this season for us.
The Feinberg Brothers are a bluegrass duo from Long Island, New York. Consisting of brothers Rourke and Patrick, the two are among the top, young bluegrass artists in the North Eastern United States. Having grown up with the sounds of bluegrass emanating throughout their house, their love of the genre came quickly. And it didn’t hurt to have some of the area’s best musicians come to pick at the house, giving the boys easy access to a wealth of talent. The brothers had front row seats for sessions from Andy Falco, Patrick Falco, Terry McGill, Dave Thompson, Dave Hampton, and Michael Cleveland, who all offered and received tutelage from along the way.
Published on Sunday, 17 August 2014
The Secret Of The Banjo’s Twang Revealed By Nobel Prize-Winning Physicist
Acoustic experts have long puzzled over the origin of the banjo’s distinctive metallic timbre. Now a leading theoretical physicist has figured it out
The banjo is a stringed instrument that produces a distinctive metallic sound often associated with country, folk and bluegrass music. One of the most famous examples is the duelling banjos scene in the film Deliverance which clearly shows the difference in the sound produced by a banjo and a guitar.
Published on Saturday, 16 August 2014
Bill Keith's Distinguished Achievement Award from the International Bluegrass Music Association deserves a separate post of its own, I think.
Bill is best known for developing the “melodic style” of banjo playing, the most important and widely used extension of Earl Scruggs’ three-finger banjo technique. Melodic banjo playing uses ingeniously coordinated right- and left-hand fingerings to allow the player to execute fast scales and scale-based passages smoothly and efficiently. Fifty years later, banjo pickers are still playing licks that Bill devised, and melodic banjo playing is still referred to as “Keith style.” I think it’s fair to say that without Bill to show the way, we would not have the music of Ben Eldridge, Courtney Johnson, John Hartford, Alan Munde, Tony Trischka, Béla Fleck, Scott Vestal, Jens Kruger, Alison Brown, Noam Pikelny, and many others. Bluegrass music would be much the poorer without Bill’s contributions and musical legacy.