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Looking Back on 20 Years of Success

By Jeff Anzevino, HVBA Founder

As the Hudson Valley Bluegrass Association begins its third decade, I’d like to take this opportunity to look back 20 years and share with you—our members—how it all began. But the story dates a bit farther back.

In September 1991 I moved to the Hudson Valley. I landed here without knowing a soul except the few people who interviewed me for a job—the job I still hold 22 years later. As a resophonic guitarist in search of other musicians I sought out jam sessions. At the first jam, in New Paltz, I met mandolinist Mira Fink. She said, “you must meet my friend, Jim Conklin” and put us in touch. At the time, the now departed Jim Conklin played banjo and he and I spent many hours trading tunes. It wasn’t long, sometime in 1992, that Jim introduced me to Rich Hines, who quickly became my musical collaborator and longtime friend.

Bluegrass At Marist CLS

Two years ago, HVBA ran a six-week class for Marist College’s Center for Lifetime Study on The Evolution of Bluegrass, which proved to be a smash hit. CLS is a continuing-education program for seniors, with courses ranging from Drawing and Painting to The History of Computing. It proved to be an excellent venue for the HVBA to help carry out its mission to inform others about bluegrass and to cultivate interest in the genre.

Gibson Brothers Celebrate HVBA's 20th!



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Tickets Available At The Door

Blowout celebration of our 20th Anniversary with The Gibson Brothers!!!!

When: Saturday, April 26, 2014
Where: Christ Episcopal Church - 20 Carroll Street, Poughkeepsie
Time: 7:30pm
Member Tickets: $25
Non-Member Tickets:     $30

This Gibson Brothers are an unstoppable force in the Bluegrass World! In 2013, the IBMA (voted by their peers) acknowledged them as the BEST for their excellence in the following categories:

Instrumental Group Of The Year
Vocal Group of The Year
Song Of The Year
Songwriter Of The Year (Eric Gibson)

These were definitely not their first wins at the IBMA Award Ceremony.  In 2012, they were named Entertainer Of The Year and Gospel Recorded Performance of The Year. In 2011, they won for Vocal Group of The Year and Album of the Year. And in 2010 they won for Song of the Year!

We could go on and on, but you have to see them to understand why the bluegrass community so loves this talented and very special group of musicians.

What Makes A Good Song?

What makes a good song? Wouldn’t we all love to know, though to some extent we do. At the very least, though it might sound crass, it’s got a hook, three verses and a chorus. Melody is important, though so many great songs don’t have one. Of course, lots of songs lack one or more of those things. For some reason people think that “The Wreck of the Edmond Fitzgerald” is a good song, though it breaks all the rules that I’ve just stated. (And, honestly, I think the song is deadly, and it pains me that it is often the one Gordon Lightfoot song that people can name.)

February Showcase: Jim Gaudet & The Railroad Boys

When: Friday, February 28
Where: Christ Church - 20 Carroll Street, Poughkeepsie
Open Jam: 7:30
Concert: 7:30
Tickets: $10 at the Door

How lucky for the HVBA! This is a Premium Member Band of the HVBA and they have performed at top venues, including Joe Val and Grey Fox. This month Jim Gaudet & The Railroad Boys will perform at the Showcase Series!

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