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!

House Concert: Lonely Heartstring Band

The Hudson Valley Bluegrass Association Presents

Saturday, February 1 @ 7:30pm

42 Haggerty Hill Road, Rhinebeck, NY

Tickets Available At The Door

$13 Members/$15 Non-Members


This concert just fell into our laps and we couldn't resist. If you haven't heard of this will!! 

We just heard about their being near our area and we grabbed them up for you. BUT...only 50 of you. The concert is in a beautiful home with great acoustics. Don't wait. Buy your ticket(s) now and reserve your spot for this special, special concert.

Winners of the Band Contest at the 2013 Thomas Point Bluegrass Festival, The Lonely Heartstring Band is an acoustic quintet based out of Boston, MA. Their music is a combination of old and new styles, melding the sounds of traditional bluegrass with modern songwriting and arranging. The band began with a common love for the music of The Beatles, bringing some of their favorite songs to life while attempting to remain true to the original arrangements.

Silver Bay Bluegrass Camp

A wonderful bluegrass camp is coming to Lake George this summer, from July 7-16, 2014! Headed by bluegrass jamming maven Pete Wernick, Silver Bay Bluegrass Camp features eight certified Wernick Method instructors for all bluegrass instruments. You can choose full-day or morning-only sessions with a spectrum of options.

Students will learn in small and large groups, always hands-on: jam skills instruction for novices, performance labs and band coaching for higher skill players. There will be instrument classes, sessions on songwriting, harmony singing, and many other options.

Pete Seeger

1919 - 2014

Please join us for a Pete Seeger Tribute Jam

February 19, 2014

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