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.
The Manor at Woodside
All of our jam sessions feature the Slow Jam, which happens during the first 60 minutes. From 6:00 to 7:00, we invite you to play at a sane pace in a supportive, non-competitive environment. The regular jam lasts the full four hours.
For info, call Dave at (845) 462.8871
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