Exclusive Gibson Brothers Interview

  On an uncharacteristically warm and bright day in mid-February, I caught up with Eric and Leigh Gibson to talk about their music and their upcoming April 14th performance for the Hudson Valley Bluegrass Association. The Gibson Brothers were touring in Florida, enjoying a little down time and the relaxed atmosphere around the Hollowpoint Farm. Eric had previously said to me, “I hope to get in some good walks.” What follows are some highlights from our conversation that touched on … Read More

Interview: John Reischman

  Max Maksimik: Last time John Reishmann and the Jaybirds were on the East Coast was in 2013. It’s great having you back three years later, but I wish it wasn’t so long between shows! John Reischmann: We’re very happy to be returning to the East Coast for some concerts, including the Freshgrass on the 18th and the Friday night concert at the Unitarian Fellowship Hall in Poughkeepsie on the 16th. And I was just thinking about playing at the … Read More

Eric Rosi-Marshall: A Conversation

Editor’s Note: In April 2012 and again in 2014, the Hudson Valley Bluegrass Association presented a series of classes entitled “The Evolution of Bluegrass” to a group of students enrolled in the Center for Lifetime Studies, a program sponsored by Marist College. This course will also be given again this coming April. Eric Rosi-Marshall participated in the 2012 classes and was the lecturer who led the 2014 course. As a band leader, independent music teacher, and parent, Eric Rosi-Marshall is devoted to … Read More

Spotlight On Kat Mills

Receiving an announcement from Kat Mills recently about her forth upcoming CD, I realized it was time to check in with this long time HVBA member who was around at the very dawn of the organization. A little history from Kat: In late summer 1996, when Nicholas and I married, just after he graduated from Vassar College, there was no doubt in our minds that we wanted to live in the Hudson Valley. I had finished at Vassar three years … Read More

Mary Doub: Producer of Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival

You’re a producer. What does the producer do for a big festival such as Grey Fox? I used to have to do it all myself. I started in ’85 by doing everything but sell tickets. I booked it, I got the volunteers and I got the vendors, but I slowly realized that it takes a lot of people to make something like this work. Now, as a producer, I oversee everything that happens. It’s like putting together a mosaic where … Read More

Spotlight on Peter Conklin – HVBA Vice President

I finally had a chance to sit down with HVBA Vice President, consummate musician, bandmate and all around great guy, Pete Conklin, to chat about what music means to him. It’s not easy finding Pete without an instrument in his hand. But our talk was enlightening and I’d like to share that with HVBA members. By Jeffrey Anzevino, HVBA Founder JA: Pete, I’ve never conducted an interviewed before. PC: And I’ve never been interviewed. Good we’re in tune. Pete, I … Read More

Interview with Eric Gibson 2014

I reached Eric by phone while he was on the road traveling south for a few dates in Florida. I asked him about his (relatively) new Henderson guitar, brother duets, and life on the road. Always gracious, Eric is as delightful off stage as he is on it. GH: How did you get turned on to bluegrass? Was it from your father? EG: Yeah, my dad listened to it on the radio. Had a few bluegrass records, not a lot … Read More

Jenny Brook Bluegrass Festival

  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. There is no doubt that promoting, hosting, and taking responsibility for all that goes on at a festival is the least popular of all the paths. It is obviously a tough row to hoe. Many get in the game … Read More