HVBA Concert: The Deep River Ramblers – A John Prine Tribute Concert

Friday, October 20, 2023 @ 7:30pm
Unitarian Fellowship
67 S. Randolph Avenue
Poughkeepsie, NY – Poughkeekeepie, NY 12603


We are at a loss for words to describe the utter devastation of losing one of America’s greatest and most beloved songwriters to Covid in 2020…John Prine. If you know Prine’s songs, you are already a fan. If you aren’t familiar with his work, then this concert is definitely for you. The HVBA specifically requested that Chris Brashear and The Deep River Ramblers return to Poughkeepsie after hearing their rendition of Prine’s “Speed of The Sound of Loneliness” last year. The audience didn’t want the concert to end and the only solution was to have them return to wow us once again.

Originally teaming up to perform a Doc Watson Tribute show for Signature Sounds, the trio was and remains a natural collaboration. Their approach to music and performance is humble, direct and expressive. If you can imagine hiking in a landscape of contemporary Americana and roots music, you could easily see these “ramblers” roaming between well known and inspirational voices like Doc Watson, Nanci Griffith, Levon Helm, Muddy Waters or John Prine. Combining fiddle, guitars, mandolin, dobro and bass, this streamlined trio brings multi-instrumental abilities to every song. The final ingredient, however, is the combination of soulful singing with great songs. On that front, the Deep River Ramblers will take you on a John Prine journey that will last long after the show is over.

Chris Brashear plays fiddle, mandolin and guitar, and he is a vocalist and songwriter. He has toured and recorded nationally and internationally with a variety of groups including The Maurizio Geri Swingtet, Perfect Strangers, Robin and Linda Williams, and Peter McLaughlin.

Jim Henry plays guitar, dobro, and mandolin. He is a singer, songwriter, producer, session player, and engineer. He has recorded and played on hundreds of albums and has toured the US, Canada, and Europe with Mary Chapin Carpenter, The Weepies, Paula Cole, and many others.

Paul Kochanski is one of the most sought-after bass players in New England. Having performed and/or recorded with literally hundreds of artists, he can be currently seen with Grammy-winning songwriter Lori McKenna, blues legend Ronnie Earl, and Americana pioneers the Swinging Steaks.

Ed. Note: The last time that The Deep River Ramblers performed was in September 2022. When that show ended, we KNEW we had to have them return as soon as possible. I have been waiting for this particular concert (because I LOVE John Prine and The Deep River Ramblers) for over a year and I know you will become a fan of this band by the mid-concert break. Hope to see you all there to make The Deep River Ramblers welcome to the HVBA!


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