Uncle Earl "She Waits for Night."

Uncle Earl describes itself as "young old-time," and what I think they mean by that is that it's a band in the old-time style that does not attempt to recreate earlier sounds precisely, but rather attempts to express the spirit of what's called "old-time" music without being stylistically bound to any one regional influence. To put it another way, if you mixed Norman Blake's Rising Fawn String Ensemble with the early 80's Good Ol' Persons, and stirred in some blues and gospel and folk, you'd have something like the Uncle Earl sound. It's not bluegrass- more bounce than drive in the banjo and fiddle- but Uncle Earl is old-time the way some young bluegrass bands take the bluegrass sound beyond Flatt and Scruggs covers.

Jerry Oland has been involved in Bluegrass music for longer than most of us in the HVBA. For this reason I decided that an interview with him will serve to give the rest of our members some insight into the BG music scene for the past 40 years or so, both here in the Hudson Valley and beyond.  Jerry, as we all know, has been a central figure in our local jams, always contributing to hold it together, giving the right kick in the beginning, or a break that we all wish we had invented. However, Jerry's real gift to us all is his infectious enjoyment of BG music. So, here in the following is a random walk with Jerry along his BG journey.

"One Day," the new album from long-time New England bluegrass band Northern Lights, isn't exactly what I'd call "that high lonesome sound," but it is tight, toneful, and tasteful. To my ears, the 11 tracks revealed diverse influences from newgrass to western swing, to folk rock to southern rock, from Monroe to classic country, all bound together by great musical chops and accomplished harmony singing. I especially liked the tone of the lead guitar, the gutsy fiddle solos, and the sweeping, ringing mandolin chords on the more "newgrass" songs- let me be clear, there was hardly a note out of place on this album.
DEEP IN THE MOUNTAINS is the 4th Rounder release by the super group LONGVIEW. The first release was founder Ken Irwin's idea to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Rounder Records. That project was meant to be a one time in-gathering of some of the best pickers and singers in the business, which included James King, Don Rigsby, Dudley Connell, Marshall Wilborn, Joe Mullins and Glen Duncan.

LIBERTY, NY, July 2008 –  The Liberty Free Theatre will present Kinfolks and Mountain Music, three one-act plays with bluegrass music that follow the coming to maturity of a young boy in the coal country around Hazard, Kentucky. The play will open Thursday, July 24 and play through Sunday, July 27 and the following week Thursday, July31 through Sunday, August 3. Curtain times are 7:30 P.M. Thursdays through Saturdays and Sunday matinees at 3:00 P.M. Performances are free but seating is limited and reservations are recommended.  The audience is invited to gather after the performance for food, drink, and music.  The theatre is located at 109 South Main Street, Liberty.  Call 845-292-3788 for reservations and information.
Julie Gritten displaying her VIP bracelet.

Julie and her husband, Chris, are responsible for connecting the Walsh Farm site with Grey Fox.  Julie and Chris are members of HVBA. 

Pictures submitted by Pat Dinges.

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Aldo Troiani: July 20, 2008

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