Happy Holidays
The Hudson Valley Bluegrass Association

Korey Brodsky is still so young, though has achieved so much. I hesitate to mention his age, as it becomes a hook to hang too much on, and there are lots of examples of that to choose from. Sierra Hull, Sarah Jaroz, just to think of two who are at the moment are getting toward the point where every writer won’t feel compelled to mention how young they are.

But, for now at least, age is still a part of Brodsky’s story. He was a member of the youth all star set at the IBMA in 2013, and youth and chops is the price of admission. The music might be interesting, but the age of the players is what really lights the wick on the fireworks.

  Unbound, the seventh CD from Kenny and Amanda Smith, is another fine collection of songs, which would be no surprise to fans of this duo.  For those not yet familiar with them, this treat will urge listeners to seek out K&A’s earlier recordings and perhaps see them at their next (yet unscheduled) performance in our area.  Hopefully they will be on the 2017 Grey Fox roster.  

Their common Christian faith and love for bluegrass has paved the way for a fine collection of CD’s and many major festival appearances over the past sixteen years. Since receiving the International Bluegrass Music Association’s prestigious Emerging Artist of the Year award in 2003, they’ve never looked back.

Sam Bush is such a perennial of Americana music, from first gaining lots of attention with Newgrass Revival, going on to be the King of Telluride … and he’s just kept on going. Through it all, subtle is not something that anyone might readily claim of him, what with his mullet bobbing in time while chopping on stage.

That said, it's always been clear that Bush is far more than his stage presence might suggest. He’s played on countless recordings, and is a master of many things, prime being an ability to apply himself to the music at hand. He can play quiet. I seen him do it. Publicly, and on his own albums, he’s more inclined to be louder, and that’s true on this one as well.

There are some albums that get your fingers itching, needing to pick up an instrument and start playing along. Bluegrass music is participatory anyway, which is one of the great things about it. But this is more than that. It’s music that you not only want to play along to, to explore where it goes in that sense, but that you also want to be a part of.

There’s a couple of barn burners on here, such as “Chain Gang Blues,” thought they happily come later in the mix, right about the time that we ready for them and not a moment before. Which is great, too. This album is easily the best programed release from Balsam Range, which perhaps is one reason why it feels like their best one yet. “Last Train to Kitty Hawk,” was their first one to really catch a lot of ears, and perhaps because of the strength of the title track.

Andy Statman

Gene Yellin

Ellery Marshall

Tim Kiah

Sunday, December 18, 2016 @ 4:00pm
Unitarian Fellowship: 67 S. Randolph Avenue - Poughkeepsie, NY
$25/Members - $30/Non-Members


Andy Statman is universally recognized as one of the world’s foremost mandolin virtuoso’s. He began initially as a bluegrass performer and played in the iconic group, Breakfast Special, in his early years. A short time later his musical journey took him to the world of Klezmer music and he developed similar virtuosic facility on the clarinet. He has toured extensively all over the world in the past 35 years with his trio, playing Klezmer and Bluegrass music. He has recorded over a dozen albums.


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