It’s Saturday night. Instead of relaxing safe at home plopped comfortably in front of your big screen TV, you’ve got your hind quarters parked squarely on a hard folding chair. If that’s the case, chances are you’re either at a festival watching your favorite bluegrass band, or perhaps you’re huddled under a tarp in the pouring rain jamming with friends or total strangers at a fiddlers convention. Either way, you often witness secret or not-so-secret signals or cues from one musician to the rest of the group to alert them that a song or tune is about to end. This article will help you decode many of the secret signals that are commonly used at bluegrass and old-time jams and performances.
If you’re watching a bluegrass band that’s used to playing together, you might not see any signals at all. Just last night was I was chatting with Bobby Hicks, a long time Bluegrass Boy and fiddler. I asked him how Monroe signaled to the band when a song was supposed to stop. He said Bill never used any kind of signal. He explained that after you played night after night on the road with Bill, you knew exactly where and when a song was going to end. He did point out that after the song was over, Monroe often raised his white hat in the air while the audience wildly applauded.
REDWOOD HILL is a group of friends who have banded together to pay tribute to Bluegrass music’s legendary Country Gentlemen, a group highly acclaimed as one of the most important progressive Bluegrass bands for their unique blend of folk and Bluegrass music.
Hailing from Neversink, New York, Keith Edwards (guitar) has an extensive background in Bluegrass music, playing in several groups including The Feinberg Brothers , Straight Drive, and currently as the bass player for Zink & Co. As a big fan of Charlie Waller, lead singer/guitarist for the Country Gentlemen, Keith plays guitar with Redwood Hill.
Called “simply the best Bluegrass bass fiddle player in New England” by the Hudson Valley Bluegrass Association, Lillian Fraker from Lanesboro, Massachusetts is well known in New England Bluegrass circles. Lillian has played in several bands including The Bear Bridge Band, The Old Time Bluegrass Singers, Girl Howdy and Tex's Troubadours.
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Do the Gibson Brothers really need an introduction to Bluegrass lovers? Do we really need to tell you who they are and why they are the favorites at every festival? We think not! We think you know that this band has won multiple awards and for good reason....they are just great!
The Feinberg Brothers is an authentic bluegrass band from Long Island, New York. The band features brothers Rourke (fiddle) and Patrick (mandolin) singing lead and tenor, along with their father and longtime bluegrass musician, Ronnie Feinberg on guitar and vocals. Brothers Rourke and Patrick are among the top young bluegrass artists in the North Eastern United States. By blending their bluegrass roots with a classical training background, they have delighted audiences with their tight, soulful harmonies and masterful fiddle, mandolin, and guitar playing. The band has toured extensively throughout the Northeast, playing bluegrass festivals, major market-radio broadcasts, and traditional country music shows including the world famous Wheeling Jamboree. In 2015 the Feinberg Brothers released their first, self-titled recording, which received a highlight review in Bluegrass Unlimited and has received airplay throughout the United States and Canada.
Too Blue is an outstanding band in the Northeast and the HVBA is beyond proud and excited that they will be returning to our stage. “To quote Bill Monroe, ‘This is powerful music!’ With Too Blue, the total is much more than the sum of the parts, and the parts are mighty fine…” – Barry Mitterhoff, mandolinist with Jorma Kaukonen.
Traveling freely between the genres of bluegrass, swing, Celtic and jazz, a Too Blue performance is a dynamic dose of serious fun. Smooth harmonies and adventurous musicianship bring stellar arrangements to life and leave the listener anything but “blue”. Their newest release, “Trouble With the Grey”, produced and engineered by Bob Harris of Ampersand Records, has received national radio airplay and enthusiastic reviews from Bluegrass Today and Bluegrass Unlimited.