Showcase: Long Steel Rail


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Long Steel Rail—Traditional and Not-So-Traditional Americana: an eclectic blend of amped-up acoustic roots music: “Any-thang with a Twang.”

Where: Christ Church – 20 Carroll Street, Poughkeepsie
When: Friday, March 28 Time: Open Jam at 6:30pm – Concert begins at 7:30pm
Tickets: At the door (all money goes to musicians)

Long Steel Rail cultivates and extends the traditions of American Acoustic Roots music sitting at the confluence of many different streams of musical sensibility. They deliver a distinctive and infectious blend of Bluegrass, Folk, Classic Country and String Band music, tinged with Swing, Irish, Blues, Rockabilly and other ingredients that spice up the rich gumbo of American music. Traditional instrumentation is combined with a contemporary sensibility and material is drawn from the whole gamut in between.

The band’s HVBA showcase concert will lean heavily towards a quintessential honkytonk country sound, featuring as it does Eric Rosi-Marshall (guitar and vocals); Ambrose Verdibello (electric guitar, fiddle, mandolin); Fooch Fischetti (pedal steel guitar and fiddle) and  David Gandin (bass and vocals).

The band has been collaborating for 3 years performing at a wide variety of venues, from local farmer’s markets and community events, to regional music festivals like “Pete Seeger’s” Clearwater Festival. They are often invited to provide music for private parties and events. This past year they performed as part of the MAG Summer Concert series at the Millbrook Bandshell, and a return engagment at the New Year’s Eve Millbrook celebrations.

Eric Rosi-Marshall plays and writes acoustic music in the American roots tradition. Inspired by troubadours like Ramblin’ Jack Elliott and Woody Guthrie, and songcatchers like Alan Lomax and Carl Sandburg, Eric draws on music from many musical traditions. He’s as likely to play an 18th century English ballad, a 19th century parlor song, a blues from the 1920s, a protest song from the 1950s or a pop song from the 1970s. His original songs address everything from the sublime to the ridiculous and are characterized by an honesty that is direct without being over-bearing and tender without being sentimental.


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