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Some of their fans call them “the Bowling Team,” thanks to their colorful stage shirts, but trust us, Redwood Hill is the real deal. It’s a tribute band, paying homage to one of the most influential bluegrass groups of all time–The Country Gentlemen, originally formed in the 1950s in the Washington, DC area. The band’s name is an acknowledgement of one of The Country Gentlemen’s best-known tunes, a Gordon Lightfoot staple. Like The Country Gentlemen, Redwood Hill is a joyous, cohesive quartet that obviously takes delight in what it’s doing–linking bluegrass, folk and country music while capturing the musical mood, feeling and intent of the band that it honors–not by slavish copying but by playing that group’s melodies in ways that enhance and perpetuate them, often by applying their own techniques to new musical themes.
Andy’s Ramble, a remarkable quartet of bluegrass aces from the lively New York bluegrass scene, will be appearing two weeks later, on Sunday, June 13.
Leading the group will be Andy Statman, universally recognized as one of the world’s most talented bluegrass/newgrass mandolin virtuosos, who happens to be equally at home with jazz and R&B. He studied under his lifelong friend David Grisman and is equally famed as a klezmer clarinetist, a major part of the klezmer revival of the 1970s. (Klezmer is traditional Eastern European Jewish instrumental music mainly using the clarinet.) Statman has been a Grammy Awards nominee and played as part of the group that won the Best Pop Instrumental Album award at the 2008 Grammys. In 2012, the National Endowment for the Arts granted Statman a national Heritage Fellowship–the nation’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts.
Joining Statman will be Gene Yellin on guitar and vocals; Marc Horowitz playing banjo; and Tim Kiam, bass and vocals. All are lifelong friends and co-performers.
Yellin, a 40-year staple of the New York bluegrass scene, has recorded with Hazel Dickens and Gene Lowinger. He is recognized as one of the best bluegrass singers that New York has produced.
Banjoist Marc Horowitz won his first banjo contest in 1966, at the Philadelphia Folk Festival. He has played, recorded or toured with Doc Watson, Tom Paxton, Judy Collins and Hall & Oates, plus many others, and among his banjo students has been the great Bela Fleck.
Though Tim Kiah is originally from the land of the Red Sox, a move to Brooklyn established him as a New York bluegrass artist, and he is also a talented klezmer clarinetist. As a classical bassist, vocalist and composer, his credits stretch from Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall to the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
Tickets for the Andy’s Ramble concert, at $20 per person, are now available on the HVBA website.
Tickets for Members AND Non-Members
On June 27, the HVBA will be featuring one of its all-time favorite bands, the Gibson Brothers. On stage will not only be Leigh and Eric Gibson but bassist Mike Barber, a longtime member of the group. (Mike’s father, Junior Barber, preceded him as a member of the band.)
Named Entertainers of the Year in both 2012 and 2013 at Nashville’s International Bluegrass Music Association awards, in 2013 the Gibsons also picked up citations for Vocal Group of the Year, Song of the Year and Songwriter of the Year (for brother Eric). They have issued 14 albums, and several of their songs have reached the number-one spot on the Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine top-hits chart.
Admired for their tight harmony and eclectic sourcing of music and material, most of their songs are original rather than oft-heard traditional bluegrass standards. Says Eric Gibson, “Leigh and I are singer/songwriters who happen to play bluegrass instruments.” Lifelong North Country New Yorkers, they look upon their Hudson Valley audience as the home crowd. This will be their seventh concert sponsored by the Hudson Valley Bluegrass Association.
The Gibson Brothers are farmboys, born and bred, and for many years, the Gibsons paid their dues by working the family farm near Plattsburgh. On the jacket of their album In the Ground, Eric Gibson is wearing “an old blue Carhartt barn coat that we wore on the farm. Leigh told me it was his. I don’t know how I ended up with it, but I will never get rid of it.”
The Gibson Brothers sing of farming and much else. Their song “I Found a Church Today” won best Gospel Recorded Performance at the International Bluegrass Music Association Awards, and their newest album, Mockingbird, is strongly influenced by 1960s and ’70s radio rock virtuosi ranging from Elvis Presley to Tom Petty. In the Ground reached number one on Bluegrass Magazine’s albums chart–their eighth straight album to achieve that honor.
Gibson Brothers tickets are on sale for $30 (HVBA members) and $35 (non-members).