Hello Friends, This note is to inform you that I plan to schedule a Dobro® Meeting on April 13, 2013
We will gather at St Paul United Methodist Church in Hellertown, Pa.
Hope to hear from you soon. Thanks.
610-838-0977 home or 610-216-0374 cell
Big Valley Bluegrass
GINA ROSS (Guitar & Vocals) was born in the Lehigh Valley and lived in Nashville, Tennessee for 16 years where she performed original country music and was a frequent guest on the Ralph Emory Show. She is a gifted songwriter and one of her songs “Jesus in My Soul” was recorded by country music legend Johnny Cash.
KEITH KESTER (Bass & Vocals) was born in the Lehigh Valley and fell in love with bluegrass music at a very early age. No stranger to the stage, Keith has performed several times at Musicfest and regional bluegrass festivals.
PAUL SPRIET (Banjo & Vocals) was born in New Jersey and lists Earl Scruggs, Bill Keith and Alan Munde as his influences. He has been playing banjo for over 40 years and teaches banjo in his spare time.
BILL PARKER (Mandolin, Dobro & Guitar) grew up in Rochester, NY now living in the Bethlehem, area. He caught the bluegrass bug about 5 years ago when he started playing the mandolin. With a hard-charging, high energy style, he puts passion into every note he plays. Primary influences are his father, Ronnie McCoury, Ricky Skaggs, Shawn Lane & Jesse Cobb. In addition to mandolin, Bill also plays guitar, bass & dobro. Preferred brands are Martin Guitars, Loar & Eastman Mandolins
Louie Setzer at the Opry Town Hall
Louie Setzer: guitar, lead vocals
Ron Penska: bass, vocals
David Cavage: banjo, vocals
Jeff Propert: mandolin, vocals
A little bit of harmony, a splash of honesty and a whole lot of speed are the ingredients used to stir up a nice pot of homegrown Hillbilly Water. Hillbilly Water have been performing together for over 10 years. Having gotten their start in ’02. The band, an acoustic trio, features mandolin, guitar & bass fiddle.
Louie Demayo is the lead singer and mandolin player. Lou is a huge fan of Bill Monroe and bluegrass music in general. Louie D. as he’s called by friends and fans alike has been playing mandolin for almost 20 years, previously playing with Grovers Mill with Carol Bogart & Gene Lowinger & Risky Busness . He’s also had the pleasure of hanging out and playing with Del McCoury, Adam Stefi, and Allison Krauss to name a few.
On guitar we have the unassuming Ed Rainey. Ed’s been playing for as long as he can remember and was brought up listening and playing old time country and bluegrass songs, by his father Rich, himself a very talented banjo player and band leader (Riskey Business). Encouraged by his dad, Eddie learned to play all the bluegrass instruments; dobro, guitar, mandolin and banjo. He is quite a talent and must be seen to be believed. Not only does he play real good but he sings great too. Helping Lou D. with the high harmony. Ed’s played with many greats including Peter Rowan, Mick Taylor, Terry Reid and Vaser Clements.
Bassist George Kapitanellis has been playing for over 25 years and his musical friendship with Eddie goes back just as far. They have been playing in bands since high school and have created a dynamic groove and feel that kicks the band up a notch. Their familiarity lets them ease in and out of different grooves and phrasings effortlessly. These two guys live to play music. George has also played with some great talents, Terry Reid, Buddy Miles, Vaser Clements, King Wilke and Buddy Cage and has recorded extensively with his and Eddie’s electric band Cosmic American Derelicts. Watch for Hillbilly Water’s next project do out in the Spring of 2013.
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Free Range Folk made another appearance at the Mauch Chunk Opera House on Friday night. This area’s own 5-piece folk and bluegrass band opened for Greensky Bluegrass with a 6 song set, 5 original with one cover. Their combination of authenticity and laid-back pickin is a welcomed summertime treat.
Their lyrics, from Ruch’s honest and heartfelt vocals, sink in deep like a day soaking in sunshine. They warm seeds of thought that erupt in an unshakeable smile while Sara Ruch’s skillfully wicked musical saw leaves you mesmerized.
Songs come from their collective experiences of as living as close to the earth as any in these parts. Their lyrics reflect the things they’ve absorbed from the earth while McCarty’s mandolin holds it all together.
Song one, “Hitchhiker” by Ruch makes you wait for that sunshine, hopeful for that ride, and hopeful that we can all be so gracious in the end. Breiner’s bass play adds the natural flow of a step by step journey we all take while Finsel’s banjo provides the rhythm.
“Polypore Joe” by Finsel celebrates the simple life of mountain man Joe, who passed on his contentment in the arts of mushrooming and winemaking. Ruch’s “Bubblin’” stays on that theme, seeing life through the cycle of springtime dandelion to the labors of summer, and letting the wine warm you while expectant of another spring and another chance at making some wine. (Which by the way there was plenty of home-made wine on hand from the Fourteen Acre Farm, which could be considered Free Range Folk’s home farm.)
Song four was Finsel’s “The Bottom of the Hill,” which they also played at the public showing of “Gasland” earlier this spring. The slow ballad “Hill” reminds us how our society tends to ignore the environmental price tag we pay for energy.
Song five, “Lehigh,” a local sentimental favorite, gained a new twist, as Finsel added the line “Married my girl by the Lehigh,” precisely what he did several years back, above the “Turnhole” of the Lehigh at Glen Onoko, marrying bassist Amber Breiner.
They wrapped up the set with Jane’s Addiction’s “Summertime Rolls.” Folk’s rendition does a good job staying true to the same feel as the original while making it their own and all the while pulling everyone into memories of their own summertime love.
Supervised child care and “beer-less” designated driver tickets are available. Bierfest attendees also can partake of educational opportunities, such as the Brewer’s Discussion Panel on “Lager-Love and the Resurgence of Session Styles” at 4 p.m. in the Horner Memorial Library.
Bierfest wil be held at the German Society of Pennsylvania, 611 Spring Garden St., Philadelphia. Tickets are $45 for general admission; $60 for the VIP Package (Main event, VIP seminar and large tasting cup); $20 for “Beer-Less” admission for designated drivers and children over 12.
For tickets, go to www.PhillyBierfest.com or call 215-627-2332.
That’s when the German Society of Pennsylvania will host its second annual Philly Bierfest, a beer tasting event celebrating Pennsylvania’s German brewing heritage, in collaboration with Brauhaus Schmitz and the Philly Roller Girls.
Homespun bluegrass from the Stroudsburg, PA area is looking for a banjo player. Should be a seasoned musician that can also help with harmony vocals. If you interested, contat Peg Elia at firstname.lastname@example.org