TODAY’S FEATURED 2018 DANBY FESTIVAL BAND:
BORDERLINE comes to us from Massachusetts. They’re a 3-piece band with Tom Hammond on lead vocal, guitar, and dobro; Gloria Zink on bass guitar and lead/harmony vocals; and Punky Zink on banjo, vocal, and harmony vocals. During Tom’s absence, because of recent surgery, Gloria and Punky’s daughter, Candy Sweener, is filling in on guitar and lead/harmony vocals.
Gloria and Candy do a superb job of performing mother/daughter harmonies, often joined by Punky in their unique 3-part arrangements.
Punky started playing piano at the age of 5. He always loved the bluegrass 5-string banjo and started playing it in the 1980s. Gloria has been singing and playing guitar since she was in her teens. Candy started on the violin while in high school and switched to guitar and vocals in her early teens.
Gloria, Candy, Punky, and Corey Zink founded the Cannonball Express Band in 1996. They performed for about 6 years in countless night spots, special parties and bluegrass festivals with their unique 2-band arrangement: Cannonball Country and Cannonball Bluegrass.
Gloria and Punky have performed in several bands throughout the years. They currently perform with Corey Zink & County Line and with Borderline. This group knows country and is always a crowd favorite!
Gloria and Punky have 17 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Candy has retired to married life, has 2 children, and a career in the Berlin, NY school system
Click here to listen to the band perform, “Mama’s Hand”!