REDWOOD HILL

TODAY’S FEATURED 2018 DANBY FESTIVAL BAND:
REDWOOD HILL

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REDWOOD HILL is a group of veteran pickers playing bluegrass music from the Country Gentlemen songbook. They come to us from NY, CT, MA, and NH. This group of friends 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.

Keith Edwards has an extensive background in bluegrass music, playing in several groups including The Feinberg Brothers, Straight Drive, and 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 is well known in New England bluegrass circles. She has played in several bands including The Bear Bridge Band, The Old Time Bluegrass Singers, Girl Howdy, and Tex’s Troubadours.

Dave “Tex” Orlomoski, on mandolin, is a multi-instrumentalist and currently a member of the Seth Sawyer Band. He is the founder of Tex’s Troubadours, and one-half of the Bear Minimum duo. Previous bands include The Bear Bridge Band, Shady Creek & Grass Routes.

Dave Shaw, on banjo, has a lifetime of experience in country and bluegrass music. He’s a founding member of the Bear Bridge Band, and he currently plays in the Seth Sawyer Band, Newfound Grass, and he teams up with Dave “Tex” Orlomoski in Bear Minimum.

Click here to see the band perform “Silence or Tears”!

Find them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RedwoodHillBand/.

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BORDERLINE

TODAY’S FEATURED 2018 DANBY FESTIVAL BAND:
BORDERLINE

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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”!

COREY ZINK & COUNTY LINE

TODAY’S FEATURED 2018 DANBY FESTIVAL BAND:
COREY ZINK & COUNTY LINE

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COREY ZINK & COUNTY LINE comes to us from Massachusetts. The band consists of 7 talented musicians with more than 150 years of combined recording and performance experience.

The band was started 20 years ago, in March 1998. Father and son team of Ron and Corey Zink, along with Corey’s Aunt Gloria, Uncle Jerry Zink, Pete Adams, Dave Lincoln and Doug Beaumier have all performed on stages of numerous festivals and public events both locally and all along the east coast and in Canada.

The band’s father-son duo, and the combined family harmonies, make this band one of a kind. County Line can be counted on for their unique and dynamic renditions of some of your old favorite waltzes, country 2-steps, swing tunes and ballads. They will entertain you, give you great music, take you back in time, and treat you like family.

This band likely knows every country song ever written – and they sure know how to play & sing ‘em!

They will do a 3-hour show for us on Thursday night, July 26th, from 7pm – 10pm. Don’t miss it!

Click here to listen to the band perform “White Lightning”!

Check out County Line on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Corey-Zink-and-County-Line-236833461666/.

THE ATKINSON FAMILY

TODAY’S FEATURED 2018 DANBY FESTIVAL BAND:
THE ATKINSON FAMILY

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THE ATKINSON FAMILY band comes to us from the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains in NY and is back on the Danby stage by popular request! Dick & Shelene Atkinson lead the family band. Both sing & play and are accomplished song writers – Dick on banjo and Shelene on guitar. They compose a lot of the songs they perform, which tell the stories of their lives in the northern mountains of the Adirondacks.

Dick began an interest in acoustic bluegrass music at a young age. His father introduced him to bluegrass on the record player with the sounds of Flatt and Scruggs, Bill Monroe, the Stanley Brothers, and traditional country music with the songs of Jimmy Rogers, Hank Williams Sr, Ernie Tubb, and Roy Acuff to name a few. Dick plays banjo for the group and on some numbers, he plays guitar. He records and produces the bands projects in the studio.

Shelene plays rhythm guitar and sings lead and harmony vocals for the group. She started playing guitar and singing after her children were grown. Shelene does the graphic work on the band’s projects and she designs & develops their web page. She loves performing and visiting with the folks at shows; stop and say hello and visit with her!

Daughter Liza is one of the original members of the family band. She plays mandolin and strong rhythm guitar and she provides strong vocals to the group. She sings any harmony you want to throw at her! It’s said that Liza can peel paint off the wall with her vocal power!

Daughter Sara is the youngest of the Atkinson family clan. She plays bass and is joining her sister and mother, singing some lead and harmony vocals, to make a unique 3-part female vocal sound.

Dave Bevins rounds out the group on dobro. He’s an accomplished player with an impressive musical resume. He’s the 2003 National Champion on Resonator Guitar. He’s a local favorite who’s performed with some of the best musicians in Nashville, including Dan Tyminski, John Cowan, and the Country Gentleman to name a few.

Click here to see their video, “Raise Hell”!

Check out their website at http://www.atkinsonfamilymusic.com/ and find them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TheAtkinsonFamilyBluegrassBand/

BEARTRACKS

TODAY’S FEATURED 2018 DANBY FESTIVAL BAND:
BEARTRACKS

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BEARTRACKS comes to us from upstate NY and is a crowd favorite back by popular request! The band began as a family trio in 2004 with siblings Tom and Julie and their cousin, legendary dobro player Junior Barber.

Tom plays rhythm guitar and splits the lead and harmony vocals with his sister, Julie. Tom grew up listening to traditional roots country and bluegrass. His most important musical influences were his mother and father. Some of his earliest memories of music were of them practicing with their band, Clem Hawkins and the Wagoneers. Tom was inducted into the New York State Country Music Hall of Fame in 1999 while playing with a band called The Upstate New Yorkers. According to Tom, the most important things in life are family, music, laughter and food…not necessarily in that order if he is really hungry!

Julie plays bass and splits the lead and harmony vocals with her brother, Tom. Her fondest memories are from the times spent around her grandfather’s table listening to the grown ups talking about old times, laughing and playing music with her family. This is where her passion for music developed. Julie began singing with her family’s band at 5 years old and she began playing the bass guitar at the age of 12. Julie’s love of performing shines through at every show. Wherever she travels, she can be found in shoe stores looking for that special pair of high-heeled boots!

The trio played bluegrass festivals and gained a solid fan base all across the Eastern US and Canada. When illness forced Barber to retire in June 2013, Tom and Julie searched for a musician that would fit the group well, both on a personal and professional level.

In July 2013, right here at the Danby festival, Tom & Julie found an extraordinary fiddler, Danby’s own Harry Ralph. Harry has been a permanent member of Beartracks ever since. Harry started playing fiddle at the age of 4. He’s competed in many local and national fiddle competitions, receiving top awards and recognition. He’s had the honor of playing beside B.B. King and has played in the opening act for The Charlie Daniel’s Band and Lonestar. Harry also plays the guitar, bass, and mandolin.

Dr. Steve Light joined the band on banjo & dobro in Sept 2016. Steve is a two-time Vermont state banjo champion. He’s played in various bands in the Northeast region since the 1970s. During the day, in his “real job”, Steve is a sociology professor at the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh. He’s been known to drive long distances to find coffee!

With their smooth family harmony, solid instrumentation, and entertaining sibling banter, Beartracks is traditional country & bluegrass at its best!

Click here to see their video, “The Old Man”!

Check out their website at http://www.beartracksband.com/ and find them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/beartracksband/.

REMINGTON RYDE

TODAY’S FEATURED 2018 DANBY FESTIVAL BAND:
REMINGTON RYDE

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REMINGTON RYDE has been together for 12 years and has been performing over 100 shows each year all throughout the US and Canada. The band’s distinct sound and old-time flair can be attributed to the bluegrass-rich area of Pennsylvania from which they hail and borrow their name.

Ryan Frankhouser is founding member and leader of Remington Ryde. He started the band at the age of 18 in his hometown of McClure, Pennsylvania. He has a passion for bluegrass music and devotes so much time of his life to the band and the music. Ryan has written a lot of the original songs that the band has recorded over the years including ‘Grandpa was my guide’, ‘You’ll miss me “One more day” The Bible Grandma gave me” and many more. In 2007, at the age of 22, Ryan took a leap of faith by starting the Remington Ryde Bluegrass Festival. The festival has become one of the fastest growing bluegrass festivals in the country! For more info: https://www.remingtonryde.com/remington-ryde-bluegrass-fest…

 Billy Lee Cox started playing the banjo at age 11. He would go with his family to country dances that his Uncle “Sock” would play the banjo for. He was hooked on the banjo. When Uncle “Sock” gave Billy his old banjo and said: “if you learn how to play this I’ll give it to you”, that was all it took. In 1976 Billy started the Mason Dixon Grass and fronted that band for over 25 years with Francis Elliott. Billy has had the privilege of playing in several bands, in 4 different countries, and many of the Eastern states of the USA.

Starting out on banjo at age 14, Jim Treat began his musical journey as bassist for the popular Central NY state band The Delaney Brothers, which lasted 13 years. Since then, he has been seen on stage with several acts such as Dick Smith & Mike O’Reilly Band, Straight Drive, Eager, Hampton & McGill Band, Atkinson Family Band and Scott Eager & High Lonesome Sound. His highlights include Carnegie Hall and Bill Monroe performances.

Stanley Efaw plays mandolin and does all the tenor singing in the band. He has been playing bluegrass music for many years and is truly one of the premier musicians in all of bluegrass today. He has played with many bands but has been touring with Larry Efaw & The Bluegrass Mountaineers for the last several years.

Remington Ryde is the worthy recipient of several SPBGMA nominations, including: 2016 Vocal Group of the Year and Promoter of the Year, 2017 Entertainers of the Year and Promoter of the Year, and 2018 Entertainers of the Year, Overall Bluegrass Band of the Year, Banjo Player of the Year, and Promoter of the Year.

The group just released their 6th studio album entitled “LIVE at the Bluegrass Ramble”, featuring a one-hour show from Bill Knowlton’s 41st Bluegrass Ramble Picnic at Dyer Memorial Park in Little York, NY.

Click here to see their video medley!

Check out their website at https://www.remingtonryde.com/main-page and find them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Remington-Ryde-206393889536/.

CHRIS JONES & THE NIGHT DRIVERS

TODAY’S FEATURED 2018 DANBY FESTIVAL BAND:
CHRIS JONES & THE NIGHT DRIVERS

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Do we have any SiriusXM fans out there? If you listen to channel 62, Bluegrass Junction, you’ve no doubt heard Chris hosting and performing! What a thrill to have this internationally acclaimed band on the Danby stage! Here’s a little information on the band and a link to their video of “I’m a Wanderer”. Enjoy! ~bbv

Whether it’s in the studio or on stage, Chris Jones & The Night Drivers are making some of the most distinctively elegant yet driving music to be heard anywhere today, and they’re delivering it with a unique blend of dry wit, emotional authenticity and broad humor that’s won the loyalty of a growing number of fans across the country, from Merlefest in North Carolina to California’s Huck Finn Jubilee, and around the world.

Steve Martin referred to the Night Drivers as “. . . some of the best players in bluegrass! Chris Jones’ voice is there with the great masters.”

The band is led by Chris’ soulful lead-singing, songwriting, and solid rhythm and lead guitar. Chris boasts extensive performance credits as a sideman with artists like Lynn Morris, Vassar Clements, Special Consensus, Dave Evans, Earl Scruggs, and the acclaimed Irish band The Chieftains. Mark Stoffel, who is originally from Munich, Germany, has a mandolin style that perfectly fits the band sound with his beautiful tone, taste, and rhythmic sense. Jon Weisberger, whose playing has made him a sought-after fill-in bass player in Nashville with The Del McCoury Band, the Roland White Band, Larry Cordle, and others, anchors the band’s strong rhythmic foundation. Newest member, Gina Clowes, a driving and innovative banjo player, and another contributor of original material, hails from Front Royal, VA. Mountain Home recently signed her as a solo artist as well, releasing her critically acclaimed album, “True Colors.”

The band is also becoming known as a songwriter’s bluegrass band, with Weisberger and Jones now co-writing many of the band’s current songs, and all four members contributing material. Jon has had over 200 of his songs recorded by various other artists as well, from The Infamous Stringdusters to Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, including numerous #1 songs. Chris and Jon are both IBMA award-winning songwriters, Jon being the 2012 Songwriter of the Year, and Chris taking home the trophy for the 2007 Song of the Year for “Fork in the Road.” Altogether, members of Chris Jones & The Night Drivers have won nine IBMA awards and have recorded ten #1 songs, including two from their latest Mountain Home album “Made to Move.”

The Night Drivers also bring name recognition in related fields, as bluegrass fans are well-familiar with Jones for his award-winning work as a SiriusXM DJ, on both Bluegrass Junction and Willie’s Roadhouse. Meanwhile, Jon Weisberger is heard weekly as co-host and producer of Bluegrass Junction’s “Hand Picked with Del McCoury.”

Click here for their video, “I’m a Wanderer”!

Check out their website at http://www.chrisjonesgrass.com/ and find them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CJNightDrivers/.