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Alan Doyle, actor, producer, newly-minted best-selling author, and bestknown as lead singer for Newfoundland’s beloved Great Big Sea these past 20+ years, released his second solo album, So Let’s Go, in January 2015. Title-track lead single So Let’s Go, is a rousing rallying cry that’s only further proof of Doyle’s ability to draw the listener under his banner. Equally adept at drawing a crowd, Doyle & the Beautiful Gypsies are taking their energetic show across Canada and the US in early 2016. A taste of the live show can be seen in Doyle’s video for “1,2,3,4” featuring Barenaked Ladies’ Ed Robertson.
Made in collaboration with Thomas ‘Tawgs’ Salter (Lights, Walk Off The
Earth), Jerrod Bettis (Adele, Serena Ryder), Gordie Sampson (Keith Urban, Willie Nelson), and Joe Zook (OneRepublic, Katy Perry), the album follows Doyle’s first solo outing, Boy On Bridge, released in 2012. “If there’s an over-arching theme on this record, it’s one of optimism…not that this is in contrast to my previous doom-laden songs!” laughs Doyle, who says this album is freer than Boy On Bridge in the respect of being open to all influences. “On my last solo record I wanted to explore musical backyards of friends of mine in different parts of the musical world. It was as much a physical as a musical journey away from home. On So Let’s Go, folks will hear much more stuff from my backyard and all the traditional and Celtic influences I grew up with, married with the most contemporary collaborators out there.” A nontraditional marriage for Doyle was writing his first book simultaneously with the album, the best-selling memoir Where I Belong, released in late 2014.
The album’s eponymous song is consistent with Alan Doyle’s ethos: we’re lucky to be here so let’s make the most of it. This spirit also infuses the heartfelt Take Us Home while Sins of a Saturday Night celebrates a come-what-may approach. The album also gets reflective in moments, such as the plaintive Laying Down To Perish, inspired by a visit to Fogo Island. As a whole, So Let’s Go remains consistent with Alan Doyle’s enthusiasm for the wider world combined with a love for the comfort of home.
Alan Doyle hails from Petty Harbour, NL, and formed Great Big Sea in 1993 with Sean McCann, Bob Hallett, and Darrell Power, in which they fused traditional Newfoundland music with their own pop sensibilities. Their nine albums, double-disc hits retrospective, and two DVD releases have been declared Gold or Platinum and have sold a combined 1.2 million copies in Canada. So Let’s Go continues to cement Alan Doyle’s reputation as one of our country’s most treasured musicians and storytellers. “I always want people to have the greatest night of their life when the house lights go down.”
Asbury Hall at Babeville - Buffalo, NY
with Cactus Blossoms
What a difference three years makes. Lucius went from being the five-piece Rolling Stone claimed was the “Best Band you’ve never heard of” to the group you can’t get enough of.
Fronted by the sleek and compelling look-alike twosome of Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig and backed by their counterpart bandmates Dan Molad, Pete Lalish and Andy Burri, Lucius spent more than 250 days on the road in the past year. They’ve sold out shows big and small, headlined all over the US and Europe, played slots at Bonnaroo, Newport Folk Festival, Lollapalooza, End of The Road, Reading and Leeds Festivals and more and shared the stage with a variety of musicians including Roger Waters, Jack White, Mavis Staples, Jeff Tweedy, Sara Bareilles, The Head and the Heart, Tegan and Sara and David Byrne.
The band’s uphill ascent began when Jess and Holly crossed paths while at college in Boston; more than 10 years ago, Lucius started making music and hasn’t stopped since. Along the way they’ve become NPR darlings, grist for Britain’s prestigious Guardian and favorites of the Nobel-prize winning New York Times columnist Paul Krugman. Since the critically acclaimed release of their 2013 debut LP Wildewoman they have built a stunningly loyal following, and share an intimate bond with their fans. It’s not uncommon to see Lucius doppelgängers in the crowd.
Sitting with Jess and Holly to discuss the band’s sonically-grand and emotionally-honest sophomore release Good Grief, the first thing that strikes you when you meet the frontwomen of Lucius is how fine-boned and delicate they both are. But even more striking is that they don’t actually look alike once you see them offstage. Their builds are markedly different: Jess is curvy, with a generous mouth and eyes that tilt up at the corners; Holly is willowy and angular, serious and with the pale complexion that conjures up the image of a Nordic princess.
But despite the six-inch disparity in their height on stage you could swear they were identical. Of course it helps that they always dress exactly alike, their hair is the same style and shade — right now a warm curry red — and they sing in a strong unison, doubling their high, clear voices and creating a third sound that is as unnerving as it is lovely, like two mirrors, creating an infinite number of reflections that reveal as much as they obscure.
“We wanted to feel like we were transforming ourselves and going into a different head space while performing,” Jess says. “In some way I think what we do is like a fantasy. We wanted to take people along with us for a ride. We wanted to present that visually so when you look at us you’re seeing what you’re hearing."
What you’re hearing (and seeing) when Lucius takes the stage are two voices becoming one. The band’s distinctive play on duality showcases Jess and Holly’s powerful voices at the center — bolstered and surrounded by the mathematically precise drumming of Dan with the graceful, chiming guitars of Pete and Andy. Together the quintet create a sound the New Yorker calls “seemingly impossible with flawless grace that brings delicate beauty to even the most bombastic moments.”
The recordings on Lucius’ second studio album Good Grief mirror the band’s distinguishing on-stage configuration. One shared figure 8 mic serves as an anchor for conversation between the band’s lead duo, which has resulted in the 11 raw and often heart wrenching songs you hear on the album. Among these is the explosive track “Gone Insane,” which gives a direct look into one of the few arguments between Jess and Holly.
“Some songs really feel like an expulsion of emotions, beyond your control,” Holly says. “The writing of ‘Gone Insane’ was based on the feeling after one of those loose cannon type of heated fights, with helplessness and rage hitting you in alternating waves.”
“But maybe the perfect description of this song comes in the recording process,” Jess adds. “Holly and I have seen maybe three arguments in the past 12 years. But perhaps the biggest of all, came the day we were to record this song. Emotions were running high, and at some point, Holly blew up at me. In shock, I yelled back and we both stormed off.
“This was a prime example of our partnership because a short while later she returned, we apologized, hugged and immediately went to record. It was just the two of us in the dark. There was no plan for vocal arrangement, we wanted to use the intensity of the moment and go for it. The ‘falling off’ part at the end of the song was completely organic, the two of us screaming into the same mic, losing it, together, in song form, as the lyrics suggest. “
“It was definitely one of those magic studio moments you can't quite explain,” Holly finishes.
A majority of the tracks on Good Grief fall in line with the overarching theme of discovering the goodness that can come from any hardship. The album proves to be a release for the band both physically and emotionally, after experiencing the highs and lows of being on the road for almost two years, the band moved to Los Angeles from Brooklyn where the album was recorded during the spring and early summer of 2015 at Grammy-winning engineer and producer Shawn Everett’s studio.
However, a few songs including the first single “Born Again Teen” became what Holly describes as something like “the antithesis of the other things that we were working on, to give ourselves some relief."
From the first swooping, synthy intro of “Something About You” to the alarm-clock menace of “What We Have (To Change),” there’s a sense that these expertly wrought pop songs are full of emotional depth.
They veer from sassy, soul-drenched vocals to glitzy rhythmic pop to songs that call up the charm and crushed innocence of '60s girl groups, but in the end there is no comparison to the dark secrets Jess and Holly convey when they put their two voices together.
“There are songs here that are deeply personal and emotional, and in a way we’ve exposed ourselves to reveal parts that are fragile, maybe even a little broken, but not destroyed,” Jess says. “There’s certainly a little bit of humor, and there’s also a lot of truth and sadness."
The lyrics of Good Grief read like personal journal entries because the friendship and writing partnership established between the band’s cofounders has given the women of Lucius an outlet to express their unusually parallel experiences.
“I always say Holly’s been the healthiest and longest relationship I’ve ever had,” Jess says.
That relationship has clearly blossomed musically into a many-faceted, enthralling sound and image sure to resonate deeply with music lovers everywhere.
The Haunt - Ithaca, NY
with Road Man
The legendary Wailers band is bringing its revolutionary sound and message to faithful fans around the world. Steered by acclaimed bassist and founder Aston “Familyman” Barrett, and joined in solidarity by original Wailers’ lead guitarists Junior Marvin and Donald Kinsey, the reunited Wailers band is on the brink of musical history! These Wailers guarantee to deliver music and talent perfected over decades on the road and in the studio. Original members welcome the new-generation talents of drummer Aston Barrett Jr., Familyman’s multi-talented son who has perfected the distinctive style of his uncle, Wailers co-founder and innovative drummer, Carlton “Carly” Barrett; the solid roots Rasta vocals of US-born lead singer and rhythm guitarist Josh Barrett; and the polished background vocalist Sheema McGregor, daughter of famed I-Three singer Judy Mowatt and Reggae pioneer Freddie McGregor. Accompanying the legends and children-of-legends on stage are Javaughn Bond on keyboards, who has played with Stephen Marley’s son Jo Mersa; and guitarist Owen “Dreadie” Reid, a former student of Familyman who also plays bass with Julian Marley’s Uprising band. Sound engineer is Dennis Thompson, the veteran live engineer who traveled the world with Bob Marley & The Wailers, and the man responsible for many BMW-song dub mixes. Bob Marley & The Wailers have recorded 11 albums, and toured and performed before millions of fans in numerous countries. They have claim to nearly a half billion Bob Marley & The Wailers records sold since the early 70s, including 1977’s Exodus, declared Best Album of the Century in 1999 by Time Magazine. The BBC named “One Love” Song of the Millennium the same year, while the New York Times named Bob Marley the most significant musician of the century, while Rolling Stone magazine name Bob Marley & The Wailers Band of the Year in 1976. All of these accolades were made possible with the Wailers band creation of, and participation in, timeless, distinctive music, intricate arrangements, and lyrics that told a story and touched fans everywhere. Since Bob Marley’s untimely passing in 1981, Familyman vowed to keep a promise he made to his leader and friend – that he would hold the band together and maintain the quality of music. The message is still Burnin’, the Exodus of Jah people continues, Uprising and Survival remain the call to fans. The incomparable Wailers are coming to Babylon by Bus, to rock the stage, to bring the magic and message of Roots Rasta Reggae. It’s a Rastaman Vibration, a slice of music history you must not miss.
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“fiery brass- and gospel-infused funk” - LA Times “…stick-to-your-ribs style rock…” - Wall Street Journal “Sister Sparrow, Arleigh Kincheloe’s nom de disque, is a soul queen with a voice strong and raspy enough to compete with riffing horns and clipped funk beats.” - Washington Post “…frontwoman Arleigh Kincheloe has one of the biggest voices in the soul-funk business. Prepare to be blown away.” - Baltimore Sun “What do you get when you cross Amy Winehouse and Tina Turner with Mick Jagger…?” - Glamour ”Arleigh Kincheloe…presides over eight musicians with smoldering intensity, and her body language is as sly and stirring as her bluesy voice” - New Yorker What It’s All About: Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds is an eight-piece powerhouse that puts a modern spin on classic soul. The band is led by Arleigh Kincheloe (Sister Sparrow), whose astoundingly powerful voice and sly demeanor make for a spellbinding presence onstage. She is backed by the mighty force of The Dirty Birds, a flock of seven men who masterfully lay down thundering grooves and soaring melodies. While each of the Birds are capable of lighting up the stage with jaw-dropping displays of musicianship, it’s clear they’re focused on delivering the band’s infectious music as a single entity. Simply put, the band’s live show is explosive. The Latest 2012 was a breakout year for the eight piece soul/rock outfit Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds. The band closed out the year with two nights of opening for Gov’t Mule, which included a night at the famed Beacon Theatre in New York. They played more than 150 shows in 35 states for the second year in a row, and their high-energy show is in high demand after scorching sets at festivals as Bonnaroo, Mountain Jam’s main stage, the Voodoo Experience, and the Clearwater Jazz Holiday, where they opened for The Avett Brothers. The year included a number of accolades for the band – selling out the Independent in San Francisco with Rebirth Brass Band, opening for Fitz and the Tantrums, Counting Crows, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, and a three week run with Allen Stone that culminated in an Austin City Limits late night set. In February, they played a Midnight Ramble at Levon Helm’s studios, where they shared the stage with Warren Haynes (Allman Brothers, Gov’t Mule) and Donald Fagen (Steely Dan). Band History The band’s journey is steeped in family and life-long friendships. Dynamic singer and front-woman Sister Sparrow first began penning tunes in the alleyways and back roads between New York City and the Catskill Mountains as a teenager. Though already aided and abetted by her harmonica-shredding brother Jackson, it was clear to her that a large, powerful band was needed to do justice to the songs she was crafting. The brother and sister team called upon their cousin Bram, a California-bred drummer of considerable prowess, to help them assemble a super-band of epic proportions. Bram brought in childhood friends J.J. Byars (alto saxophone) and Ryan Snow (trombone), and Ryan called upon baritone saxophonist and close friend Johnny Butler. The trumpet chair changed hands until March 2011, when the addition of trumpeter Phil Rodriguez solidified the unstoppable force of the virtuosic Dirty Birds’ horns. The rhythm section was filled out by guitarist Sasha Brown and bassist Aidan Carroll, a thundering tandem that proved to be the perfect engineers of the hard-driving, bare-knuckle grooves that propel this ferocious group. The band first got together in September 2008. It was evident from the start that the deep connections among its members translated directly to the music they made together. While Sister Sparrow is the principal songwriter and unifying voice of the band, the entire band has always worked collaboratively on arrangements. The result is musical creativity and diversity seldom seen in groups of this size and character. By the middle of 2009, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds were packing New York’s Rockwood Music Hall every Saturday night, holding down a five-month-long residency that built them a reputation for being one of the funkiest, tightest groups in the city. With the strength of their live show in mind, the band recorded its debut album (released in November 2010) at a single twelve hour session at New York’s famed Avatar Studios. When the band embarked on their first tour at the end of April 2011, they set out with the mission of taking the country by storm. By the end of the year, they had driven over 50,000 miles to play 150 shows in 28 states. They exploded onto the scene, opening for Dr. John, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, and the Soul Rebels Brass Band, and appeared at such festivals as Gathering of the Vibes, Bear Creek, and late night at Jazz Fest in New Orleans. The band is building a following the old-fashioned way – and the demand for their infectious music has kept them on a relentless tour schedule across the country. Fueled by the band’s boundless energy, every show turns into a wild dance party, and the Dirty Birds are establishing a rabid following of fans eager to receive a potent dose of good times, delivered by the band night after night. Sister Sparrow’s commanding stage presence alone is more than enough to dazzle audiences, but the magic doesn’t end with her: the band’s palpable camaraderie, undeniable talent and passion for music makes for a contagious combination that is taking the country by storm. Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds’ blend of seductive soul and dirty blues-rock reminds audiences why they love live music. Band Members: Arleigh Kincheloe – vocals Jackson Kincheloe – harmonica Bram Kincheloe – drums Sasha Brown – guitar Josh Myers – bass Phil Rodriguez – trumpet Ryan Snow – trombone Brian Graham – baritone sax More From the Press: “They may be from Brooklyn, but the fiery brass- and gospel-infused funk emanating from Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds is rooted in Memphis soul. Their rhythmic wheelhouse combines big-city grit and down-home sweetness with a little bit of Americana twang.” – LA Times “If you’ve had a hankering to get down and dirty with some funky old soul, then this nonet, featuring powerhouse vocalist Arleigh Kincheloe and Berklee grad Sasha Brown on guitar, may have just what you need” - Boston Globe “‘Band On The Verge’… the nine-person, horn-driven band prove that they can swagger as well as skank—and get bluesy and torchy when they need to.” – Relix “a seriously funky collective capable of bringing elements of deep soul, New Orleans funk, Stax/Memphis stylings and earthy R&B together in a manner that makes the sentient mammal want to shake it” - Buffalo News “…rollicking blend of soul, funk and backwoods Americana rock ’n’ roll, which draws even indifferent hipsters onto the dance floor.” - New York Daily News “’Make It Rain’, Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds Funky horns and Arleigh Kincheloe’s sultry, sassy vocals propel this track from new ‘Pound of Dirt.’” – The Playlist: USA Today “The forefront of soul/funk bands to be recognized” - MusicMarauders.com “…this nine-piece soul-rock crew does red-hot and brassy ‘60’s soul with a scraggly blues edge.” – M Music & Musicians Magazine
Academy of Music - Northampton, MA
In describing Henry Rollins, the tendency is to try to squeeze as many labels as possible into a single sentence. “Rollins is many things,” says the Washington Post, “diatribist, confessor, provocateur, humorist, even motivational speaker…his is an enthusiastic and engaging chatter.” Entertainment Weekly’s list includes “Punk Rock icon. Spoken word poet. Actor. Author. DJ. Is there anything this guy can’t do?” TV Guide has more concisely called him a “Renaissance Man” but if Henry Rollins could be reduced to a single word, that word would undoubtedly be “workaholic.” When he’s not traveling, Rollins prefers a to keep a relentless schedule full of work, with gigs as an actor, author, DJ, voice-over artist and TV show host to name a few of the roles that keep his schedule full.
Rollins has toured the world as a spoken word artist, as frontman for both Rollins Band and Black Flag and as a solitary traveler with insatiable curiosity, favoring road-less-traveled locales in places such as Nepal, Sri Lanka, Siberia, North Korea, South Sudan and Iran.
Henry currently hosts a weekly radio show on L.A.’s renowned NPR affiliate KCRW, in addition to writing weekly columns for the LA Weekly and Rolling Stone Australia. In 2013, after previously anchoring shows for IFC and National Geographic, Henry joined the History Channel’s H2 network as host of the TV show 10 Things You Don’t Know About. In 2014, Henry received the prestigious Ray Bradbury Creativity Award in recognition for his lifelong contribution to the arts, his passion for social activism, as well as his intense passion for the importance of maintaining books and libraries.
Henry is well known for his popular spoken word performances, or “talking shows” as he calls them, are a seamless (yet seemingly extemporaneous) mix of political commentary and personal anecdote, full of humor, outrage, pop culture, along with a healthy dose of skepticism.
The Haunt - Ithaca, NY
with Royal Teeth & Swimming With Bears
Our five piece rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1999 and after playing the Sunset Strip clubs and self producing EPs for a couple of years, we made our self titled major label debut and hit the road. We travelled all over the U.S., the U.K. and even made it as far as Japan. We toured with Weezer, The Strokes, Sloan, The Sounds, The Donnas, Travis, Keane and many others.
After our first record reached nearly gold status and yielded two successful singles, we retreated to L.A. where, after many hold ups, we recorded "Calling the World" over three weeks time. We then toured the world for another year and half with an eclectic bunch of artists including Ben Lee and The Polyphonic Spree. Our first single off the record climbed to number 1 in Germany and subsequently took us all over Europe multiple times.
2009 found us back in L.A. recording and experimenting in our new home studios while transitioning into a new label situation. We formed our own record label "California Dreamin'" and released our "Wild One" e.p. at the end of 2009 and our 3rd full length release "Eureka!" in June of 2010. Since then, we've enjoyed touring with The Crash Kings, The Young Veins, Black Gold, Hanson, and Eisley. We are currently enjoying our return to the independent spirit upon which we were founded and are looking back at a career which now spans over a decade. Thank you to all of our friends and fans who have taken the trip with us...we play for you.
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Plastic Nebraska‘s music instills in its listeners three things. One is often a sense of uncomfortable wonder mixed with empathic pity. A brow-furrowed head-tilted sick sad voyeurism. The other is a pasty, trancedancing introspective wiped on underneath a sly smile. The third is shared like a good couch on a winter movie night: It is the dichotomy of a vague certainty: “Why do I like this?” A slippery something wrapped up in your new favorite food that you’re lucky to get half of. Part of their fanbase fancies themselves thinkers, though they aren’t quite sure if it is not just pretension. The other half just likes to dance. The music steeps itself in deep emotion not well disguised as a plain utilitarian asphalt sidewalk. The dual lead vocals works like Siamese twins. Each wants to go somewhere separately, but they will of course end up in the same place. They pull, softly, so as not to tire themselves. They are very well aware of their predicament. One wants to go to the zoo, and one to the pool. So, together they go to the kwikee mart. They are most certainly not a unique mix of reggae, rock, cajun, country, zydeco and folk. Instead they are looked over and around, like a family of freaks on a blanket at a Dave Matthews concert. They are an embarrassing secret, that once shared with like afflicted, great comfort is taken, and regional support groups are formed. A time-release perception pill filled with goodies but coated with a sour bitter gelatin. The band has no particular philosophies to depart, for they do not understand their position to be of any importance. It is but a hobby to most of them, and it is this indifference that is so damn enjoyable to witness. They make the crowd come to them.
The Haunt - Ithaca, NY
with Big Thief and Underground River
Greta Kline’s musical output as Frankie Cosmos exemplifies the generation of musicians born out of online self-releasing. Kline initially built a reputation with her prolific catalog of bedroom recordings and as a performer and advocate of New York’s All Ages DIY scene. The beauty in Kline’s writing does not lie within immense statements and large gestures, but instead can be found in her ability to examine situations and relationships with heartbreaking sincerity. In 2014 Kline released her first studio album, Zentropy. Within months of its release, Zentropy became one of the most critically acclaimed independent albums of the year and was named New York Magazine’s #1 Pop album of 2014. In 2015 Kline signed to Bayonet Records, immediately releasing an EP where she experimented with writing in an electronic setting. The EP Fit Me In was well received and garnered a Best New Track from Pitchfork. Kline then began recording her next album appropriately titled, Next Thing. Like Zentropy, Kline approached Next Thing by fleshing out several old home recordings, and by writing half of the album from scratch. Next Thing explores new emotional and instrumental territory for Kline, and is slated for release April 1st on Bayonet Records.
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All original, six-piece moxy rock band The Blind Spots, steered by magnetic songstress Maddy Walsh, has been actively touring in support of tits third studio album release, RHIZOMATIC, performing at music festivals, colleges, and clubs all over the country. Touted by Upstate NY music critic Jim Catalano as “wildly inventive” and “the next big thing to put our region on the map,” the band has been making a splash with an electrifying, high energy live performance, soaring female vocals, a library of modern and vintage key sounds, bold and inventive electric guitar stylings, and an incomparably tight rhythm section. The key to the band’s successes so far?—FUN! “If we not having fun doing this, we’d be crazy…and we’d also be doing it all wrong,” said Walsh. Keep an eye on The Blind Spots as they’re well on their way to earning a rich cache of new devotees.
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“Early Roman Kings: The Music of Bob Dylan” features music from over half a century of insanely creative music –
from the very beginning to the present, with a whole lot in between. As Jimmy Carter said at the 2015 Music Cares
Grammy event, where Dylan received the Person of the Year Award: “There’s no doubt his words on peace and human
rights are much more incisive and much more powerful and much more permanent than those of any President of the
United States”. That side of his mercurial career and many others will be mined for hidden gems as well as the mother
lode hits. Early Roman Kings are: Tony Trischka/banjo, pedal steel; Stash Wyslouch/guitar, vocals; Sean
Trischka/drums, vocals; Jared Engel/bass.
Tony Trischka is considered to be one of the most influential banjo players in the roots music world. A 2012
United States Artists Friends Fellow, Trischka has, for more than 45 years, inspired generations of bluegrass
and acoustic musicians with the many innovative and historical voices he has brought to the instrument.
A native of Syracuse, NY, Trischka's interest in the five-string banjo was sparked by the Kingston Trio's
"Charlie and the MTA" in 1963, the very same year, as a young teen, he was introduced to Bob Dylan – literally
and figuratively. Trischka’s banjo teacher brought him to a Dylan show in Syracuse, and he has remained a
huge fan ever since.
A multiple Grammy nominee, Trischka has recorded 17 solo albums in addition to another 17 group albums,
and has appeared on countless recordings by other artists. He has collaborated with banjoists Bela Fleck,
Steve Martin, Earl Scruggs, Pete Seeger, Alison Brown and Noam Pikelny, among others, and has worked with
as diverse a group as Tony Rice, David Grisman, Mike Seeger, Charles Osgood, John Goodman, Larry
Campbell, Michael Daves, John Denver, William S. Burroughs and the Korean Symphony.
The 2011 PBS documentary Give Me the Banjo was co-produced by Trischka, who was also the film’s Musical
Director. In the same year, he produced Steve Martin’s Grammy nominated Rare Bird Alert (Rounder), which
features performances by Paul McCartney, the Dixie Chicks and the Steep Canyon Rangers.
As Band Leader and performer for The Public Theatre’s Shakespeare in the Park 2012 production of As You
Like It, he placed the banjo in an even rarer context. (Mr. Trischka did not wear tights.)
In 2014 he released two albums, Rounder Records’ Great Big World and his second collection of holiday tunes,
Of a Winter’s Night, a self-released album recorded live at Levon Helm’s barn.
Tony continues to maintain a national and international touring schedule. For these “Early Roman Kings: The
Music of Bob Dylan” shows, he is thrilled to play some tunes by a musical hero he met over 50 years ago, in
honor of the artist’s 75th birthday. He’s equally thrilled to be enjoying this experience with Sean Trischka,
Stash Wyslouch, and Jared Engel, brilliant musicians and fun guys!
Boston-based Stash Wyslouch is one of bluegrass’ great young genre-bending pioneers. He got his start as a guitarist in
metal bands before immersing himself in the structures of roots music as a member of progressive bluegrass act, The
Deadly Gentlemen. Now paving his own way as a solo artist with a new group, Bluegrass and Metal collide to form an
original, honest and thoughtful sound. His debut album, “Stash!” (2015), features 19 original songs and a stellar band
including Sean Trischka on Drums and Vocals, Duncan Wickel on Fiddle and Noam Wiesenberg on Bass.
Since graduating from the Berklee College of Music in 2010, Stash has toured with a variety of acts, most notably with
The Deadly Gentlemen. He also went on a US-State department sponsored tour with The Earth Stringband in 2011,
becoming the first all-American band to play in the Southeast Asian country of Timor-Leste.
Stash has shared the stage with The Del McCoury band, David Grisman, The Yonder Mountain Stringband, Sarah
Jarosz, Chris Thile, Peter Rowan, Michael Daves, Darol Anger, Greensky Bluegrass, The Infamous Stringdusters, and
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“Drummist” and singer-songwriter Sean Trischka, a 2015 Berklee College of Music graduate, was raised in a musically-
rich household. To quote his website:
My name is Sean Trischka. I write songs, sing, play the drums, and wear pants. I'm currently living in Boston,
MA (hometown of Whitey Bulger and birthplace of New Kids On The Block).
In the past few years I've been fortunate enough to perform and/or record with The Deadly Gentlemen, Oteil
Burbridge (The Allman Brothers Band), members of Lake Street Dive, Darol Anger, Sam Bush, Victor Wooten,
Julian Lage and many others.
Yes, my mother is the Assunta Trischka. I get asked that a lot so I figured I'd just clear it up now.
Here’s what Stash says: "Sean Trischka grew up with banjo as his soundtrack, smashes the shit out of the drums, and
writes catchy tunes that stick in your head like Beyonce’s last hit. On his first record as a band leader, “The Shuffle,” Sean
stirs up a melting pot of brilliant musicians creating a groovy dancing sound with soulful vocals and lyrics, pulsing rhythm
guitar and soaring melodies and harmonies."
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Jared Engel is an upright bassist and four-string banjoist who is in high demand in the New York Metropolitan area. His
involvement in a wide array of musical groups is astonishing, as he is equally at home in all of them: Bluegrass,
Appalachian Old Time and so much jazz: New Orleans style, traditional, hot jazz, swing, you name it. He performs
intimate venues and at large, world-renowned music festivals. Where there’s great music, there’s Jared Engel. Like the
other Early Roman Kings, he’s performed with each of them, but never all together as a group – he’s stoked to be doing it
now to the tunes of Bob Dylan.
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