Oldtone 2019 Artists
Sponsored by Big Elm Beer
Formed in in 2009, Tuba Skinny has steadily evolved from a loose collection of street musicians into a solid ensemble dedicated to bringing the traditional New Orleans sound to audiences around the world. Drawing on a wide range of musical influences—from spirituals to Depression-era blues, from ragtime to traditional jazz—their sound evokes the rich musical heritage of their New Orleans home. The band has gained a loyal following through their distinctive sound, their commitment to reviving long-lost songs, and their barnstorming live performances.
Sponsored by Columbia Memorial Hospital
Alice Gerrard is known for her groundbreaking collaboration with Appalachian singer Hazel Dickens during the 1960s and ’70s.
Alice’s four solo albums were released to critical acclaim in Billboard, Bluegrass Unlimited, and New Country. Her album, Follow the Music was nominated for a 2015 Grammy. In 2017 Alice was inducted into the IBMA Hall of Fame along with Hazel Dickens.
The Piedmont Melody Makers are Jim Watson, Chris Brashear, and Cliff Hale, who play old-time, country and bluegrass music and make no apologies for it.
Sponsored by Herrington’s
The Foghorn Stringband is the present day gold standard for real-deal hard-hitting genuine old-time American string band music, with eight albums, thousands of shows, over 15 years of touring under their belts. Foghorn Stringband draws from old-time, bluegrass, classic country, and Cajun music traditions. The Foghorn Stringband is –Caleb Klauder (vocals, mandolin, fiddle) , Reeb Willms (vocals, guitar), Nadine Landry (vocals, upright bass) , Stephen ‘Sammy’ Lind (vocals, fiddle, banjo)
Bruce Molsky is one of the most revered “multi-hyphenated career” ambassadors for America’s old-time mountain music. For decades, he’s been a globetrotting performer and educator, a recording artist with an expansive discography including seven solo albums, well over a dozen collaborations and two Grammy-nominations.
Allison de Groot combines love for old-time music, technical skill and a creative approach to the banjo forming her own sound – unique and full of personality. Her collaborations with Tatiana Hargreaves, Bruce Molsky’s trio Molsky's Mountain Drifters, The Goodbye Girls and Nic Gariess provide spaces to explore the role and depth of clawhammer banjo.
Hailing from the mountains of East Tennessee, Alex Leach is the sound of a new generation. His style brings the respect, honor, and feel from music of the "good ol' days" and mixes it with an updated twist. With influences ranging from The Stanley Brothers to The Beach Boys, and Curtis Mayfield to Porter Wagoner, Alex Leach's music is sure to delight, inspire, and get you out of your seat. The band members; Alex Leach (guitar and vocals? not sure his bio does not actually say) (Brandon Masur (banjo), JT Coleman (bass), Robert Russell (fiddle, mandolin), Jackie Wilburn (guitar)
Although still in his 30s, Jerron Paxton has earned a reputation for transporting audiences back to the 1920's and making them wish they could stay there for good. He may be one of the greatest multi-instrumentalists that you have not heard of. Yet.
Paxton sings and plays banjo, guitar, piano, fiddle, harmonica, Cajun accordion, and the bones (percussion). Paxton has an eerie ability to transform traditional jazz, blues, folk, and country into the here and now, and make it real with his humor and storytelling.
Sponsored by Chatham Real Food Co-op
Roochie Toochie and the Ragtime Shephard Kings share a love of antiquated pop tunes and perform the weirdest songs from the early days of tin pan alley. These old songs give a voice to a bygone era and are historical documents of their time. We aim to mine the zaniest and most obscure songs from the early 20th century and record them for a new audience to underscore both the absurdity and importance of popular music in American history.
Timmy Findlen (ukulele) Lindsay McCaw (fiddle), Matt Bell (guitar), Joy Patterson (kazoo and washboard)
Sponsored by Prairie Whale
Jesse Lége brings traditional, foot-stompin’ Cajun dance hall music from the dusty back roads of southwest Louisiana, coast to coast and around the world. His hard driving style of accordion play and his powerful voice will get even the most staid listener up on the dance floor.
Vocalist of the Year, Band of the Year, Song of the Year (for "Mémoires Dans Mon Coeur"); in nearly 40 years of playing, singing and living Cajun music, Jesse Lege has seen and done it all.
Sponsored by Williams Lumber
The Down Hill Strugglers is an old time string band based simultaneously out of Kentucky, Louisiana and New York. They have released an album on Smithsonian Folkways Recordings and are featured on the soundtrack to the Coen Brothers film, "Inside Llewyn Davis" produced by T-Bone Burnett. The Down Hill Strugglers band formed while hanging out at the home of their mutual friend Peter Stampfel of the Holy Modal Rounders, where they also met friend and mentor John Cohen of the New Lost City Ramblers. The band is: Walker Shepard - fiddle, banjo, guitar, harmonica, voice; Jackson Lynch - fiddle, banjo, guitar, voice; Eli Smith - banjo, guitar, mandolin, harmonica, Jews harp, pump organ, voice. They are often joined by John Cohen - banjo, guitar, mandolin, voice, brain
Travis Stuart began playing the banjo as a boy in Haywood County North Carolina. A respected banjo player and multi-instrumentalist known for his rich style and solid accompaniment. Travis has toured the US and internationally with The Stuart Brothers, Dirk Powell Band, Riley Baugus, the Reeltime Travelers, Martha Scanlan and step dancer Ira Bernstein. Travis learned from old-time masters such as Red Wilson, the Smathers Family, and Byard Ray. He teaches Old-Time music with East Tennessee State University’s Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Studies.
Sponsored by Harney Tea
Tamar Korn's distinctive yet classic vocal sound flows easily through old time Americana, Bluegrass, or Yiddish traditionals, all the way to Hot Jazz and Swing. Her love is of singing songs both lyrically as well as playing her voice "instrumentally" with an unsurpassed ability to match the timbres of surrounding horns, fiddles, or percussion. Tamar's formative years were with one of the pioneers of New York hot jazz revival, The Cangelosi Cards, and she now leads her own band, A Kornucopia. Tamar is a founding member of both The Brain Cloud and The Grand St. Stompers.
Sponsored by No Depression
Rose gained national prominence with the release of 2017’s ‘This Time Last Night,’ an debut that prompted Fader to praise her “honest, gorgeous country songs” and rave that “her voice has a pitched-up June Carter quality, her melodies are simple like Jimmie Rodgers’s, and her tone is reminiscent of bluesy, lovelorn greats like Rex Griffin and Patsy Cline.” Rose has played the Savannah Stopover and AmericanaFest. She has performed with The Punch Brothers, Pokey Lafarge, and The Deslondes, and fellow Detroit native Jack White on his ‘Boarding House Reach’ album.
Sponsored by Race Brook Lodge
Hailing from Lafayette area to New Orleans, this female-fronted Cajun band brings influences ranging from early-era Cajun standards performed with twin fiddles and haunting vocal harmonies sung in Louisiana French to today’s Cajun hits.
Formed out of old friendships and a love for traditional-style Cajun music, The Daiquiri Queens is Lafayette’s hottest new French Cajun band. With a deep appreciation for the music and culture, the Daiquiri Queens are here to stay. Jamie Lynn Fontenot, Miriam McCracken, Chelsea Moosekian, Sabra Guzman, John Dowden, Tysman Charpentier
Will Mentor is a contra and square dance caller from Northern Vermont known for his clear teaching, upbeat wit, and relaxed stage presence. He loves to choreograph evenings with a variety of dances and tempos that at times surprise and always delight, all the while keeping intact his guiding principle as a caller: "It's about the dancers!"
Sponsored by Svendale Brewing Co.
From rollicking fiddle breakdowns to mountain ballads to hillbilly blues, the energetic old-time string band Run Mountain breathes new life into American roots music. Run Mountain combines the talents of three accomplished musicians (Paula Bradley, Jim Burns & Pete Killeen) into an exciting and engaging trio featuring powerful vocals accompanied by banjo, fiddle, guitar, mandolin and banjo uke, with flatfoot dancing to boot. They'll put some pep in your step!
Redwood Hill is a group of friends who have banded together to pay tribute to Bluegrass music’s legendary Country Gentlemen, a group highly acclaimed as one of the most important progressive bands for their unique blend of Folk and Bluegrass music.Keith Edwards - Guitar & Vocals, Lillian Fraker - Bass & Vocals, Dave Shaw - Banjo & Vocals, Dave Orlomoski - Mandolin & Vocals
The Russet Trio makes its home in the Hudson Valley where they play a variety of traditional string band music. They have become a highly sought-after ensemble throughout the Northeast and beyond for contra and square dances, weddings and festivals. Their music blends traditional Appalachian and Celtic music with a generous amount of swing, syncopation, high energy and groove. You’re gonna wanta get up and move!
Aldo Lavaggi – Fiddle, Stuart Kenney – Upright Bass, Peter Madsen – Guitar
Sponsored by Catskill Tent
Grace van’t Hof and Conner Steven Vlietstra
Sinner Friends tread their own path to confront the contradictions that dwell in the space between Saturday night and Sunday morning.
With timeless country, enduring gospel classics and original tunes, Sinner Friends confront lives lived in misstep and question the inconsistencies of this earthly walk with humor and conviction in equal measure. Sweet strains of van’t Hof’s masterful playing on banjo and ukulele, and Vlietstra’s gifts on acoustic guitar and banjo will remind you to hate the sin all you want. You’ll love the Sinner Friends.
Dwayne Brooke has shared his unassuming creative ingenuity as guitarist and singer, composer, songwriter, and producer of four all-original records at the helm of his genre-bending group The Woodshedders. The Washington Post says “Brooke sings with a mellow ache that sounds as if it could have come from Conor Oberst or Okkervil River’s Will Sheff, but when he raises the volume...he stretches his pipes with a raw blues power that might make Robert Plant raise his eyebrows.” Brooke is also a student of Gypsy Jazz, and lends his keen improvisational guitar talents to Django Reinhardt tribute ensemble, The Derailleurs.
The Bash Bish Bluegrass Band is the most Bluegrassy band located in Ancram, NY! We got our start with Anson Olds and Jim Cummings at the TI in 2010. It has become a popular family friendly evening there, with great food and drink. The band's relaxing vibe is fun and features a wide array of special guest regional musical talent. Wether it’s the guest fiddler and bass pickers, or friends stopping by, there is always something unique going on for each show. Jamie Purinton, Cowboy Jim Wright, Bev Kosak, Scott Camara
Brasskill is the Hudson Valley’s new party brass band. Based in Hudson, NY and founded in the Spring of 2018, Brasskill’s membership covers a wide geographic area — from Rosendale in the south, all the way up to Chatham in the north. Bringing funky decibels to parties, parades and other merry gatherings in the Hudson Valley and surrounding areas, Brasskill’s music ranges from New Orleans second line tunes to punk and pop covers and is guaranteed to get your party out on the dance floor.
The Lucky 6 is a hard-swinging jazz band drawing inspiration from the old days of Louis Armstrong to Count Basie to Django’s Hot Club and Parisian jazz and more. Primarily playing dance music of the 30’s and 40’s, The Lucky 5 also writes and arranges their own music. A high-energy band with verve and grit.
The Uptown Lowdown is a vintage jazz dance troupe, directed by Emily Vail. We perform original choreography in the style of the 1920s-1940s, with an emphasis on classic chorus girl styling. Based in Kingston, we’ve performed over 10 routines throughout the Hudson Valley.
At OldTone, the Uptown Lowdown will be performing Too Late, with live music from Tuba Skinny.