Twisted Pine is one of those always interesting, well-trained, innovative bands coming out of Berklee College of Music in Boston which has helped build Boston into a center of creative energy seeking the new and different equaling, perhaps surpassing, the already strong classical development represented by having a world-class symphony orchestra and first-rate conservatory. Twisted Pine shows its traditional chops with satisfactory arrangements of bluegrass classics, nodding happily at the original while adding their own touch to them. Then they propel themselves into some of their own compositions with verve, attention to form and melody, and virtuosity. Keep an eye on this band as they further develop and refine their act, as well as their material.
The Lonely Heartstring Band has almost all the ingredients to push it to the top of the bluegrass world: fine singing, first rate instrumental work, careful selection of tunes chosen from classic bluegrass, songs written by band members, and creamy covers of great rock material. They've scored a coup by obtaining a recording contract with Rounder Records. This year's tour takes them from Key West to New England to the West Coast. Their singing is luminous, raucous, and just plain delightful. Their covers of Paul Simon's Graceland and the Beatles' Somewhere have been joined by As Long as I Can See the Light by John Fogerty, all of which bring goosebumps to many of their fast-growing fan base. Ask you local promoter to book them, and then don't miss this upcoming band. They should be in line for mentions in several categories of IBMA Awards.
Bob Amos & Catamount Crossing continues to play mostly in New England from its home in northernmost St. Johnsbury, VT. After years of touring and nearly a decade off the road in Virginia, Amos has settled on the old family farm, opened a studio, and begun writing and performing again. The band's latest CD contains covers of classic bluegrass, the music Amos loves and plays so well. I still love his New England flavored Mr. Beford's Barn (below). The band plays both hard driving bluegrass and more gentle folk tinted ballads written by the versatile Amos on either banjo or guitar. The band seldom strays far from home, but has much to offer.
Kim & Barry Ford
The Gibson Brothers
Mike Barber - The Third Gibson Brother
Member of the Band Since the Beginning
The Gibson Brothers
Bruce & Kelly Stockwell
Emcee - Kim Ford