URBAN HILLBILLY SHOW
Mountain Music by City Folk!
The Get Down Boys
Melody Walker & Jacob Goopman
Break out yer bestest country duds, dust off yer hat, spit shine yer boots and head on down to the Urban Hillbilly Show! This year's show features some of the bestest, freshest, tastiest, and twangyest urban hillbilly music in these parts. Who knew San Francisco had so many hillbillies?
THE GET DOWN BOYS (LA)
The Get Down Boys formed in West Los Angeles in the Spring of 2010. The founding members had much in common but mostly two things: their love of bluegrass music and common alma mater, Berklee College of Music in Boston. The Boys hail from all over the US (Virginia, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and my hometown, Springfield MO!). Performing high energy traditional and original Bluegrass music, along with modern favorites infused with the sounds of Americana, the Get Down Boys are known for their carefully crafted songs, floor-shaking rhythms, and unmistakable harmonies. The GDBs bring an irresistible and infectious passion to their spin on American roots music.
MELODY WALKER & JACOB GROOPMAN (Bay Area)
Hailing from the San Francisco Bay Area and the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, respectively, singer-songwriter Melody Walker and picker extraordinaire Jacob Groopman have fused their influences into a style they like to call “Americali.” They define it as Americana with a California twist, but of course, it’s much more. Drawing from genres including bluegrass, rock, jazz, classical, Afrobeat, samba and Balkan folk, yet staying close to their American folk roots, the duo create literate music that honors tradition, yet sounds completely of the moment.
THE HARKENBACKS (Berkeley)
Appalachian-urban folk heroes, the Harkenbacks play a brand of music that, while steeped in mythic Americana, still decisively confronts the modern age. Their music harkens back to a time when people were good to each other. Trusting in wooden instruments and in their own voices, they sing traditional songs penned yesterday alongside contemporary material written before your grandmother was born. Fiddle, guitar, mandolin and upright bass figure prominently in their arrangements, while occasional blasts of harmonica, tambourine and even kazoo lend an element of surprise. They clap, stomp, crow and croon, Corry-Jo's enchanting melodic tenor stitched deftly through the high and low harmonizing vocals of brothers Paul and Jeremiah. Their stage presence is simple and dignified, their debt to tradition boundless, and you shall never see a lack of chivalry in their eyes.
Formally known as the Bluegrass Revolution, this new incarnation of the band features 4 of the original founding members (Matt, Tom, Jesse, Andy). Their music is a mix of bluegrass, jam-grass, new-grass, and progressive bluegrass. And if they’re half as good as BG Rev, you won’t be saying “not too shabby”, but instead, “holy crap, you guys are freakin’ awesome!” or something to that effect.
More info: http://shelbyashpresents.net/