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Looking for some old-time bluegrass instrumentation with fast, clean pickin’ and hearty harmonies? You might hear a bluegrass version of “Walk This Way,” a cover of a folk song you wish you’d always known, or an original tune that brings a tear to your eye. Kim Curtis-Monson and Mike Monson switch up on the guitar and stand-up bass, and Kim’s powerful voice combines with Mike’s to make harmonies that are transcendent. Bruce Bernhart plays mandolin and joins in on the supreme harmonies. Banjo-player Brian Ford has inspired others by doing workshops on his instrument. These musicians have played together for more than 30 years, and it is evident in their solid sound.
Mississippi Hot Club represents the classic jazz manouche ensemble with two la pompe rhythm guitars and an upright bass that support the lead guitar and violin.
Formed in early 2013, MHC expands the scope of gypsy jazz with a healthy spread of modern twists. During a live set, you can expect them to play everything from European folk music to American jazz to Nintendo anthems and bluegrass stompers or ballads. This troupe is sure to get you swinging with their virtuosic style and expert arrangements of standards, originals and covers.
We are proud to announce the return of a Twin Cities Blues Legend!
This blues band has been entertaining people for years. Led by the legendary Don King who is the ” real deal ” Bluesman. Blues is their business and business is good.
Tony was 12 years old when he first picked up a guitar. But it was well before that that the North Carolina native decided he wanted to perform. Like millions of others, he was mesmerized by The Beatles’ “Ed Sullivan Show” debut, realizing then and there that music was going to be part of his life. His parents were early musical influences. Dad, Carl, played guitar, and mother, Jean, played the piano during their church’s Sunday School services. But it was his uncle, Bill Meacham, who really turned him on to bluegrass. A Baptist preacher and mandolin picker who played professionally in the eastern North Carolina communities he served, Meacham willingly shared his tapes of his performances with the young musician and mentored the budding musician. The lyrical mandolin sounds and bluegrass beats lured the then teen, who by then was gaining an interest in rock ‘n’ roll. And while Tony joined several rock bands, he never lost that early appreciation for that “high, lonesome sound.” By his early 20s, Tony was performing professionally as part of the folk duo, Riggs & Rook. When the partnership dissolved, Tony’s longtime love of bluegrass music drove him toward the banjo. By the early 80s, he was studying the five string with Bobby Hicks, Ricky Skaggs’ longtime fiddle player. Before long, the singer/songwriter was playing with several bands in the North Carolina area, most notably The Eno Ramblers, and then Rook and Wood, who in 2000 released the CD, “Labor of Love,” containing 14 original tunes. Songwriting remains a focus for Tony, whose contemporary bluegrass compositions are largely based on personal experiences. While Tony’s musical influences include Tony Rice, Bryan Sutton, Earl Scruggs, Tony Trischka and Bela Fleck, he attributes his unique style to a lifetime of musical exploration and interest in a variety of musical genres. In 2006, Tony was transferred to Minnesota, but quickly jumped into its bluegrass scene. He currently plays guitar, and sings lead and tenor with Dick Kimmel & Co. His first solo project, “The Road Back Home” was released in early 2016. Joining Tony are his current band members Brent Fuqua (mandolin and vocals), Terry Johnson (bass and vocals) and Graham Sones (banjo and vocals).
“Giving himself the freedom to explore all possibilities, St. Paul, Minnesota singer/songwriter Erik Brandt lets go with his eclectic, third solo project, “The Long Winter.” The frontman for the Urban Hillbilly Quartet steps out here with his own dark-but-hopeful blend of folk, country, rock ‘n’ roll and jazz.”
“The Long Winter” is Brandt’s third solo slab and the best thing I can say is that it has me wanting to explore his entire back catalog. Brandt mixes elements of rock, country, jazz and folk into the enjoyable 11-track release that consistently piques my interest.” Jeffrey Sisk. The Daily News (PA). Feb 2012
“The Long Winter by Erik Brandt is a beautiful album. What really blows my mind and influenced my thinking is the continuity of the performance. A “must buy” album.” John Shelton Ivany. May 2012
Hailing from the Twin Cities, Minnesota, The Broken Heartland String Band plays music that is wholly American in its roots. With anchors in blues, old-time, bluegrass, and honky-tonk, the band brings energy and soul with a selection of cover tunes and originals blended from the diverse musical backgrounds of the band’s members. The Broken Heartland String Band is out to provide a good time with wholesome, partner-swaying, knee-slapping, hootin’ and hollerin’ tunes.
Chris was 17 years old when he accidentally discovered the genius of Doc Watson. It was a pretty obscure find for a boy from Shoreview, Minnesota. After spending countless evenings spinning Docs records over and over, Chris caught on to intricacies of flat-picking the steel string guitar. While his style is reminiscent of Doc’s and other first generation flat-pickers, Chris has developed his own style over the years that weaves together his musical experience in bluegrass, blues, jazz, folk, global and American roots music. Thirty years later including a decade on the road with the band Stoney Lonesome, hundreds of performances and workshops across the globe, and a series of acclaimed recordings, Chris is passing the torch to his multi-talented son, Ari. Like his father, Ari has never been “stuck” in any particular genre. He is as much at home with a Hendrix cover as he is with a traditional bluegrass song by Flatt and Scruggs. His unusual experience of playing in nightclubs and festivals as a pre-teen gave him a behind the scenes look at the art of performing. Now at 16, Ari’s music sounds like it’s coming from a seasoned pro with a soulfulness and drive that few players are able to achieve. Together, this father and son duo have carved out a new path into the world of roots music featuring many songs penned by the Silvers.
Christopher Miller is a singer/songwriter/musician born and raised in a small rural area in central Illinois. Like so many of his generation, Miller was swept up into the maelstrom of creativity, swirling in the vortex of ballads, blues, and the big beat. He began playing the guitar at 13, was performing and doing shows at 15, and by the time he was 19, he had won first place in the Woody Guthrie Songwriting Festival held at McCabe’s Guitar Shop in Santa Monica, California.
Musical influences came from his mother who played the piano and blasted the family stereo while she did housework, as well as his older brother who brought home thumbs full of 45’s, not to mention a Silvertone guitar. After his cousin introduced him to Bob Dylan, via John Wesley Harding, it wasn’t long before Woody Guthrie, Johnny Cash, Doc Watson, John Prine, John Hartford, Norman Blake, and Steve Goodman were spending countless revolutions on the turntable. Late show movie musicals introduced him to the music of Hoagy Carmichael, the Gershwins, Cole Porter, Rodger & Hart, and Irving Berlin. Fats Waller eventually outweighed Leadbelly, but Brownie McGhee and Sonny Terry continue to pack a huge wallop. All of these influences eventually find their way through and into the music of Christopher Miller.
Miller’s recordings, The Lost Boy, East Of Eden, and Rabbit Flat Revisited have received praise in publications such as Vintage Guitar magazine, Dirty Linen, and The Performing Songwriter.
In 2008, Miller relocated to Nashville, where he lives with his wife, Jane and his children Adele and Jerome.
Chris and Jane are The Deluxe Balladeers
Parisota Hot Club has been performing with added flexibility in two different formats over the past year, 2014. The basic acoustic trio of guitar, violin and string bass and the basic electric trio of guitar, bass and drums. The electric trio is often joined by vocalist Erin Livingston. We have been working with Erin since May of this year.
There are three music players in the right hand column of this page that provide samples of the various combinations.
The top player is a live recording from a concert featuring Tom Schaefer on violin with Jay Epstein-drums, Matt Senjem-bass and myself on electric guitar.
The middle player features vocalist Erin Livingston doing some blues based numbers with the group and the third player from the top is the acoustic instrumental trio of violin, guitar and bass. We also perform in duo settings of violin and guitar or vocal and guitar.