THE HOWLIN' BROTHERS
Friday, May 27, 2016
with special guest Vinegar Creek Constituency Duo
FRIDAY, MAY 27, 2016
Doors 7:00 PM / Showtime 8:00 PM
Pre-sales for all shows end at noon on the day of the show. Tickets are will call only, nonrefundable, but transferable to another person (for the same show).
The Howlin’ Brothers are a Nashville based string band composed of Ian Craft, JT Huskey and Jared Green. Anchored in a bed of old-time blues and bluegrass, their upbeat shows are heavy with original and traditional music, featuring the sounds of slide banjo, harmonica and old-time fiddle. Sounding like what would happen if a bunch of Appalachian punk rockers formed a jug-band, The Howlin’ Brothers play with a ferocious energy that drags you in and finds you boogieing along in spite of yourself.
Craft and Green met while attending Ithaca College. They discovered a mutual love of traditional and roots music, and formed The Howlin' Brothers in 2003. After developing a following in Ithaca, the Howlin' Brothers relocated to Nashville, where they self-released their debut album, Mountain Songs, in 2007; and meeting Jt Huskey shortly after. After independently releasing three additional albums, the Howlin' Brothers were introduced by a mutual friend to producer/musician Brendan Benson, who signed them to his label, Readymade. Benson produced the band's 2013 release, Howl, which featured appearances from Jypsi and Warren Haynes. The album was critically acclaimed, and The Howlin' Brothers launched a successful tour in the US and Canada. In May, 2014, the band released their second Benson-produced record on Readymade, Trouble, which Rolling Stone called a "rip-roarin', hootenanny on wax that puts a rocked-out spin on old-timey bluegrass.
Vinegar Creek Constituency Duo
Vinegar Creek Constituency Duo is a high-intensity mobile satellite unit of the five-piece Vinegar Creek Constituency, Lancaster Pennsylvania’s swashbuckling, pseudo-legendary pioneers of Amerikindasorta string band music. Consisting of Jeff Bryson (Lancaster County’s infamous cryptid aka “The Wolfmandolinist") and Leo DiSanto (a bombastic Corn Belt carnival barker and human cannonball fired from his own sideshow), the duo has toured throughout the eastern US for the past four years, crooning, howling, and belting out songs that call from the crossroads of light and darkness- songs that wander the countryside, rise from the grave, cackle in the face of impending doom, and sit ringside at the apocalypse. The Duo has performed at festivals, on street corners, in cafes, bars, nightclubs, beer joints, juke joints, living rooms, backyards, churches, and on one memorable occasion (and for reasons still unknown), at a private concert for an audience of exactly one American alligator in the Okefenokee Swamp of southern Georgia (see the band’s Facebook page for video).
A big noise in a small container, VCC duo generates a full and powerful sound- audiences frequently express disbelief that such a ruckus could be generated by only two musicians- with two voices, a dreadnaught guitar, a mandolin, a 90-year-old tenor banjo, an 80-year-old resonator guitar, numerous battered and beer-breathed harmonicas, and an unwieldy chunk of homemade foot percussion known as “The BackPorchophone.” Eschewing the traditional touring lifestyle of big cities and roadside motels, the Duo prefers to haunt remote, heavilyforested tracts of public land, sleeping in hammocks and, when leisure time allows, climbing the tallest peaks in each visited state on days off: North Carolina, Tennessee, New York, Vermont, Massachusetts, and still counting. Some say the Duo is made more of myth than of meat, that they are mere fragments of rumor, nothing more than silhouettes around distant campfires in the forests of Maine or the cypress swamps of Florida. Others, however, continue to insist that all that noise must be coming from somewhere.