The Bluegrass Generals ft Chris Pandolfi & Andy Hall (of The Stringdusters)
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Chris Pandolfi and Andy Hall are the Bluegrass Generals. We, along with our many musical allies, serve and protect the bluegrass people of planet earth. Past guest generals include Sam Bush, Billy Nershi, Keith Mosley, Paul Hoffman, Larry Keel and more...
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My name is Chris Pandolfi, aka TRAD+. I’m a full time musician, producer and all-around creative based in Denver, Colorado.
Music was all around me growing up. My grandparents, Frank and Carmela Pandolfi, started the Connecticut Opera Association in 1942. I never met my grandfather, but my grandmother got us playing piano at a really young age. I loved every sound I heard. Ultimately inspired by my older brother Jono’s musical tastes and exploits, I got my first banjo in the summer of 1997. The next ten or so years flew by. During that time I got my undergrad degree at Dartmouth College and then went on to be the first ever banjo principal at the Berklee College of Music before moving to Nashville, TN in 2004. Along the way I was lucky to work with many amazing people, but ultimately I started a band with great musicians who are also my great friends–The Infamous Stringdusters. We have been touring for about 9 years, have a bunch of albums, a Grammy nomination and our own festival. We strive to make good original music, explore the world and enjoy life.
I have a few banjo-centric solo albums that I wrote and produced (Looking Glass and the Handoff), that feature some of my favorite acoustic players. I do session work in Denver and work as a producer for other artists/bands, helping them craft their music, a job I absolutely love to do. While my solo side of things focused on the banjo for a long time, lately I have been on a newer, broader musical journey: TRAD+. It’s a landscape of sounds–electronic, acoustic, vinyl sampling, live drums, deep textures, live jams and more. , Founding Fathers.
Music has always been my passion, but I also love to write and create short motion pictures. I started working on video around 2007, filming the ‘Dusters hijinx, documentary style. Since then I have enjoyed finding more and more creative ways to use the camera/editing software, from stop-motion to performance to ski vids. My writing focuses mostly on our adventures and our musical scene, a subject that’s always interested me along my journey from the Northeast to Nashville, Virginia and now Colorado. Bluegrass is its own world, filled with incredible musicianship and a short but vibrant history of crazy characters, trends and changes. A few of my pieces about the current state of the bluegrass world reached a big audience. In the wake of that attention the International Bluegrass Music Association asked me to deliver a keynote address at the 2011 World of Bluegrass in Nashville, TN (their annual business conference), giving some real recognition to a new vision of a bigger, more connected acoustic world. We are excited to be a part of whatever comes next for bluegrass.
I moved to Denver, CO in 2013, a place that has always been an unofficial home for the Stringdusters. It’s full of great people, great music and great living, and I’m excited to call it home.
Official Website http://chrispandolfi.com/?page_id=22
Andy Hall plays dobro with The Infamous Stringdusters
Official Website http://thestringdusters.com/
Facebook URL https://www.facebook.com/andyhalldobro/
Revered as one of the most energetic and innovative mandolin players on the jambandewgrass scene today, Drew Emmitt’s “inestimable talents” (An Honest Tune) don’t end with just the instruments that can be picked. Holding the wheel steady on acoustic and electric slide mandolin, acoustic and electric guitar and mandola, Emmitt’s superlative storytelling and versatile vocal abilities are incomparable. Following a decade of success with Leftover Salmon, Emmitt released his first solo effort, Freedom Ride, drawing on the talent of peers John Cowan, Peter Rowan, Sam Bush, Ronnie McCoury, Vassar Clements, Stuart Duncan and Randy Scruggs. Critics and fans loved the collaboration and Emmitt relished the chance to record with some of the giants with whom he’d shared festival stages. “It's amazing,” he said, “it's like walking in a dream….Standing on stage next to Sam (Bush) is pretty indescribable.” After touring as the Emmitt-Nershi band with Billy Nershi of The String Cheese Incident for the past few years and making several reunion appearances with Leftover Salmon, Drew Emmitt's solo work is rejuvenated and once again taking the contemporary, live gig, fresh every-time approach to bluegrass music.
Following a decade of success with Leftover Salmon, Emmitt released his first solo effort, Freedom Ride, in 2002 drawing on the talent of peers John Cowan, Peter Rowan, Sam Bush, Ronnie McCoury, Vassar Clements, Stuart Duncan and Randy Scruggs. Critics and fans loved the collaboration and Emmitt relished the chance to record with some of the giants with whom he’d shared festival stages. “It's amazing,” he said, “it's like walking in a dream….Standing on stage next to Sam (Bush) is pretty indescribable.” In 2005 he followed up with Across The Bridge, an equally impressive effort showcasing Emmitt’s bluegrass chops and songwriting talents as a straight-ahead bluegrass man. After touring as the Emmitt-Nershi band with Billy Nershi of The String Cheese Incident for the past year and making several reunion appearances with Leftover Salmon, Long Road finds Emmitt rejuvenated and once again taking the contemporary, live gig, fresh every-time approach to bluegrass music.
Official Website http://www.drewemmitt.com
Facebook URL https://www.facebook.com/drewemmitt/timeline
Adam was born in Worcester, Massachusetts and spent the majority of his childhood in the nearby town of Sterling. As a young teen, Adam loved skateboarding and listening to punk and hardcore music. He was exposed to such bands as Black Flag, the Dead Kennedys, and the Descendents. In 1986, at age 13, he began playing electric guitar and taking lessons. He learned power chords first, playing dozens of short punk tunes. In his early years of high school, he added metal bands like Metallica and Slayer to his repertoire. Shortly after, Adam's musical tastes began to shift. He began listening to Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, and even the Grateful Dead. Desiring a new sound, Adam picked up his first acoustic guitar at age 17. He started listening to Bob Dylan and in college, Old and In The Way. During his years at UMass Amherst, Adam played whenever he could as he studied Forestry. After graduation in 1995, and after a couple of major knee surgeries, he played several open mics around Worcester; strumming his originals like "Left Me In A Hole", along with Dylan covers. He worked in the forestry field until 1997, when another knee injury forced him to rethink his career choice. It was at this point that Adam decided to pursue his career in music, moving to Nederland, Colorado. It was there where he met Jeff, Ben, and Dave…and the rest is history.
Official Website http://www.yondermountain.com/
Bassist/songwriter Andrew Altman may be best known for his time spent traveling the country with Railroad Earth but the past few years have seen him stepping into his own a bit more with songwriting contributions to RRE and a self-titled EP of original music produced by rock/jam stalwart Tom Hamilton.
Facebook URL https://www.facebook.com/pg/andrewaltmanmusic/
Denver Bluegrass and New Acoustic. Winners of the 2017 Rockygrass band competition. Winners of the 2017 UllrGrass band competition. 3rd Place finalists of the 2017 Telluride Bluegrass Festival band competition.
Official Website http://meadowmountainmusic.com
Facebook URL https://www.facebook.com/MeadowMountainMusic
Banshee Tree (Boulder, Co) blends acoustic and electric instruments to create a new sound that takes influence from early jazz and swing and launches it into the current jam band scene with funk, trance and psychedelic soul. Formed in 2014 by Thomas LaFond on the guitar, BT grew to include Jason Bertone on upright bass, Nick Carter on fiddle and Michelle Pietrafitta on drums.
Official Website http://banshee-tree.com/
Facebook URL https://www.facebook.com/bansheetree/
Instagram URL https://www.instagram.com/bansheetree/
That simple line atop Elephant Revival's Facebook page contains only five words, but reveals volumes about the band's reason for being. Music unites us in ways that no other medium can. Even when we don't understand one another's languages - we can be moved by a rhythm, soothed by a song. Brought together by a unified sense of purpose - the spirit of five souls working as one, in harmony, creating sounds they could never produce alone.
The five souls in Elephant Revival are Sage Cook (banjo, guitar, mandolin, tenor banjo, bass and fiddle); Bridget Law (fiddle, octave fiddle); Bonnie Paine (washboard, djembe, musical saw, stompbox); Daniel Rodriguez (guitar, banjo, bass); and Dango Rose (double-bass, mandolin, banjo). All share vocals and write songs. Paine delivers additional beats via footstomps on plywood, her stockinged feet doing near jigs as her hands, encased in antique leather gloves, rub silver nickel against corrugated metal.
This Nederland, Colorado quintet are, needless to say, quite a sound to be experienced - especially when they fall into the pocket of a groove containing elements of gypsy, rock, Celtic, alt-country and folk.
The Indie Acoustic Music Project simply labeled their sound "progressive edge." At least, that's the category in which it placed the band when it gave their Ruff Shod/Nettwerk Records release, BREAK IN THE CLOUDS, a best CD of 2011 award. It's as good a label as any to convey what Rose has described as their mission: "to close the gap of separation between us through the eternal revelry of song and dance."
Elephant Revival also shares a commitment to responsible stewardship of the planet and its inhabitants, working with organizations such as the Conscious Alliance, Calling All Crows, Trees Water & People, and other nonprofits supporting humanitarian causes. Their very name was chosen out of empathy for a pair of zoo pachyderms who, upon being separated after 16 years, died on the same day. The band related that heart-rending story during their April 2012 debut on fellow Coloradoans Nick & Helen Forster's internationally syndicated "eTown" radio show - like Elephant Revival, a blend of music and social consciousness.
Sitting in the audience during their performance, one music blogger was moved to write, "Elephant Revival serenaded the crowd with arabesque melodies, harmonies and rhythms that braided and coiled into a sublime aural tapestry. Their instrumental dynamics, verse, and even the harrowing story that inspired their appellation, invoked the majesty, mystery and sorrow of Mother Earth."
Campout for the Cause festival organizers put it this way in an affectionate shoutout on their Facebook page. "We love Elephant Revival so much," they wrote, "not just for their incredible music and conscious lyrics, but for their commitment to living up to the standards they set forth and setting positive examples."
It's a paradigm worth spreading, and that's what Elephant Revival members intend to continue doing as they carry their music around the world, speaking one song at a time.
Facebook URL https://www.facebook.com/fiddlinbridget/
Bonnie Sims is the fiery frontwoman of Bonnie & the Clydes, one of the foremost Front Range bands, pioneering their unique sound of Rocky Mountain Country Soul.
Official Website https://www.bonnieandherclydes.com/
Vocals, Keys for Mama Magnolia
Official Website http://www.mamamagnolia.com
The DeadPhish Orchestra is a quartet of Colorado musicians who, above all, are close friends who have played together for many years. They had played Grateful Dead songs together, and they had played Phish songs together. But they got to wondering what would happen if they tried to merge the music of these two bands, the Granddaddies and Daddies of the jamband scene.
Official Website http://www.deadphishorchestra.com
Plays Banjo in Leftover Salmon
Official Website http://leftoversalmon.com/site/
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