Our music? It’s bluegrass. You know, the ancient tones. Playin’ it clean and singin’ it true. Chasing that melody like a fox hound. Writing new songs and tunes to keep that old flame a-burnin’.
Eric Lee‘s on the fiddle. Some kids wanted to be Wolverine or Batman when they grew up. Eric wanted to be Vassar Clements. Still does. That boy fiddles in the car, in the closet, in the john — testing the planet’s acoustics everywhere he goes. Jordan Alleman is on the five-string banjo. Got hooked on bluegrass at the tender young age of eleven, listening daily to the Ballad of Jed Clampett. Like any good Portlandian, Alleman loves Mt. Hood, the Columbia River, local brew, and holding tradition in high regard while simultaneously inciting mutiny. Dan Bui grew up along the swampy, slow-moving Buffalo Bayou mostly on a diet of crawfish etouffee, sausage kolaches, BBQ brisket, and Pho. He trained reluctantly as a classical violinist from the age of three months, till the fateful moment he saw Sam Bush play Bluegrass Breakdown on PBS. The only item on Bui’s Christmas wish list that year was a mandolin. Chris Sartori‘s on the upright bass because it fits his purposes, which include profound groove, deep & everlasting funk, and the exuberant life of the Boston bluegrass scene. He grew up on the banks of Walden Pond, swimming in transcendent waters. Me? I’ve pitched my tent a lot of places in this country, run a lot of highways in the dead of night, singing high and lonesome, mostly. But I’m always at home with these boys, pickin’ some good old music on any porch, any time. You’ll love us. We’ll love you. Come hear us.
Max Wareham travels solo from time to time, singing and pickin’ guitar and banjo at roadhouses, pubs, and music halls. His solo work focuses on the continuum from old-time mountain and early country music, to the high and lonesome sounds of bluegrass. The old songs and tunes he plays and the new ones he writes are part of a deep river of those traditions, in which still can be heard the longings of fur trappers, coal miners, riverboat captains, and men who sang higher than their own mamas. Wareham’s mentors have included the pantheon of old-time and bluegrass singers and string players: Peter Rowan, Roland White, Tony Trischka, Bill Keith, Jayme Stone, and Leon Hunt. Like these players, Wareham loves the music which hearkens back and pitches forward all at once.
Friday October 30th – The Parlor Room, Northampton MA, w/Sumner&Moss. 8pm
Saturday October – 10th – The Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton MA, opening for the Seldom Scene. 7pm
Friday July 24th – Ossipee Valley Music Festival, Hiram ME.
Tuesday July 14th – Cisco Brewery, Nantucket MA. 4:30-7pm
Wednesday July 8th – The Tin Pan, Richmond VA. 7pm
Tuesday July 7th – Isis Restaurant & Music Hall, Asheville, NC. 7:30pm followed by jam session
Monday July 6th – The Basement, Nashville TN. 9pm
Sunday July 5th – The Hideaway Lounge, Louisville KY. 8pm-midnight
Saturday July 4th – Miller’s Downtown, Charlottesville VA. Party o’clock.
Friday July 3rd – Pete’s Candy Store, Brooklyn NY. 9pm