Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Vernon McIntyre's Band, Appalachian Grass, was in Miami Downtown Hamilton. I do not remember all the band member's names but I provide a link at the end of this post.
The band sounded awesome, dressed sharp, were perfectly tuned --and stayed that way-- had fabulous tight harmonies, and played songs in rapid succession. No easy feat. Yet, Vernon found time to give a brief intro to each song they played, which I always appreciate.
I told a friend of mine who was there, "This band is so tight, they do not stop on a dime, they stop on a toothpick!." Remember that word, toothpick, ok?
That's Vernon on guitar
Robert Campbell on banjo
Mike Elliott on Mandolin
Kitty McIntyre plays a fabulous fiddle and keeps herself busy, playing at the end of the group, and dancing up to the mic to sing harmony, then back again. Her "Orange Blossom Special" was phenomenal, rapid firing fiddlin', but she slowed it down to gently play a poignant solo on "Ashokan Farewell."
Then there was her violin trick set. She told a story of how her bow broke one night at a bluegrass festival, so she thought of alternatives ways to play. The mandolin player held the mic during this part so I did not get a direct shot in places. Kitty played with the bow behind her back, between her knees, and between her toes, with violin on the floor. She demonstrated using a men's comb, a chopstick and even a toothpick (!) to play real notes, not just make noise!
Playing with the bow behind her back
Tammy Powers on bass (sorry her face is hidden. I shall correct this w correct lens next time!)Click here
P.S. Kitty and Vernon will be playing with the Retread Band, Sunday, October 13th, at the Waynesville, Ohio Sauerkraut Festival at 12 Noon.