Union Street Preservation Society, This Way, Frankenpine

Union Street Preservation Society

Fast emerging as a favorite Americana roots band in the greater NYC area, the Brooklyn-based quintet, fronted by guitarist David Leiberman, is a crossroads for five diverse musicians to celebrate and build upon the American roots tradition. Fiddle virtuoso Harrison Hollingsworth’s “day gig” as principal bassoon with the NYC Ballet belies his western swing roots. Upright bassist Jason Bertone comes from a jazz background. Dobro player Alex Borsody is well-known in the bluegrass jam circuit for his intricate licks on slide guitar and banjo. Mandolinist Sara Bouchard is an internationally exhibiting artist and singer/songwriter. Leiberman’s charismatic energy pulls together the myriad talents of the group in a unique and lively blend of bluegrass, blues, old-time, country and early jazz.

USPS’ spirited vocal harmonies and runaway-train instrumentals breathe fire and soul into timeless traditionals and emphasize the freshness of their original tunes. “Spring to Rust” features four originals and one jazz standard, with songs ranging from a contemporary young American’s “hometown blues” to a classically-inflected, quiet-but-powerful epilogue based on a Shaker hymn.

The band -- hailed by Glide Magazine’s “Hidden Track” as “tasty and alive” with “brisk, flavorful improvisation” -- continues to receive an increasing amount of attention. From concert hall to maritime vessel, the Union Street Preservation Society has performed countless shows at venues of all shapes and sizes since its founding in November 2009. Highlights include recent concerts at Sullivan Hall alongside nationally prominent acts Greensky Bluegrass, Cornmeal and Max Creek, performances at The American Folk Art Museum and aboard the historic Mary A. Whalen tanker (presented by PortSide NewYork), regular residencies at nightlife venues including the Lower East Side’s National Underground, and numerous non-profit benefit parties at art spaces including Gowanus Ballroom, Proteus Gowanus and Open Source.

This Way

This Way is a five piece Americana collective with members from across New England, but call Portland, Maine their home. The band’s sound is laced with melodic and energetic roots rock -- thick with vocal harmonies, acoustic guitar, fiddle, mandolin, foot stomping rhythm and down-home grit.

After five years of performing anthematic rock on the Portland music scene and across New England, the band looked inward and pulled out the truest parts of their individual abilities. Though the raw energy and immediacy of the rock music on their first record remained vital, even towards the end of recording 2009’s “We Could All Make History”, the band began to focus on the rootsier side. That year the band was given the title of “A Band To Watch” by The Portland Press Herald and nominated by The Portland Phoenix for “Best New Artist”.

Beginning in early 2010, the band spent over a year in the studio and on location at places such as The Cumberland County Courthouse in Portland to record their follow up album. Giving the recording process time and space, allowed the band to produce their own unique take on the modern roots genre. This Way released their second record "Goodbye Forever" in May of this year to regional acclaim.

"Enter young pop-folk dynamos This Way, whose latest CD, "Goodbye Forever," colors soaring radio pop with rolling-hills accordion, harmonica and mandolin", says The Portland Press Herald. The Portland Phoenix writes, "there's more real emotion and songwriting here than on anything Basiner and crew have done to date." The band was also named Best Roots Act of 2011 by The Portland Phoenix.

Frankenpine

Frankenpine is a Brooklyn-based string band with roots reaching from the subway platforms of the city up the Hudson Valley to the crooked mountains of the Adirondacks. The banjo and fiddle in its ranks give it a touch of bluegrass, but the band's original music draws on a wide range of influences—everything from blues to gypsy jazz to rock to old-time. Its lyrics are similarly eclectic, exploring themes of loss and ambition; telling the stories of outlaws and the outspoken. The result is a set of songs with propulsive rhythms and searing solos, tight arrangements and soaring vocal harmonies.

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