Red Skiles' Country Ramblers

Red Skiles' Country Ramblers

Red Skiles' Country Ramblers will be performing some classic country songs from the likes of Merle Haggard, Roger Miller and Willie Nelson. Combining country staples such as the pedal steel guitar and vocal harmony as well as the uptown sounds of the Wurlitzer piano, the group strikes the perfect blend of "Countrypolitan " sophistication and Bakersfield twang. The Country Ramblers include current and former members of Amos Lee's band and can be found performing Hawaiian steel guitar instrumentals under the name Slowey and the Boats at luaus around Philadelphia.

The Highwater Preachers

The Highwater Preachers (known until now as Slam Hoss) have been raising eyebrows in the burgeoning local bluegrass scene with their fresh takes on classic mountain songs, incorporating precision picking and soulful vocal harmony. Led by the remarkably accomplished Sarah Larsen on fiddle, this troupe of young pickers (featuring members of Sour Mash, the David Wax Museum, and the White Bark Pine) carries the torch of hard-driving traditional bluegrass music.

The Citywide Specials

In 2001 a weekly bluegrass picking session started in a bar above an Ethiopian restaurant in West Philadelphia. These general good times featured a regular rotation of more than six musicians. The band began venturing out from the bar to play gigs around the city as, The Flat Possum Boys. A few years passed, members of the band came, went, and came again and the jam congealed into a five piece ensemble that now had performed such venues as, The Tin Angel and The Tweeter Center. Pleased with their new direction, the Possums re-branded themselves The Citywide Specials. With a carefully balanced ratio of six-hundred gigs to nine practices, the "Specials" (Eliza Hardy Jones, Nikolai Fox, Larry Maltz, Jim Kydonieus & Kevin James Holland) have cultivated a sound that will never be accused of being slick, but opts for the stark honesty of the band's country music heros. Presenting songs and tunes on fiddle, dobro, string bass, guitar and mandolin, the band draws from the well of traditional American music, including a healthy dose of originals (written by Holland) which lose themselves easily amongst the old favorites.



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