Poor Old Shine’s Foot-Stompin’ Americana Roots at EOH


“They harmonize; they play saws, mandolins and pump organs; they back their songs with crickets and squeaking screen doors; they are boisterously youthful yet deftly sentimental. The album, which reaches back to traditional roots music with modern-day zest, was very richly produced to great effect by Sam Kassirer at the Great North Sound Society’s remote studios in Maine. That seclusion, much like Dylan and the Band’s creative oasis in Woodstock, led to a focus that belies the fact that this is a debut album. ” DAVID VECSEY 12/6/13

The Alt-Americana band Poor Old Shine brings their bluegrass-tinged old-time country music to the historic main stage at the Earlville Opera House on Friday the 13th of June at 8 pm. The band has two records out on Signature Sounds and has gotten rave reviews. “In a time when country music all too often forgets its roots, Poor Old Shine celebrates them…in everything from gospel, to folk, to straight up bluegrass in their electrifying, foot stomping, hands clapping, washboard scratching show;” said Greg Quinion in his POS review.

Quinion explains, “Country music has changed radically in the past decades, sonically and lyrically it can be hard to remember that gospel, folk, and even blues once had a huge influence on songwriters. Any band playing the old country classics faces a challenge to make them sound as fresh, urgent, and full of life as they once were. Poor Old Shine’s youthful energy and earnestness made these songs sound as if they were brand new.

Their self-titled debut studio album was released last month and has quickly become one of my favorites of 2013. They most likely won’t be among the Grammy nominations when they are announced Friday night, but I’m casting my own little write-in vote for Best New Artist.

“Their self-titled debut studio album … become one of my favorites of 2013. They most likely won’t be among the Grammy nominations when they are announced Friday night, but I’m casting my own little write-in vote for Best New Artist.”  David Vescey, December 2013

He maintains, “By the end of the first song they had won over an all ages crowd that in large had never heard of, nor seen much of them before and perhaps come mainly out of curiosity rather than any affinity for old-time country music…The band features combinations of guitars, fiddles, upright bass, drums, banjo, mandolin, and pump organ; all expertly played and complimented by rich vocal harmony… If you like your music played on string instruments that look like they were lovingly plucked from dusty antique stores, and complimented by washboards, boxes, singing saws, and old pump organs. Check out Poor Old Shine at one of their upcoming dates.

Reviewer Pat Moran expounds, “A young band, Poor Old Shine has the audacity to show just how weird “tradition” can be, particularly when it whips a singing saw into a pretty good imitation of a theremin [early electronic musical instrument]. When the band goes off script, as when it uses the feedback of two cell phones to lay down a spectral drone on “Ghosts Next Door,” the result fits right in with its more authentic arsenal of fiddle, banjo, washboard, pump organ and drum kit cobbled together from scrap metal. Poor Old Shine charts a course between imitation and innovation, and the tension between those two poles gives its invigorated mountain music a sense of urgency.”

You Tubes of Poor Old Shine

Weeds Or Wild Flowers // Big Old Big One 

Footsteps in My Ear

The Old Guitar – “The Hurry All Around” 

“Sweet Virginia Lee” from their EP Treadless Soles 

This Poor Old Shine show will arouse shimmying in your seats, foot-stomping and just hollering out loud on lucky Friday the 13th! Tickets are available online or by calling EOH at $19, $17 EOH members, $14 students. Premium seating in the first 4 rows. The EOH Theater is wheelchair-accessible with a ramp and a lift.

During your visit, take advantage of the exhibits in the three EOH Art Galleries, the Artisan’s Gift Shop featuring New York artists as well as the homemade desserts in the EOH Arts Café! Delicious refreshments will be available before the show and during intermission, including hot and cold drinks. For more information, or to reserve your seats, call 315-691-3550 or order online at http://www.earlvilleoperahouse.com. The Opera House is located at 18 East Main Street, in Earlville, NY.

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“I fully expect to hear more from this band as the years go on. In fact, if I don’t hear “Weeds or Wildflowers” in the soundtrack of some romantic comedy in the next year, someone in Hollywood will have to answer to me!” David Vescey Here’s the video:

EOH events are made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and through the generosity of EOH members.

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