Red-Hot Bluegrass Converges at EOH 8/16: Chris Eldridge (Punch Brothers) and Julian Lage, with Howlin Brothers

"I would venture to guess that the more they play together, the better they get; that was certainly the case last week at Club Passim...Julian and Critter have tremendous artistic chemistry. " suzereviewstheblues.com

“I would venture to guess that the more they play together, the better they get…Julian and Critter have tremendous artistic chemistry. ” suzereviewstheblues.com

Red hot bluegrass artists converge at the historic main stage of the Earlville Opera House on Saturday, August 16th at 8 pm. “Guitar prodigy Julian Lage displays masterful chops, distilling guitar traditions from prebop swing to bluegrassy flash into an original sound. Here he duets with fellow axe man Chris Eldridge…from the Punch Brothers.” Time Out The show opens with a set by the Howlin Brothers of Nashville. Seven Oaks Clubhouse Restaurant generously sponsors this concert with media sponsor WAER FM 88.3

The Punch Brothers’ guitarist since the band’s inception, Chris “Critter” Eldridge has been at the forefront of bluegrass music. The band has released 3 critically acclaimed albums, received 2 Grammy nominations and toured around the world. Eldridge studied with legendary guitarist Tony Rice. He then joined the Seldom Scene with whom he received a Grammy nomination in 2007. In 2005 he founded the critically acclaimed bluegrass band The Infamous Stringdusters.

Guitar virtuoso Julian Lage, who at age 8, was asked to sit in with Carlos Santana joins him. Lage made his debut on record at age 11, on David Grisman’s album Dawg Duos. His debut album, Sounding Point received a Grammy nomination. Lage’s latest CD, Gladwell is mostly original, Americana-inspired tunes.  The recording has also received rave reviews. Each composition revolves around the fictional town of the album’s title, and the work has earned Lage favorable comparison to Bill Frisell.

Julian and Chris both play 1939 Martin guitars.

Julian and Chris both play 1939 Martin guitars.

Eldridge talks about their partnership, “While he has been celebrated in the jazz world from a young age as one of their great talents, he’s always had this dirty little secret of loving folk music and bluegrass and songs,” said Eldridge. “So this tour is a chance for us to try and find some common ground and hopefully create some beautiful music together.” “Julian is one of my favorite musicians on earth, and, obviously, as a guitar player he’s a beacon of light.” PASTE MAGAZINE

Lage and Eldridge perform on their respective 1939 Martin guitars. Take a listen to some of the You Tubes below!

From reviewer Sarah V of ConcertManic.com, “I’d seen the duo play a short set in January at the Deadly Gentlemen’s Ball, so I had a good idea of what to expect: serious technical mastery of the guitar, and some beautiful vocals…I really felt the stage chemistry between the two guitarists – their intense focus on each other’s music was almost bordering on being a little unnerving. It is always a treat to see performers who so obviously enjoy playing together so much, and truly appreciate each other’s contributions…it is really a breath of fresh air to see performers get up on stage and play their hearts out and just have fun…”

Their guitar prowess is undeniable, but I love Chris Eldridge’s singing, too. The tone of his vocals is unique and has a wonderful clarity to it…They described their original meeting, years ago, as “guitar-love at first sight,” and it’s pretty easy to understand why they’d use that phrase when you watch them perform songs like these together.”

Their seamless chemistry sounds like it was forged when they were just knee-high kids. You can almost imagine mini versions of them with tiny fiddles, banjos, and guitars, jamming on a front porch somewhere in the South. The real story of this rising string band out of Nashville is less dramatic. Jared Green, Ian Craft, and Ben Plasse met while studying at Ithaca College and rallied around the idea of making roots music with no borders. They meld bluegrass, the blues, country, and rock ’n’ roll."  Boston Globe

Their seamless chemistry sounds like it was forged when they were just knee-high kids. You can almost imagine mini versions of them with tiny fiddles, banjos, and guitars, jamming on a front porch somewhere in the South.
The real story of this rising string band out of Nashville is …Jared Green, Ian Craft, and Ben Plasse met while studying at Ithaca College and rallied around the idea of making roots music with no borders. They meld bluegrass, the blues, country, and rock ’n’ roll.” Boston Globe

The high energy Howlin’ Brothers are a three-piece string band that brings heart and passion into every performance. Their upbeat shows are heavy with original and traditional music, featuring the sounds of slide banjo, harmonica and old-time fiddle.

In their June review in TheAlternateRoots.com, “The Howlin’ Brothers need no intro for the advanced state of bluegrass that the band serves up. Their recent release, Trouble, follows full studio effort Howl and E.P., the Sun Studio Sessions, in a little over twelve months’ time…Trouble is The Howlin’ Brothers as top shelf musicians and songwriters…” Trouble placed #6 on TheAlternateRoots.com Top 50 releases for 2014! Full review of the new Howlin Brothers release:

Don’t miss a chance to see these amazing musicians in the incredible acoustics of the 1892 historic opera house. Tickets are available online or by calling EOH at $20, $18 EOH members, $15 students. Premium seating applies 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 13332 just south of Colgate University.

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.

More about these artists at their websites:
Julian Lage 
Chris Eldridge
Eldridge/Lage 4 song CD 
Howlin Brothers 

You Tubes of Chris Eldridge and Julian Lage/ Howlin Brothers
** Julian Lage & Chris Eldridge Senor 4/8/14

** Julian Lage & Chris Eldridge Ginseng Sullivan (4/8/2014)

** Julian Lage & Chris Eldridge – Open up the Window, Noah (4/8/2014)

The Howlin’ Brothers – “Night And Day”

The Howlin’ Brothers – Big Time

The Howlin’ Brothers – “Tell Me That You Love Me”

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