The Deadly Gentlemen, Sarah Jarosz, Andy Statman Trio, and more!

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  • Backstage Access: Live from The Deadly Gentlemen's Ball with The Deadly Gentlemen, Sarah Jarosz, Andy Statman Trio, and more! (Boston Acoustic Takeover)

    This show was on May 25th, 2014 | 64 people watched
    2 Comments
    • May 25
      Talent was great but the backstage setting was a bit awkward - hard to see and interviewer hard to hear at one point
    • May 26
      Good sound quality, good musicianship, and enjoyed the backstage vibe. Lighting could have been better.
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Concert Window presents the first ever iteration of Backstage Access: Live from the Deadly Gentlemen's Ball! We are excited to bring you exclusive interviews, performances, and impromptu jams live from backstage at the Sinclair in Cambridge, MA.

The Deadly Gentlemen:

Roll Me, Tumble Me, the Deadly Gentlemen’s third album and Rounder Records debut, boasts ten winsome examples... more

Concert Window presents the first ever iteration of Backstage Access: Live from the Deadly Gentlemen's Ball! We are excited to bring you exclusive interviews, performances, and impromptu jams live from backstage at the Sinclair in Cambridge, MA.

The Deadly Gentlemen:

Roll Me, Tumble Me, the Deadly Gentlemen’s third album and Rounder Records debut, boasts ten winsome examples of their playfully irreverent, vibrantly rootsy songcraft. Although the Boston-based quintet employs acoustic guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin and double bass—a lineup that’s usually associated with traditional bluegrass—their music defies conventional genre restrictions, filtering a bottomless assortment of influences through their own decidedly distinctive songwriting sensibility and uncanny instrumental rapport. The result is timelessly resonant music that’s rooted in tradition, yet effortlessly contemporary and boundlessly entertaining.

Throughout Roll Me, Tumble Me, such beguilingly melodic, emotionally evocative tunes as “I Fall Back,” “Bored of the Raging,” “A Faded Star” and “Beautiful’s Her Body” match banjoist/vocalist/songwriter Greg Liszt’s lilting melodies and pointedly poetic lyrics with his bandmates’ eloquent musicianship and unconventional vocal blend to bring his compositions to life, reflecting the unique individual and collective backgrounds that have contributed to the Deadly Gentlemen’s evolution from quirky side-project to singular musical force.

Roll Me, Tumble Me also points to the Deadly Gentlemen’s rich musical history by reinventing three songs that appeared in very different versions on prior releases: the witty title number and the rousing “Working,” both from the band’s self-released debut The Bastard Masterpiece; and the bittersweet “It’ll End Too Soon,” which Liszt originally recorded as a member of the acclaimed alt-bluegrass outfit Crooked Still.

Sarah Jarosz:

Sarah JaroszSARAH JAROSZ is a 22- year-old, Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who hails from just outside Austin, TX. A recent graduate from the prestigious New England Conservatory, she will release her third album, Build Me Up From Bones, for Sugar Hill Records on September 24th. Over the past four years, Jarosz, who musically fits comfortably where contemporary folk, Americana and roots music intersect, has covered a remarkable amount of ground thus far. She has toured the United States extensively, as well as Canada and the UK, taped Austin City Limits and the BBC Series The Transatlantic Sessions and appeared on A Prairie Home Companion. Her two previous records (Song Up In Her Head and Follow Me Down) received high praise from outlets including Rolling Stone, New York Times, USA Today, Paste, Mojo, Acoustic Guitar and American Songwriter, and she has received multiple Grammy and Americana Music Association nominations.

Sarah is supported on the road by stellar musicians Alex Hargreaves (fiddle) and Nathaniel Smith (cello). Hargreaves recently completed the prestigious Berklee Global Jazz Institute at the Berklee College of Music in Boston and has been tapped to perform and record with such musicians as Jerry Douglas and jazz master Danilo Perez. Smith has toured for years with renown Cape Breton fiddler Natalie MacMaster and, more recently, in various configurations with Jeremy Kittel. Jarosz, Hargreaves and Smith, who met at various music camps when they were much younger, have been performing together since 2010; the sheer joy they express on stage during performances is contagious. Hargreaves and Smith are both featured on Jarosz’s upcoming release Build Me Up From Bones.

Andy Statman:

Born in Brooklyn but taught bluegrass through mandolin lessons, Andy Statman initially gained recognition in the bluegrass field by working with Country Cooking and co-founding Breakfast Special. His Bill Monroe and Jesse McReynolds influences are especially clear on Andy's Ramble, a 1994 release with Statman supported by an ensemble including Vassar Clements, Kenny Kosek, and Tony Trischka.

Having received considerable acclaim for his mandolin playing, Statman became interested in exploring his Jewish roots and began studying klezmer clarinet (mentored by Dave Tarras), and his subsequent recordings have found him focusing increasingly on the reed instrument, moving from klezmer to expressions of his newfound devotion to orthodox Hasidic Judaism. In 1998, he formed the Andy Statman Quartet with pianist Bruce Barth, bassist Scott Lee, and percussionist Bob Weiner, issuing the neo-klezmer outing The Hidden Light, which was followed by such releases as 2004's Wisdom Understanding Knowledge and On Air, a 2005 album recorded live the preceding year by the Andy Statman Trio (with bassist Jim Whitney and drummer Larry Eagle) for Germany's Radio Bremen.

In 2006 Statman recorded and released two Shefa label CDs that placed the two facets of his musical personality in bold relief: Awakening from Above featured Statman almost exclusively playing clarinet on a set of Jewish devotional music, while East Flatbush Blues found his mandolin skills undiminished on a bluegrass and Americana-focused set, which received a Best Country Instrumental Grammy nomination for Statman’s cover of Bill Monroe’s “Rawhide.” As a sideman, Statman played both clarinet and mandolin on Béla Fleck’s 2008 Grammy-winning holiday album, Jingle All the Way. Old Brooklyn, a star-studded Statman album displaying the many facets of his musical personality, was scheduled for release on Shefa in the fall of 2011.

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