Series 42 presents Roosevelt Dime w/Woody Pines
Two great acts covering nearly the entire spectrum of Americana music.
May 2, 2014 · 7:00pm
7pm doors | 8:30pm music
To listen to the music of Roosevelt Dime is to take a journey through American roots music. Inspiredby Appalachian string bands, Memphis soul, New Orleans dixieland, and the musical melting pot of Brooklyn which they call home, the band has forged a sound they’ve come to call Steamboat Soul. After years of thrilling audiences at festivals and venues across the country, the band has fully capturedthe energy and musicianship of their live performance on Full Head of Steam (2014).
Andrew Green (banjo, guitar) and Eben Pariser (electric bass, gutbucket bass) met at Oberlin College and continued their musical collaboration after settling in NYC. Tony Montalbano brought his distinctive drumming to the band shortly after, and Seth Paris (clarinet, saxophone) added his background in big band and west African brass music to fill out the diverse sound. The band developed by busking in the streets and subway stations, where they learned what it took to stop someone in their tracks, turn them from a stranger into a listener, from a listener into a sidewalk lindy-hopper.
The songs on Full Head of Steam, which were recorded primarily live and direct to analog tape, provide the setting for incredible performances by some special guest collaborators (Chris Eldridge of the Punch Brothers, Red Molly) as well as some of NYC’s top players (Bruce Harris and Sam Hoyt on trumpets, David Farrell on piano). It’s the writing that takes center stage and sets Roosevelt Dime apart though. With Green and Pariser penning the tunes and sharing lead vocal duties, they can conjure The Band and Dr. Dog on “Calvary” as seamlessly as Professor Longhair and Jackie Wilson on “I Want Mo!” not to mention bringing new life to the traditional songbook with a wailing version of “St. James Infirmary” and their clave-propelled “Cocaine Habit Blues.”
Roosevelt Dime has recently been featured in The Philadelphia Folk Fest, Musikfest, No Depression, On Your Radar with WFUV’s John Platt, and official showcases at the International Folk Alliance in Memphis 2011, and Toronto 2013.
“A perpetual crowd-pleaser…” —New York Times
“Woody Pines brings that low-key street corner style of performance to his stage show, but with all the polish and seasoned professionalism of tour-bus-and-green-room rock stardom.” ~ Ali Marshall, Mtn Xpress
No stranger to fans of the new folk music coming from all corners of the USA. Alongside artists like Old Crow Medicine Show and Pokey LaFarge, Woody Pines continues to forage thru the secret world of old 78′s and to write new chapters in the Anthology of American Music. Integrating sounds from Leadbelly to Bob Dylan, from Woodie Guthrie to Preservation Hall, Woody Pines belts out songs of fast cars, pretty women and hard luck with a distinctive vintage twang.
The Woody Pines sound is completed with Shawn Supra slapping away on the upright bass, Brad Tucker on lead guitar and backing vocals, Joe Giotta on drums and Woody on guitar, harmonica and lead vocals. They have logged over 7,800 miles in there van last year, with two trips to the UK and Ireland. ‘Counting Alligators’ was #7 on the Americana Charts)
Next year is filling up fast and Woody Pines is planning to release a new record in early 2014. If next years tour is anything like last year, they will bring a copy to each and every one who is lucky enough to catch this band live.