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The Blue Ribbon Boys

December 08, 2007
8:00 PM


What began as a bluegrass band, containing members of Jim & Jennie and the Pinetops and The Hunger Mountain Boys, eventually morphed into something entirely different. A few line-up changes, a few years, and a few too many influences of everything from 20s and 30s swing jazz, to 80s underground pop, have led this band down to an eclectic cross-roads. Enter the addition of the Boys self-penned songs and frequent guest horn players and The Blue Ribbon Boys have begun to find their own sound.

This 5 to 8 piece band (depending on the night) falls somewhere on the country-jazz-noir side of Bob Wills and The Squirrel Nut Zippers. Adding to this melding of sounds, the Boys frequently belt out unison singing in Yiddish and German, and the cover songs stretch as far as Daniel Johnston to the classic catalog of Dorothy Fields and Jimmy Mchugh.

Shows tend to swing from loud, raucous and rowdy to sweet and smooth, sometimes within a song.

Appearing without recent vocal collaborator Julia Gottlieb for this night at The Rosendale, the Boys will be pulling from their swingin’ material.

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