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Tony Trischka's Early Roman Kings: The Music of Bob Dylan

November 05, 2016
8:00 PM


Tony Trischka and company’s Early Roman Kings: The Music of Bob Dylan features music from over half a century of insanely creative music… from the very beginning to the present, with a whole lot in between. As Jimmy Carter said at the 2015 Music Cares Grammy event, where Dylan received the Person of the Year Award, “There’s no doubt his words on peace and human rights are much more incisive and much more powerful and much more permanent than those of any President of the United States”. That side of his mercurial career, and many others, will be mined for hidden gems as well as the mother lode hits. Early Roman Kings are Tony Trischka on banjo and pedal steel; Stash Wyslouch on guitar and vocals; Sean Trischka on drums and vocals; and Jared Engel on bass.

Tony Trischka is considered to be one of the most influential banjo players in the roots music world. A 2012 United States Artists Friends Fellow, Trischka has, for more than 45 years, inspired generations of bluegrass and acoustic musicians with the many innovative and historical voices he has brought to the instrument. Tony maintains a national and international touring schedule. For these Early Roman Kings: The Music of Bob Dylan shows, he is thrilled to play some tunes by a musical hero he met over 50 years ago, in honor of the artist’s 75th birthday. He’s equally thrilled to be enjoying this experience with Sean Trischka, Stash Wyslouch, and Jared Engel, brilliant musicians and fun guys!

Boston-based Stash Wyslouch is one of bluegrass’ great young genre-bending pioneers. He got his start as a guitarist in metal bands before immersing himself in the structures of roots music as a member of progressive bluegrass act, The Deadly Gentlemen. Now paving his own way as a solo artist with a new group, bluegrass and metal collide to form an original, honest and thoughtful sound. His debut album, Stash! (2015), features 19 original songs and a stellar band… including Sean Trischka on drums and vocals, Duncan Wickel on fiddle, and Noam Wiesenberg on bass.

“Drummist” and singer-songwriter Sean Trischka, a 2015 Berklee College of Music graduate, was raised in a musically-rich household. To quote his website: “My name is Sean Trischka. I write songs, sing, play the drums, and wear pants. I’m currently living in Boston, MA (hometown of Whitey Bulger and birthplace of New Kids On The Block). In the past few years I’ve been fortunate enough to perform and/or record with The Deadly Gentlemen, Oteil Burbridge (The Allman Brothers Band), members of Lake Street Dive, Darol Anger, Sam Bush, Victor Wooten, Julian Lage and many others.”

Jared Engel is an upright bassist and four-string banjoist in high demand in the New York Metropolitan area. His involvement in a wide array of musical groups is astonishing, as he is equally at home in all of them: bluegrass, Appalachian old time and so much jazz: New Orleans style, traditional, hot jazz, swing, you name it. He performs intimate venues and at large, world-renowned music festivals. Where there’s great music, there’s Jared Engel. Like the other Early Roman Kings, he’s performed with each of them, but never all together as a group… He’s stoked to be doing it now to the tunes of Bob Dylan.

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