888 Liberty St. N.E. / Salem, OR, 97301
Friday, July 7, 2017
8 p.m.Free21 and over
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Since early 2015, Scratchdog Stringband has been setting a new standard for Americana/Bluegrass. Based in Portland, OR and touring throughout the Pacific Northwest, this trio delivers a fresh amalgamation of classic and contemporary Americana music. These artisans continually hone their technical finesse through exuberant experimentation and intuitive improvisation. The sound that emerges is uniquely "Scratchdog," deriving from influences in Rock, Folk, Country and Jazz.
The band is an elemental force of songwriters, arrangers and performers. Andrew DeRossett (guitar, banjo, vocals) and Kimbo Kumada (bass, vocals) hold down the rhythm section tight and tough, while James Rossi (fiddle, mandolin, vocals) is free to explore the high notes. The band's dynamic instrumentation is showcased in "The Scratchdog Shuffle," where the string-boxes are passed between the members in almost every variation, providing an intricate backdrop to their blended vocals.
These mutts will capture their developed sound on a full-length album to be released in the spring of 2016. The result will be masterful, unpretentious music from musicians who share a common goal and consider themselves in purposeful servitude of music.
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