David Grisman Folk Jazz Trio to perform at Parrish Auditorium on November 16th at 7:30 p.m.

David Grisman will be making a rare appearance in SW Ohio on November 16th with the Folk Jazz Trio featuring his son, Samson on bass, and Jim Hurst, on guitar. 

Tickets are available by calling 513 529-3200 or at http://www.miamioh.edu/boxoffice (fees apply).

This is our last show in 2013.

Coming up in 2014:

Blue Highway with special guests, Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers

Maria Muldaur and the Campbell Brothers

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Steep Canyon Rangers and Della Mae this Saturday, October 26th at Parrish Auditorium in Hamilton, Ohio

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Sean Rowe will no longer be opening for the Milk Carton Kids on November 2nd

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New York Times article previews new albums from future (Jarosz) and past (Los Lobos, Corea, Bey, and more) Miami Regional performers

A recent article in the Times provides information about a number of upcoming artists with new albums. They include:

SARAH JAROSZ Now 22, this singer-songwriter has been celebrated as a roots-music prodigy since her teens, mainly for her proficiency on mandolin, banjo and guitar. With “Build Me Up From Bones” (Sugar Hill) her third album, she moves past precocity toward the full bloom of artistry: the singing is more deeply self-assured, and the songs are grounded in truer emotional terrain. She’s also savvy about her borrowings, covering Joanna Newsom as well as Bob Dylan, with cool understatement in each case.

CHICK COREA AND THE VIGIL With “The Vigil,” recently released on Concord Jazz, the keyboardist Chick Corea began another chapter in his fusion odyssey, exploring mytho-cosmic themes with an ace young band.

MARTIN HAYES AND DENNIS CAHILL In their long collaboration, the fiddler Martin Hayes and the guitarist Dennis Cahill have found intriguing possibilities within the traditional Irish repertory — glimmers of jazz, Minimalism and chamber music — without diluting the traditional spirit.

BILL FRISELL: GERSHWIN & BEYOND Jazz at Lincoln Center entrusted the guitarist Bill Frisell with devising a series of concerts. Typically for him, he’s dealing with American music as a broad, interconnected story, containing jazz, Tin Pan Alley, country and early blues as equal parts.

ANDY BEY Solo voice-and-piano records by the 73-year-old jazz singer Andy Bey are not to be missed: they’re transfixing and transforming, revealing slow tempos and strong colors in standards and bebop and his own searching originals.

BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA Gospel meets indie rock in the latest unexpected collaboration by the venerable Blind Boys of Alabama, a group formed in the 1930s. Their producer on “I’ll Find a Way” (Sony Masterworks) is Justin Vernon, widely known as Bon Iver’s songwriter and Kanye West’s occasional collaborator.

LOS LOBOS Formed in East Los Angeles in 1973, the Mexican-American band Los Lobos drew on decades of its repertory for shows at City Winery, which were recorded for a live album: “Disconnected in New York” (429 Records).

JIM HALL TRIO/CHRIS POTTER’S UNDERGROUND ORCHESTRA The career of the great jazz guitarist Jim Hall, 82, describes one long arc of refinement. He upholds his half of this double bill with the bassist Scott Colley and the drummer Lewis Nash, a regular rhythm team. The concert’s other half belongs to the tenor saxophonist Chris Potter and an expanded version of his jazz-funkish Underground band, featuring the guitarists John Abercrombie and Peter Bernstein.

FRED HERSCH AND JULIAN LAGE Mr. Hersch, a precise and lyrical pianist, has a natural conversational partner in Mr. Lage, a young guitarist with a fluent, fastidious style. On the heels of a sparkling new album, “Free Flying” (Palmetto)


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Verdict is in: The Milk Carton Kids and Sarah Jarosz are a hit with Newport Folk Festival goers


I was also keen on the dry, tongue-in-cheek suit and tie wearing duo Milk Carton Kids, moreso than the Seattle chamber-folk band Hey Marseilles, who were pleasant enough, but they’ve got a long ways to go before stepping outside the Decemberists-Arcade Fire-Death Cab for Cutie box they’ve built.

Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/inthemix/A-Road-Trip-to-the-Newport-Folk-Festival.html#d4qHMsDv7iD55jAt.99

Dan DeLuca, Philadelphia Enquirer Folk Music Critic

Milk Carton Kids – Now this is what we were expecting out of a folk festival: classic sounds that could have come out of Greenwich Village during the Kennedy administration. The Milk Carton Kids specialize in gorgeous vocal and heart-rending melodies, but if the folk thing doesn’t work out for them they’ve definitely got a career in stand-up comedy waiting for them if they want it. But the folk thing will work, if the overwhelming reaction at the Quad stage is any indication.

The rain came early and often – a mist to begin, finding its way to a steady spit. I didn’t even notice at first, to be honest. I was nestled in the center of a large and solid tent, a few rows back, watching the Milk Carton Kids play one of the first and finest sets of Day One at the 2013 Newport Folk Festival.

“We’ve worn our finest suits,” joked Joey Ryan after the duo’s first song or two. “[We] brought these notes that’ll help us put on the most professional show possible.”

As their set unfolded, Ryan and his songwriting partner Kenneth Pattengale dropped one-liners about the remarkable collection of photographers and the crowd around the tent. No doubt they were marveling at how far they’ve come in the three years since they blended their solo careers into a collaboration so intuitive it often sounds like they’re singing in the same voice, just on different notes. Of course, between jokes, they unleashed the music, with its daringly tight harmonies and heartbreaking lyrics. They pulled mostly from their recent release The Ash and Clay (Anti-, 2013), though a few of the songs reached back farther than that. For many under this tent, though, it was likely all new.

After a day of rain and drenched shoes squishing through mud, the second day of this year’s Newport Folk Festival was beating with sun. Arriving a little late, I took a seat at the back of the crowd around the Harbor Tent for Sarah Jarosz. Backed by Nathaniel Smith on cello and Alex Hargreaves on fiddle, Jarosz moved through material from across her two already-released albums, as well as a couple of selections from her forthcoming disc – due on Sugar Hill Records Aug. 6. She covered Tim O’Brien and shared one she co-wrote with Darrell Scott. It was a lovely set, marked by Jarosz’s remarkably casual dexterity on her instruments…

Kim Ruehl

Sarah will be appearing on the Hamilton Campus of Miami University on Saturday, September 28 and The Milk Carton Kids will be in Middletown at Dave Finkelman Auditorium on November 2.

Tickets are available now by calling (513) 529-3200 or at http://www.miamioh.edu/boxoffice

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Sean Rowe added to The Milk Carton Kids Show at Miami Middletown on Nov. 2

Sean Rowe will open the evening on Saturday, November 2nd at Miami University Middletown. The Wall Street Journal describes Sean this way, “He is a true singer, and his guitar style is unique to himself.”

Get more information about Sean at his website, http://www.seanrowe.net 

You can purchase tickets for this show and all Miami University Regional events at http://www.miamioh.edu/boxoffice or by calling the box office at 513 529-3200 during business hours.

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Milk Carton Kids album, The Ash and Clay. named as one of the best albums of 2013 (so far) by Glide Magazine

Glide Magazine –Best albums of 2013 (so far)

Milk Carton Kids- The Ash & Clay

With obvious comparisons to Simon and Garfunkel, this T-Bone Burnett-produced album hits all types of sweet spots: rich vocal harmonies, emotive guitar work and poetic lyrics. Their classic folk revival sound of twin acoustic guitars and matching harmonies never sounds obtrusive or wrong, but instead, like a good Gillian Welch tune, conjures a peaceful easy feeling.

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The Reviews Are In From Telluride: Sarah jarosz, Milk Carton Kids, Bela Fleck, Steep Canyon Rangers

Lee Zimmerman recently posted a multiple day review from the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. We have included portions concerning our upcoming artists who are appearing this Fall at Miami Hamilton and Miami Middletown. 

“The day began innocently enough, as any day in paradise ought to. Arriving toward the end of Sarah Jarosz’s opening set, we caught enough to reconfirm our suspicions that the young Ms. Jarosz, now all of only 21, is indeed one of those child prodigies one only reads about but rarely gets to witness. Her choice of covers – Dylan’s Ring Them Bells among them – prove the prerequisite to honing a careful tuned youth, that is, to learn from the masters.

The duo that dubbed themselves the Milk Carton Kids followed, first-timers and by definition, Telluride virgins. Their exceptional new album, “Ash and Clay,” is the first to bring them to the masses, a follow-up to two previous albums generously offered for free download. Noting the fact that they appeared overdressed in their matching suits, they remarked how undressed the crowd seemed by comparison. Although their songs and harmonies most frequently bring to mind Simon and Garfunkel, even freakishly at times, in concert they recall the brotherly harmonies of the Everlys, with Joey Ryan’s bespeckled appearance and ’60s era mop top also bringing to mind vintage pairings like Peter and Gordon and Chad and Jeremy.

On the other hand, Ryan’s comedic introductions, often at the expense of his straitlaced partner Kenneth Pattengale, might make the Smothers Brothers the best basis for comparison. Introducing one song, Ryan remarked that Pattengale had composed it in anticipation of the arrival of his daughter. Never mind the fact that they’ve been singing it for two years, and he’s yet to find a mother to bring a child into the world.


Notably then, North Carolina’s Steep Canyon Rangers managed to maintain that high bar, little surprise considering their dexterity in blending various musical forms with the bluegrass that provides their point of departure. Their latest album, “Nobody Knows You,” proved the highlight of their set, offering the title track, Rescue Me and Asheville Town, songs clearly destined to become standards in their set. A new percussionist added to the rush of tempos and melody, but as always, it was fiddler Nicky Sanders that threatened to steal the show. Yet, for all their remarkable syncopation and interplay, the tuneful trappings of their material still sway even those lacking bluegrass bearings. Indeed, the first of two appearances they’d make on day one – the second would be in the company of Steve Martin – proved to be a definitive definition of why Steep Canyon Rangers may be the genre’s most able ambassadors to the world at large.


The problem with multi-day festivals is that they always seem to fly by too quickly. Elation turns to exhaustion. Anticipation becomes the realization that all things, music included, must eventually come to an end. It’s anticlimactic in a very real way; after witnessing such great sounds each of the preceding three days, it’s hard to reach a new bar so late in the proceedings.

Not that Telluride didn’t try. An early morning set by a solo Bela Fleck turned on the natural wonderment of what the man can accomplish with a traditional stringed instrument, stretching its parameters into realms heretofore unimagined. Indeed, who would ever have dreamed that he would single-handedly tackle side two of “Abbey Road” and provide such a straight on reminder of those melodies?”

We are looking for reviews from the Newport Folk Festival to post next. Stay tuned.


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1923 Lloyd Loar Gibson F-5 Mandolin from Guitars: Roundups to Rockers

1923 Lloyd Loar Gibson F-5 Mandolin from Guitars: Roundups to Rockers

This from the current exhibition at the Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis. The mandolin was loaned to the exhibit by Vince Gill.

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Middletown Performers (2010-2013)

2012-13 Season

Hugh Laurie, Dailey and Vincent, Esperanza Spaulding, Mary Black, Arlo Guthrie,  Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Chick Corea

2011-12 Season (Middletown High School)

Earl Klugh and Nnenna Freelon, The Sam Bush Band, The Grascals and Josh Williams Band, Aaron Neville

2010-11 Season

Doc Watson, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, Punch Brothers, Keb Mo, Randy Newman, Arlo Guthri

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