Stairwell Sisters

  • July 10, 2019
  • By Admin: sfbluegrass
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Driving stringband music, sweet country harmonies, and red-hot buckdancing: the Stairwell Sisters offer all this and more when they bring their passion for old-time country songs and rowdy fiddle tunes to the Freight for a wild, good-time show. Energetic musicianship and tight vocal arrangements are the order of the hour when Lisa Berman (dobro), Stephanie Prausnitz (fiddle), Evie Ladin (clawhammer banjo and clogging), Martha Hawthorne (bass), and Sue Sandlin (guitar and tiple) take the stage with their fiddle tunes from Alabama to Scotland, old songs of trains, boats and possums, and new songs of trial and work, loss and love, and all-night parties.

True Blue 2 is as traditional as a band can get: not soft or polite, but compelling in a way that is both fresh and familiar. They bring together the three crucial elements of good bluegrass: instinctive harmonies, soul, and an organic rhythmic feel reminiscent of Flatt & Scruggs. This band is an example of what can happen when four people share a musical sensibility and joy in what they are doing. True Blue 2 is Del Williams on guitar, Avram Siegel on banjo, Jeff King on bass, and Ed Neff on mandolin, with everyone pitching in on vocals.