Fret Not, The Wronglers, Family Lines
San Francisco Bluegrass & Old-Time Festival Show
Fret Not (www.fretnotgospel.com)
Fret Not plays boot-stomping old-time roots gospel. Lead by Lori Arthur's fiery singing, with songs from the traditions of America's black and white rural churches, it's as if the Whitstein Brothers and Sister Rosetta Tharpe held a barn dance together. In fact, Lori's grandparents did just that on their New Mexico ranch during the Great Depression, with Eugenia, her grandmother, on rhythm guitar just like Lori is now, and her great-uncle, grandfather, and great grandfather on banjo and twin fiddles. Most everyone else in Fret Not also leads or at least plays lead in church worship bands, or fronts their own gospel bands of two-timing pickers, or teaches true and right music to kids. So it's in their blood. It's also in their calling. Fret Not brings the old-time gospel to the dispirited and disheart-ened of modern life, with most appearances in prisons, recovery missions, funerals, and at benefits. There is something in the old songs, borne out of the suffering of slavery and company towns, failing farms, and untimely death, that prepares the heart to hear in the Word the only Uplifting Gospel there is.
The Wronglers (www.myspace.com/thewronglers)
The Wronglers (Warren Hellman, Nate Levine, Bill Martin, Krista Martin, Colleen Browne, and Chris Hellman) have now been performing together for some 3 and a half years, much to their own amazement. They continue to expand their repertoire to include more original and old-time material, with various members now taking forays into the vocal arena as well (they are up to 4 vocalists!). 2010 is going to be a particularly special year for The Wronglers as they have been invited to perform at both SXSW and The Old Settlers Festival in Texas, as well as return to High Mountain Hay Fever in Colorado for a second time. And theres nothing a Wrongler likes more than spreading its love of music amongst the like-minded in this country. Of note is the fact that one member of The Wronglers is San Franciscos beloved Warren Hellman, founder of the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival.
Family Lines (www.familylinesmusic.com)
Like all families, Family Lines has history. And what a history it is. As a professional actress Susan Nielsen shared the stage with Bob Hope, Merv Griffin, Bill Cosby, and other national stars before shifting gears and getting back to her musical roots as a vocalist and composer. Tim McDonald has been honing his singing and guitar picking skills since he was just a kid. He played lead in several Bay area groups, including Axis and The Kings Men, before going it alone as a solo artist. And string master Ken Frankel has been part of the California music scene since the 60s, performing with music notables such as Jerry Garcia, Richard Green, Rick Shubb, Sandy Rothman, Robert Hunber, and Tom Constanten. Put 'em together and what have you got? A trio that performs outstanding original music as well as folk, blues and roots favorites. This acoustic family features rich vocal harmonies that blend somewhere beyond the DNA. Family Lines delivers lively and riveting performances that'll get you out of your seats and make you feel like--well, like family.
Noe Valley Ministry
1021 Sanchez Street
San Francisco, CA
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