The High 48s Album Release w/ Robbie Fulks & Don Stiernberg
On May 2, The High 48s will celebrate the release of their new album "Great Northern Railroad" with a concert at the O'Shaughnessy Education Center Auditorium on the campus of the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul. The High 48s will be joined by alt-country legend Robbie Fulks and world-renowned jazz and bluegrass mandolinist Don Stiernberg, who will close the evening out with a duo performance of originals and classic bluegrass "brother" duets.
"Great Northern Railroad," The High 48s' sixth release, is a collection of original, classic and out-of- the-way train songs. Recorded in Nashville and produced by Grammy-winner Randy Kohrs (Jim Lauderdale), "Great Northern Railroad" takes a modern and distinctly midwestern approach to the classic bluegrass train song.
The album features original material by The High 48s' Anthony Ihrig (banjo and vocals) and Eric Christopher (fiddle and vocals) as well songs by Minnesota's own Becky Schlegel, Iowa-based singer- songwriter Greg Brown and Linda Williams, artists who are well known to audiences in the Midwest as regulars on A Prairie Home Companion.
Formed in 2006, The High 48s are a traditional bluegrass band from the Twin Cities and winners of the prestigious RockyGrass Bluegrass Band Competition, joining the ranks of such bluegrass luminaries as the Steep Canyon Rangers and the Yonder Mountain String Band. The High 48s are longtime favorites on the bluegrass festival circuit, bringing their high-energy brand of "mountain soul" to festival stages around the country.
Robbie Fulks' 2013 release "Gone Away Backward," which was produced by Steve Albini (Nirvana) at Electrical Audio in Chicago, is a return to his bluegrass roots. Fulks, like The High 48s' singer/guitarist Marty Marrone and mandolinist Don Stiernberg, is a former of the Grammy-winning bluegrass band Special Consensus.
On "Gone Away Backward," Fulks reflects on his youth in rural Virginia and is backed up by a cast of bluegrass and Americana all-stars, including Mike Bub (Del McCoury Band), Ron Spears (Doyle Lawson) and Jenny Scheinman (Bill Frisell).
In 2008, Fulks began playing in small, unplugged settings, including regular gigs at Barbes in Brooklyn and a long-term residency at the Hideout in Chicago. It was at the Hideout that Fulks and Stiernberg first played regularly as a duo, digging into the extensive back catalog of bluegrass "brother" duets, from the brothers Louvin to Delmore to Stanley to Monroe, as well as giving their original material the bluegrass treatment.
Long a critics' favorite, Robbie Fulks recently received a ringing on-air endorsement from comedian and Golden Globes winner Tina Fey, who called Fulks a "genius" and urged her fans to "buy everything" he has released.
In addition to his bluegrass pedigree, Don Stiernberg is widely considered the heir apparent to jazz mandolin great Jethro Burns, with whom he studied and eventually toured. His fans include some of the best known mandolinists today, including David Grisman and Mike Marshall, who has called him "the foremost jazz mandolinist in America today."
Stiernberg will also be teaching a mandolin workshop on Friday, May 2nd from 2-4pm in Saint Paul. For more information or to register for the workshop, contact Eric Christopher at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-271-4392.
O'Shaughnessy Educational Center (OEC) (View)
2115 Summit Ave
St. Paul, MN 55105
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