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The Sweetwater String Band
April 30, 2016
Sweetwater String Band returns to the Divided Sky in Meyers on Saturday, April 30.
Sweetwater String Band is a cello driven “soulgrass” band founded in the Eastern Sierra of California in 2008. Their music blends Chatham County Line style lyricism with Yonder Mountain String Band style energy, wrapping audiences in an enthusiastic yet introspective atmosphere. Since 2012 the band has completed several successful tours of the West Coast, Desert Southwest, and Colorado, including recent festival appearances at RapidGrass, YarmonyGrass, Lost Sierra Hoedown, Durango Bluegrass Meltdown, Millpond Music Festival and Humboldt Hills Hoedown, as well as upcoming appearances at the Parkfield Bluegrass Festival, Huck Finn Jubilee, Kate Wolf and Strawberry Music Festivals.
Their music often deals with serious issues such as mountaintop removal coal mining, workers rights, and the attempt to find middle ground in todays divided political arena. This seriousness is balanced by ghost stories, drinking songs, heart ache, and tales from the long, lonesome road. The band has released two full length albums of all original material (Debut, 2011 and River of Rhymes, 2014) featuring the songwriting of Scott Roberts (mandolin/vocals) and David Huebner (cello/vocals), with Jeff Meadway on guitar and Patrick Ferguson on bass. Gideon Thomas of No Depression describes River of Rhymes as: “a work of both intimacy and wide-scale, cinematic vistas…instantly likeable, a truly worthy listen. The songs are great, their playing immaculate, and their approach and subject matters fascinating.”