New Bryan Bowers Band album, Woodland Dream, available now.
“Sitting On Top Of The World”
BRYAN BOWERS BAND
For over five decades, Bryan Bowers has been to the autoharp what Earl Scruggs was to the five-string banjo. He presents instrumental virtuosity combined with warmth, eloquence, expression and professionalism.
Bower’s creativity and talent have won him inductions into Frets Magazine’s First Gallery of the Greats, as well as being the first living member inducted into the Autoharp Hall of Fame after Maybelle Carter, Kilby Snow, and Sara Carter. Master of the Autoharp, singer/songwriter, and riveting storyteller, Bryan has teamed up with two multi-talented musicians, Danny Knicely (world class Virginian mandolinist, guitarist, and mandocellist) and Geoff Goodhue (New England based singer and multi-instrumentalist) to create American folk and mountain music at its finest.
Danny Knicely is a multi-talented musician and music producer from the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. He is constantly active, performing and recording his own music and working with other musicians and dancers. As a multi-instrumentalist, Danny has won many awards for his mandolin, guitar, and fiddle expertise, including first place in the mandolin contest at the prestigious Telluride Bluegrass Festival. Danny has the chameleon-like ability to blend into almost any musical situation and has appeared with many top performers of Bluegrass, Old-time, Swing, Jazz, Blues, Rock, Folk, Latin, Country, Irish, Americana, and World Music
Geoff Goodhue took up violin at age 5 and went on to graduate from Ohio University in 2004 with a B.F.A. in Percussion Performance. Now living in New Hampshire, Geoff sings and plays mandolin with Beg, Steal or Borrow who performed at the 2017 Grey Fox Festival. He also serves as drummer for the Vermont Vaudeville house band. Geoff’s family outfit, The Goodhues Band, was featured at the 2016 Mountain Laurel Autoharp Gathering. As a member of Athens Ohio’s Realbilly Jive, Geoff recorded drums on J.D. Hutchison’s You and the World Outside, released on Howdy Skies Records last September with Tim O’Brien. The band performed on Mountain Stage last January.
Folk Alley Awards Woodland Dream as a top-ten for the year!
7. Bryan Bowers Band – Woodland Dream
“Bryan Bowers is a folk legend, with a long and storied career as an autoharp master and folk singer. The autoharp’s a humble instrument, too often derided for being “easy” to play. Bowers and others like Appalachian artist Kilby Snow have shown the instrument’s possibilities and inspired others to push forward as well. The new album from the Bryan Bowers Band is a grab-bag of great folk songs, and interestingly what sticks with the listener is the mix of vocal harmonies. Powerful, rich, buoyed by pleasing arrangements, this seems like an album crafted for listening. I hesitate to say that it was crafted for folk music aficionados, but it sure seems like that. There’s a lot of weight to Bowers’ years and experiences in folk music, but he doesn’t flaunt that. He seems content to head up a folk album that makes you believe in the genre again. That’s a pretty good accomplishment!”