"Big and Lonesome! Perfect Strangers could be just a collection of terrific songwriters, dynamic singers and dead-on players. What makes them a great bluegrass band is their extremely high Coefficient of Lonesomeness."-Lee Bjorndal
~Almost all of the Perfect Strangers bluegrass band are back together for a reunion show! Perfect Strangers is a band of established bluegrass veterans with talent and vitality to burn. The group was assembled by Chris Brashear to play on his CD Wanderlust which was released on Copper Creek Records to much critical acclaim and a lot of airplay. They jelled so well they decided to continue playing together. The group played major folk and bluegrass music festivals from coast to coast. All the band members sing and all are songwriters. This show is a reunion concert of almost the entire band.
Chris Brashear is a charismatic singer with a high, clear voice, a dynamic instrumentalist, and a songwriter with a penchant for writing memorable, perhaps classic, bluegrass songs on topics other than failed love. He has been Laurie Lewis's bassist, the fiddler for Kentucky Rose, and played jazz violin with the Maurizio Geri Swingtet. Since his co-founding in 1988 of the bluegrass band, Kentucky Rose, Chris has also earned a well deserved reputation as a creative and visceral songwriter. Chris's latest recording, "Heart of the Country", produced by Jim Rooney, was released August 24, 2012. Chris is the band's fiddler.
National Flatpicking Champion Peter McLaughlin is the band's guitarist. He is equally powerful as a rhythm player and soloist. Peter played in Laurie Lewis's band for several years, records for Dog Boy Records, and is the elder brother (and original mentor) of (Johnson Mountain Boy) David McLaughlin. Peter and Chris have a special musical telepathy that is one of the Perfect Strangers not-so-secret weapons. They have recorded two albums together during their 20 year music collaboration "Canyoneers" and "So Long Arizona" which received high critical acclaim.
Jody Stecher is a music innovator of considerable stature who also is a repository of tradition. Jody received a 1999 Indy Award, has been a Grammy finalist several times for his work with Kate Brislin, and is an inspired song finder and arranger. A musician of constant aesthetic integrity, Jody is regarded as one of America's leading traditional folk artists. He sings true bluegrass style and plays surprising mandolin with a big, round tone. His guitar stylings are
fluid, evolving and subjects to flights of fancy and improvisation.
Paul Knight's list of accolades is as impressive as for any bass player. He has been playing with Peter Rowan in various configurations for over 15 years. His driving acoustic bass has been part of recordings and live performances with a wide range of musicians including Jim Lauderdale, Laurie Lewis, and Crooked Jades, Paul is host to his own music series, Paul Knight & Friends, in his hometown of Point Reyes Station.
Fri 11/9 Almost Perfect Strangers Reunion (8p)($13-15)
Ticket URL: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/285956
“Wanderlust is one of the best bluegrass recordings I have heard in years, which is something I do not say lightly. From the first song, Mason’s Lament, which is already a modern classic, Brashear offers up crystal perfect original gems such as Lost Soldier Son and Wanderlust, which could become classics in their own right.”–Steve Goldfield, Fiddler Magazine
"Chris sings in the honest tradition of Carter Stanley and Maybelle Carter"-Jim Rooney
"Perfect Strangers are something quite special... The true and deep understanding of bluegrass, coupled with a strong creative charge is a very unusual combination these days. They are a bluegrass supergroup!"-Pete Wernick
Almost Perfect Strangers is:
Chris Brashear: fiddle, vocals
Jody Stecher: mandolin, vocals
Peter McLaughlin: guitar, vocals
Paul Knight: acoustic bass, mandolin, vocals