Bluegrass phenoms grace stage at Haven
The Haven Underground will play host to an EP Release Party for Paige Anderson and the Fearless Kin at 7:30 p.m. today (Feb. 21). They will be joined by special guests 10 String Symphony, Jessica Agnew and Brendan Phillips.
Tickets for the all-ages show are $12, and kids 12 and under are free.
Paige Anderson and The Fearless Kin’s history started back in 2004, as Paige, Aimee, Ethan and mom Christy, were playing music, traveling, recording albums and more in their family’s band, Anderson Family Bluegrass. Paige, Aimee and Ethan started developing extravagant, unique and strong sibling harmonies together with vocal styles resembling music from the Appalachian Mountains. Come 2005, the kids were asked to be a part of the International Bluegrass Music Awards Kids on Bluegrass show in Nashville, Tenn. Since then, Anderson Family Bluegrass has traveled many states, released two self-produced albums and performed at many festivals and events.
Paige became interested in songwriting in 2009 when she and Chuck Ragan co-wrote her first song, “Larcena.” Since then, Paige has been writing many more songs and is currently working on her first EP consisting of almost all original tunes. Paige has been recognized for her flatpicking talent as well. She started the guitar at 9 years old, has been featured in Flatpicking Guitar Magazine several times, recorded guitar on multiple projects with various artists and held the title of teen ambassador for the California Bluegrass Association (2008-2011). She also plays bass, and clawhammer banjo. Paige is sponsored by Schenk Guitars.
Aimee was inspired to learn the fiddle after seeing someone play “Orange Blossom Special” at a bluegrass festival in 2003. She picked up the fiddle the following year and started performing with her sister, Paige. Aimee has been recognized for her strong style of fiddle playing and her unique vocal style. She has been called the “harmony genius” in the family, being able to come up with solid harmony parts almost immediately. Aimee plays a beautiful custom-made fiddle by Frank Daniels of Frank’s Fiddles in Idaho. When not playing music, Aimee also has a passion for photography.
Ethan, who also answers to the name “Bo,” took up mandolin in 2004, inspired by the recordings of Bill Monroe and the picking of Paige and Aimee. Ethan is highly influenced by Ronnie McCoury in addition to Monroe, and he’s got a bluesy, improvisational sound all his own. Like his sisters, he plays more than one instrument and sings harmonies; he’s recently started playing banjo and guitar.
Christy is the bass player in Paige Anderson and The Fearless Kin and Anderson Family Bluegrass, is the kids school teacher, a mother to four children, wife and a strong and kind woman with many talents. Christy picked up the bass back in 2005 and is known for her solid playing.
Although difficult to categorize, the music of 10 String Symphony is instantly recognizable as a blend of two distinct but equally vivacious musical voices. Vocally, Rachel Baiman and Christian Sedelmyer lock in seamlessly, and their vocal duets often take center stage, despite the fact that they are self-described fiddle players. While their love of traditional fiddle music (old-time bluegrass, Scottish) is evident in their music, a diversity in taste and influence is equally apparent, and their original repertoire is complemented by songs by Townes van Zandt and Loudon Wainwright III. Decidedly contemporary in their musical approach, their debut album showcases Sedelmyer’s virtuosic improvisation and love of dissonance alongside Baiman’s old-time rhythm and emotional melodic sensibilities.
The two Nashville-based musicians are well established individually in the acoustic music world. Sedelmyer, originally from Erie, Pa., moved to Nashville in 2008. Rachel Baiman grew up in the Chicago area and is a two-time Illinois state fiddle champion.
Opening the evening with a short acoustic set is local singer/songwriter Jessica Agnew. She writes the prettiest songs and sings like a bird and will feature special guest Brendan Phillips of Fast Rattler on banjo
Music starts at 8 p.m. at the Haven Underground, 226 Broad St. in Nevada City. Tickets available at BriarPatch Co-Op and the Nevada City Box Office or online at http://havenunderground.org.
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