Uncle Earl (#1109)

Down-home bluegrass and old-time tunes bring the string band legacy into the modern era.

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Combining sharp musicianship and a unique mix of original and traditional songs, country bluegrass group Uncle Earl brings the legacy of classic string band music into a contemporary setting.

Uncle Earl began in 1999, when two friends—singer, guitarist, and mandolin aficionado K.C. Groves and singer and guitarist Jo Serrapere—decided to record an album of primarily traditional material. “We really had no intention of performing together—much less starting a band,” Groves reflects. “But in order to promote the record, we put together a small band to do a few CD release shows in Colorado and Michigan.” After the success of the mini-tour and album, Groves chose to continue the band, guiding the evolution of Uncle Earl through a series of lineup changes over the next six years.

The roster for this Jubilee performance includes Groves, Rayna Gellert on fiddle, banjo player Abby Washburn, guitarist Kristin Andreassen, and Sharon Gilchrist on bass. Through constant touring and recording, the band has found approval with a diverse audience of fans of folk, old-time, alt-country, bluegrass, rock, and pop music. Onstage, the musicians trade solos and lead vocals with ease, displaying an impressive musical range throughout their lively and entertaining show.