Nuttin’ But Stringz/The Betweeners (#1117)

Genre-blending tunes from a pair of teenage brothers and a Kentucky-based acoustic band.


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Nuttin’ But Stringz and the Betweeners demonstrate their extraordinary ability to successfully blend genres on this edition of Jubilee, recorded at the 2005 Master Musicians Festival in Somerset.

Teenage brothers Damien and Tourie Escobar of New York, both talented violinists who attended the Juilliard School of Music, make up Nuttin’ But Stringz. They have performed their original blend of classical music, jazz, R&B, and hip-hop on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Ellen Degeneres Show and at the Apollo Theatre. Their debut album, Struggle from the Subway to the Charts, is set for release in the fall of 2006.

The Betweeners, founded by Hazard native and Louisville resident Stephen Couch, is an acoustic band that plays original American roots music, blending elements of bluegrass, blues, swing, and soul. The band includes bassist Owen Reynolds, guitarist Eddy Green, and drummer Chet Surgener. The Betweeners’ Jubilee appearance includes tunes from a recent CD entitled Matador Karma.