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‘EasyStreet’ to perform Saturday at Freeshade

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EasyStreet

A new bluegrass band has emerged on the regional stage—”EasyStreet.” The band, with local roots, will be performing Saturday, April 25, at Freeshade Community Center at Syringa near Topping.

The new band was formed when several seasoned bluegrass musicians from the Tidewater region got together for an impromptu “jam session” in August 2008. “The music was so good from the start that forming a group was a no-brainer,” said a band spokesperson.

The members include Joe Edwards of Topping, who sings and plays fiddle and guitar. He has played with several bluegrass stars, including Ralph Stanley, Doyle Lawson and Charlie Daniels. He was a member of the “Wayne T. Holt Band” for several years.

Randy Crittenden of Hardyville, plays Dobro and sings. A former member of the popular “Made From Scratch” and “Flatt Out” bluegrass bands, he leads the group on stage, introducing the songs and joking with the audience.

Krista Tabor of West Point is a 17-year-old phenom who can play anything with strings.  A former cellist with the Williamsburg Youth Orchestra, she sings and plays mandolin, fiddle, guitar and bass.

Mike Nicely of Gloucester, sings and plays guitar.  He is also a former member of “Made From Scratch” and “Flatt Out.”

John Vondra is the banjo wizard for EasyStreet.  Originally from Montana, he now makes his home in Sharps.  “John is becoming recognized as one of the best new banjoists in the region, and is possibly the best guitar player in a band full of good guitar players,” said the spokesperson.

Randy Carlton of Mascot plays bass and sings. A former member of the “Wayne T. Holt Band” and “Honeywind,” he also plays banjo and mandolin.

EasyStreet is currently in the recording studio working on its first CD, due to be released by mid-June.

To find out more about EasyStreet or its upcoming schedule, visit easystreetbluegrass.bandvista.com or call Randy Carlton at 804-366-6669.

Also performing this Saturday night at Freeshade will be “Country Stew” and Harbor Towne.” The music begins at 7 p.m. There is no admission fee. Donations are accepted to help with expenses.

posted 04.22.2009

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