Demolition String Band

Demolition String Band

 Union City, New Jersey, USA

Eminent mainstays of New York's bluegrass and country-rock scene, Elena Skye and Boo Reiners bring their singular Demolition String Band back to their roots in their latest album Gracious Days. The set showcases traditional-styled originals along with meaningful covers from Woody Guthrie, Appalachian singer-songwriter Ola Belle Reed, outsider Blaze Foley and even The Ramones. But whatever the sources, Skye and Reiners--and their stellar cohorts--stamp them with their own indelible and instantly


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Gracious Days release date: March 6th, 2012 from Varese Vintage

Elena and Boo: "We have finished a fabulous new album produced by three time Grammy Award winner Steve Rosenthal. We tracked the songs at Water Music Recorders in Hoboken, NJ and did some overdubs at Steve's NYC studio The Magic Shop where he mixed the album. It features our own original material as well as songs by artists who have influenced our music including Woody Guthrie, The Ramones, Ola Belle Reed, Mickey Newbury and Blaze Foley. The tracks feature Demolition String Band stalwarts Mike Santoro on bass and Kenny Soule on drums as well as guest musicians hand picked by Rosenthal. Drummer Tony Leone (Levon Helme, Ollabelle, Shooter Jennings), bassist Catherine Popper (Grace Potter, Ryan Adams, Rowan & Rice, Nora Jones), multi-stringman David Mansfield (Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Bruce Hornsby), fiddler Lisa Gutkin (The Klezmatics, Rachel Yamagata), keyboardist Jimi Zhivago (Ollabelle) and horn player Neal Pawley (Southside Johnny, Bon Jovi) all added their beautiful playing to the sessions."

"Working with Steve Rosenthal has been a great opportunity for us. He has helped us find the 'skeleton' of our music, the bare essentials of our process, and his involvement has brought more into focus some of our core musical values. These are all things that a great producer hopefully tries to do and we feel that he has largely succeeded. Steve was committed to recording us and the supporting musicians in a live, organic setting. There were challenges with this format but the results are real and authentic."

As leaders of Demolition String Band, Elena and Boo have shared bills, tours and performed on stage and in the studio with an eclectic roster of artists in the US and abroad that easily reflects the range of their own musical tastes and sensibilities including The Avett Brothers, Ryan Adams, Patti Smith, Robert Randolph, Joan Osborne, Southern Culture On The Skids, Railroad Earth, Ricky Skaggs, Asleep At The Wheel, Michele Shocked, Donna The Buffalo, Lenny Kaye, Bottle Rockets, Mary Gauthier, Tim O'Brien, Michele Shocked, Laura Cantrell, Ollabelle, Freedy Johnston, Roger McGuinn, Ramblin' Jack Elliot, Jonatha Brooke, Dale Watson, Marshall Crenshaw, Blue Highway, Charlie Louvin, Mike Seeger, Slaid Cleaves, and others. Their previous albums have all been critically acclaimed by the music press and radio has shown love and enthusiasm for Demolition String Band's music across a variety of formats.

Elena has won awards and grants for her songwriting and placements for her music in television and independent films. Boo is a Grammy winning multi-instrumentalist who has "moonlighted" with a diverse list of artists in the studio and on tour that includes The Klezmatics, Dispatch, Charlie Louvin, Al Kooper and others.

ELENA SKYE BIOGRAPHY - Elena Skye’s deep love of country, folk and bluegrass music has been a driving force in her life ever since, as a fledgling mandolinist, she studied with Jethro Burns of “Homer and Jethro” in the basement music room of his Evanston, IL home. As vocalist, instrumentalist and primary songwriter for The Demolition String Band, Elena has released four albums and toured the US and Europe. Based in Hoboken/NYC she has continued to explore her love of Americana music through writing, recording, performing, musical theater, and producing tribute nights and family style music programs at venues all over the NYC Metro region. She has been a featured guest host on Columbia University’s WKCR Moonshine Show and has written features and reviews for Bluegrass Unlimited, Blues Revue, The East Coast Rocker, CitySearch and various local publications.
     In 2009 Elena made her acting debut as Hank Williams’ troubled wife Audrey in the musical play “Mrs. Hank: A Honky Tonk Opry-etta” and taught herself clawhammer banjo for the role of Ola Belle Reed in “High On A Mountain: The Story of Ola Belle Reed.” She has been awarded six ASCAP Plus Awards, a Jim Beam B.E.A.M. Award (Benefiting Emerging Artists in Music) and was selected to participate in the New York Extended Songwriting Workshop (a Peter Cunningham funded grant from ASCAP). Her songs and music have appeared in numerous TV shows and films including Upright Citizen’s Brigade
on Comedy Central where she provided the voice for the Amy Poehler’s character, “Betsy Snowball,
the 800 pound angry folk singer", live with the UCB troupe on Late Night With Conan O’Brien (NBC), History Detectives (PBS), "Burning The Future: Coal In America” (Sundance Channel) and CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood.

BOO REINERS BIOGRAPHY - Boo Reiners is a native of Richmond, VA and beg


One Dog Town/North Hollow Records 1998
Pulling Up Atlantis/Okra-Tone (KOCH) 2002
Where The Wild Wild Flowers Grow: The Songs of
Ola Belle Reed/Okra-Tone (KOCH) 2004
Different Kinds Of Love/Breaking Records 2007
Gracious Days/Varese Sarabande-Varese Vintage 2012