Ken Selcer and String Bean

Ken Selcer and String Bean

 Lexington, Massachusetts, USA
BandAmericanaBluegrass

String Bean traverses the Americana/Bluegrass musical map with infectious melodies and unstoppable rhythms. They sooth the spirit, rock the house and melt into a seductive groove. They play known classics with original spice, as well as originals that will get you tapping your feet and singing along

Biography

www.kenselcer.com/stringbeannew.html

Not Your Typical Musicians!

String Bean traverses the Americana/Bluegrass musical map with infectious melodies and unstoppable rhythms. They sooth the spirit, rock the house and melt into a seductive, Americana groove ranging in style from bluegrass, folk, country blues, alternative country, to neo-traditional and roots rock. They play known classics with original spice, as well as originals that will get you tapping your feet and singing along.

Ask Kenny Selcer why it is that he plays music, and he's likely to respond as though he was on stage. Without missing a beat, he becomes electric.

He speaks of defying categories, breaking down barriers and fusing idioms and cultures. This musical project, String Bean, was started in 2006 with Rich Caloggero, one of his long-time musical partners. They wanted a group that would expand into the acoustic Americana/Bluegrass world. They eventually hooked up with some of the areas best musicians. The recording band brought a wealth of talent and experience drawing on all kinds of roots: from bluegrass to Cajun to blues to folk all blending into their own brand of Americana/Bluegrass a band called String Bean. In live performance, Kenny and Rich always play with some of the area's top musicians.

String Bean(The recording band) is comprised of some great soloists and accompanists. Theres Rich Caloggero, a wonderful guitarist who names some of his influences as diverse as Jerry Garcia, Mark Knofler, Tony Rice, David Grisman, and Jerry Douglas. Theres Andy Solberg on fiddle whos plays everything from country to jazz. Hes also an accomplished guitarist and bassist. Hes played in Cajun bands and full-out jazz bands. Brad Hallen plays acoustic bass. Hes toured the world with Roomful of Blues, rock band Ministry, The Soul Band, The Monster Mike Welch Band and many others. He brings the blues and roots to the table. Mike Migliozzi is an accomplished percussionist. He plays everything from Cajun to world music and has played everywhere from festivals to clubs. And, then theres Kenny Selcer. A talented musician and singer, has led bands (and done a lot of backing work) playing everything from rock to jazz to all kinds of roots music. Kenny is at equally at home on solo acoustic guitar as he is with a band. He has performed everywhere as a solo singer/songwriter honing his songs and solo performing on the vital New England acoustic scene. He's also led bands from duos to 6 piece led by his mesmerizing guitar & intimate vocals. Whatever the musical situation he paints sparkling vignettes and visions exploring life's complexities and wonders. All in all, with 3 great soloists, years of collective experience, String Bean brings a musical experience rarely seen and is a joy to hear.

Lyrics

Evelyn (Drawing Me To It's Light)

Written By: Ken Selcer

©2006 Ken Selcer

Evelyn, say goodbye or stay awhile
Let me know soon.
Evelyn, wave your hand or give a smile
Let me know soon.

The moon sits high in the sky
drawing me to its light.
Pulling me up and out and away, Evelyn
I wanna feel right.

Tonight is one of many many nights
I have been alone.
My memory stretches back to remember
those I have known.

Faces recede into the cloudy mists of time
and all those I’ve loved and have lived with
What’s the reason and rhyme?

The moon sits high in the sky
drawing me to its light.
Pulling me up and out and away, Evelyn
I wanna feel right.

We all make promises to ourselves we can’t keep.
We all take roads by ourselves that are too steep.

Evelyn, say goodbye or stay awhile
Let me know soon.
Evelyn, wave your hand or give a smile
Let me know soon.

The moon sits high in the sky
drawing me to its light.
Pulling me up and out and away, Evelyn
I wanna feel right.

Save Yourself

Written By: Kenny Selcer

Save yourself for the future.
Save yourself for the times to come.

In every corner of the world there is danger to one and all.
In every corner of the world I’m a stranger to one and all.

I’m not ready for what’s about to fall.
I’m not ready I’m against a wall.

I might spend the rest of my life all alone, I don’t know.
I might pretend that it’s all overblown, I don’t know.

Save yourself for the future.
Save yourself for the times to come.

Ignore all the warnings all around you that you see every day.
Ignore all the callings all around you that you hear every day.

I’m not ready for what’s about to fall.
I’m not ready I’m against a wall.

I am thinking of a puzzle, what will happen to you and me?
I am thinking of a riddle, is there really you and me?

Save yourself from what was in the past.
Save yourself for the things that last.

It’s all quiet in my mind, I’m putting it out for all to see.
I’m letting it all unwind, I’m doing it to the best of my ability.

Save yourself from what was in the past.
Save yourself for the things that last.
Save yourself from what was in the past.
Save yourself for the things that last.

Discography

Kenny Selcer's solo cds and previous ones:

Ken Selcer's solo cd Breaking the Glass
Circuits to the Sun - Somebody's Sister(with Jill Stein)
Green Sky - Somebody's Sister (with Jill Stein)
Somebody's Sister - Somebody's Sister (with Jill Stein)
Flashpoint - Jill Stein and Ken Selcer

Ken has had much airplay around the country under the name Somebody's Sister. Some of the songs are in mp3 form. Go to http://www.kenselcer.com/

Set List

String Bean plays anything from traditional tunes like California Blues to rock roots tunes like Wild Horses. They also play their own brand of originals that combines all different musical elements.