Six Deadly Venoms
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Six Deadly Venoms

New York City, New York, United States

New York City, New York, United States
Band Folk Acoustic


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The Five Deadly Venoms - Self titled debut release


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Six Deadly Venoms

Elio Schiavo – vocals/mandolin
Rick Snell – vocals/guitar
Rob "Bobby Hawk" Hecht – fiddle/vocals
Jared Engel – bass/vocal
Todd Patrick Livingston – dobro/vocal
Bennett James Sullivan - banjo

In the spring of 2009 New York City’s premier Bluegrass band, The Six Deadly Venoms (under their former identity as The Five Deadly Venoms); featuring founding members Elio Schiavo-vocals/mandolin, Rick Snell-vocals/guitar, Rob Hecht-fiddle, James Kerr-dobro and Ian M. Riggs-bass; was developing a solid local following through scathing live performances on the burgeoning NYC acoustic music scene. After the recording and release of their self-titled debut album, Jared Engel was brought in to replace Riggs as the bassist and the band started touring regionally and nationally. They were finalists at the 2009 Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Competition, and have appeared live on many radio shows across the country, including a feature on Knoxville’s “Blue Plate Special” and the XM satelite radio show “Live from The Living Room NYC”. In spring of 2010 Todd Livingston took the place of James Kerr on Dobro, and in the beginning of 2011 The Five Deadly Venoms adopted a young talented banjo player, Bennett James Sullivan, into the lineup. And so…The Five Deadly Venoms became The Six Deadly Venoms. The group’s sound grew and further solidified seemingly overnight.

They have been working on new material in preparation for their next record. They plan to work with 3-time Grammy award winning engineer Dave Sinko, who mixed the band’s debut record.

A group of talented individuals, each with an outstanding reputation for musical excellence, The Six Deadly Venoms come together to consistently deliver powerful and exciting performances. Their soulfully inspired original songs and instrumental compositions compliment a repertoire steeped in the best of the rich heritage of traditional bluegrass music.