The 23 String Band
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The 23 String Band

Louisville, Kentucky, United States | SELF

Louisville, Kentucky, United States | SELF
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"Review of self-titled debut album"

“While The Avett Brothers are selling out theaters nationwide for high-dollar tickets, it would be pretty easy to catch the 23 String Band for less money and just as much fun. Yes, these boys employ a very similar approach — a thick concoction of bluegrass, Gram Parsons county, cowpunk (particularly on opener “Ramblin’ Around”) and what the band describes as “Original Hillbilly Music,” though the group seems to stay closer to the source material. Their eponymous debut album features mach-three pickin’, ornate fiddle and mandolin arrangements, upright bass and all the elements of traditional, authentic mountain music with a youthful twist. The group unequivocally wears its excitement on its sleeve for all ten tracks, and each song sounds like a blast to see live, which is all that counts in true bluegrass music.” - Michael Powell, LEO Weekly


"Performance review"

“The 23 String Band tore it up as always and played well into the night, keeping everyone on their feet and truly enjoying this thing we call life.” - Matt Tackett, Red River Gorge Climbers Coalition


"Catch 23 review"

“Kentucky bluegrass. Edgy. And well done.” - WESU radio


"Catch 23 review"

“A tantalizing new Americana release from a talented group of musicians, Catch 23 covers a lot of roots territory with a little something for everyone.” - Frank Hoppe, KCSN Radio


"RockyGrass band competition"

“This friendly and talented group played energetic, musically intricate bluegrass tunes that made me want to stomp my feet and sing along without knowing the words.” - David Merrell, The Diverse Arts Project


"Catch 23 review"

“I really like the style and energy—a revival of sorts, moving the music to the modern era without losing the soul. The no-nonsense production lets the band kick back and do some fine picking. I think that is what’s so fun about [sophomore album] Catch 23. Hope to see you in New England sometime.” - Brian Bourgoin, Music Director, WCNI Radio


"Folk Alliance"

“The 23 String Band were new to me going into Folk Alliance, but I was thoroughly won over by the end of their fiery set. Opening with a damning song about pollution in eastern Kentucky waterways marked them as a band with a conscious bent, although they can groove with a grin on a lighter number like the swing-inspired “Bees Knees.” I could see them as brothers-in-arms with groups like the Hackensaw Boys. Showing off an impressive range and a charging, commanding presence, I will definitely be checking out more of the 23 String Band.” - Sarah Hagerman, Steam Powered Preservation Society


"Catch 23 review"

“This fuel injected project just made a lasting mark on the West Coast radio scene. Their up front style grabs you and won’t let you go until you have listened to the entire project. While listening to Catch 23, you never know what’s coming next. Whether it is the awesome instrumental work, the superb song selection, or the unique singing, it all fits together like a favorite sweater. It was necessary for me to play this project several times in order to get the full impact of this fine work of art. It just overwhelms you. There were many high points to this project, but the two that stand out are the bass break on Long Hot Summer Days, and the unusual arrangement of Cripple Creek. I can’t wait to share this with my listeners.” - Al Shusterman, KCBL radio


"Bluegrass on the Bay"

Thank you for making our 9th Annual Bluegrass on the Bay so memorable. You guys just made me a hero. Your enthusiasm and expertise were much appreciated. By the way, the song people keep commenting on the most is “Long Hot Summer Days.” Of all the songs you did, that apparently was the standout to the crowd. The jam at the end of the evening [with Town Mountain] was one of the most enjoyable it’s ever been my pleasure to hear. I was absolutely blown away as was the crowd. Much success to you guys! - Dave Wilson, Bluegrass on the Bay


"Forecastle Festival review"

“It wasn’t that oldies stuff I remember and it didn’t have that whiny feel that come of the country music artists have. It was a different sound, as if bluegrass finally evolved. I particularly liked the 23 String Band.” - Daniel C. Morrison, Alternative Revolt Magazine


"Review of self-titled debut album"

“THE TWENTY-THREE STRING BAND [January 2009] The Twenty-Three String Band is old-time group that offers up a new twist to traditional music. The 10 songs are a blending of public domain numbers and such band originals as “Ramblin’ Around,” “East Kentucky Water,” and “Valentines Love Bouquet.” The band’s forte is to take numbers such as “St. James Infirmary,” “Cluck Old Hen,” and “Sleepy Eyed John” and dress them up with fresh new arrangements. The Twenty-Three String Band has certainly given old-time music a face lift and this CD should be eagerly sought after by those who are familiar with the band’s extraordinary brand of music.” - Bluegrass Unlimited


"ROMP"

“The 23 String Band was one of the most exciting and original bands to play ROMP 2010. We were pleased but totally unsurprised when they surfaced as one of the most-requested bands to return for ROMP 2011.” - Gabrielle Gray, Executive Director, International Bluegrass Music Museum


"Master Musicians Festival"

“The 23 String Band’s live show is electrifying. Their performance at the 2010 Master Musicians Festival had the crowd on their feet from the first song to the last. The combination of youthful energy and extraordinary musical ability make for an outstanding performance.” - Tiffany Bourne, president


"Silas House best selling author"

“The 23 String Band is the best band to come out of Eastern Kentucky in a long while. Their shows are electrifying, their songwriting is top-notch, and their vocals are as tight as the cork in a jug of moonshine. They’re my favorite band from the region.” - Silas House


Discography

2011: sophomore album Catch 23 (debuted at #9 on US Folk chart; radio play all over US, Europe)

2008: self titled debut LP (radio airplay all over United States and parts Europe)

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Hailing from all around Kentucky, the 23 String Band pays homage to the deep roots of American traditional music, while pushing forward with genre-bending, hard-driving originals and distinctive arrangements. Their youthful brand of “original hillbilly music” weaves in and out of old-time, bluegrass, acoustic roots, and anything else that strikes their fancy — it’s not uncommon to hear a Beastie Boys cover by these boys. It’s a contagious conglomeration that's energetic, entertaining, and will get you on your feet and dancing every time!