The Ebony Hillbillies

16jun6:45 pm8:15 pmThe Ebony Hillbillies6:45 pm - 8:15 pm

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Get ready to be swept away by the infectious tunes of The Ebony Hillbillies – the last African-American String Band in America! Keeping essential traditions alive with a fresh twist, they blend pop, country, bluegrass, folk, rock, and jazz into an untamed, joyful sound. From appearances at NYC’s music under New York to captivating performances today, they bridge generations and transcend cultural boundaries. Join us for a toe-tapping, heartwarming experience that honors musical heritage and celebrates unity!

The Ebony Hillbillies

From the street corners of Manhattan to the hallowed stages of Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center to TV appearances on the BBC and ABC’s “Good Morning America,” The Ebony Hillbillies are a true phenomenon, reviving the lost art form and the American legacy of string band music for a whole new generation.

Continuing to bring a fresh urgency to the genre for a 21st Century world in need of some deep musical education, the most dynamic ensemble lineup to date features Gloria Thomas Gassaway (on vocals and bones), Charlie Burnham (fiddle, vocals) with Jerron Blind Boy Paxton (on banjo, harmonica, guitar, vocals), Iris Thomas (on additional vocals and shaker), acoustic bassist William “Salty Bill” Salter (3x-Grammy-winning co-writer of legendary pop hits like “Where is the Love” and “Just The Two of Us”), Allanah Salter (vocals and shaker) and Reggie “A.R.” Ferguson on “cowboy” washboard percussion kit – are on the road supporting their latest full length album.



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