Sunday May 1, 7 – 8:30 p.m. Many musical groups describe themselves as “a family.” But in the case of Chester River Runoff, it’s not a simple cliché. It’s an accurate description. For nearly seven years they’ve been laughing, bickering, and making music together from their home on the Eastern Shore to the rest of the East Coast. And you can hear the results Sunday, May 1 at the Annapolis Maritime Museum in Eastport.
The band is known for shows that combine three and four part harmonies and a mastery of the bluegrass idiom with the high energy of some of the more far-flung torch-bearers of modern acoustic music. Says banjo player Sam Guthridge “for the first few years we did our homework on traditional bluegrass until we got a handle on it, and then we moved on to doing our own thing. That time really trying to toe the line sets us apart from a lot of the bands we’re compared to.” No strict traditionalists, the Runoff’s original songs draw inspiration from all over the map, and their sets are sprinkled with covers from artists as disparate as Pavement and Waylon Jennings, as well as songs the band has mined from old field recordings while riding in “Old Brown,” their battered tour van. Read more….
Tickets $15 in advance, $20 at the door. For tickets, contact the Museum office: 410 295-0104 http://www.amaritime.org/