October 3, 1998

Link to John Rossbach' web site

From the heart of upstate New York come two seasoned musicians who blend the mournfulness of mountain ballads with the grit of country blues. They combine the drive of reels and breakdowns with the bounce of boogie-woogie! In concert halls, from festival stages, and at workshops across the country, they share their love for the best in traditional American folk, old time country and bluegrass music!. As one-half of the highly acclaimed bluegrass ensemble, Chestnut Grove, they've won four SAMMYs from the Syracuse Area Music Awards.

JOHN ROSSBACH, born and raised in West Virginia, gained a lifetime of experience with several established Ohio and Kentucky bands. As the mandolin player and lead singer for Bristol Mountain Bluegrass, his prime-time appearance on the Nashville Network was televised coast to coast. He has received five Meet the Composer awards and was the central figure in the PBS documentary Bluegrass Attitude. He has also performed on CBS, the BBC, and the Canadian Broadcasting Systems. The Rounder Records CD, "Willow," a 1997 Indie Award nomination for Best Traditional Music by the Woodshed All Stars, highlights John's dynamic guitar style. His recent release, "John Rossbach Never Was Plugged!," features The Burns Sisters, Bill Keith, Charles Sawtelle, the Woodshed All Stars and Chestnut Grove. A crusader for the cause of keeping traditional American music alive, John teaches guitar at the Augusta Heritage Program in West Virginia, and is a former Bluegrass Unlimited reviewer. John's notorious puns, outrageous tall tales, and humorous anecdotes bring groans, guffaws and giggles from audiences of all ages.

KARL LAUBER's international reputation as a banjo virtuoso belies his outstanding talents as a guitarist, fiddler and singer. As a member of Joe Val & The New England Bluegrass Boys, Karl appeared on Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion and on many other venues across North America and Europe. Their Rounder recording, "Cold Wind," was "Highly Recommended" by Bluegrass Unlimited as the best of Val's seven recordings. The 1995 compilation CD, "Diamond Joe," features Karl on eight selections. Karl has also recorded with the legendary Hazel Dickens. His three-finger bluegrass and old-time clawhammer banjo playing styles can be heard on several of Rounder's recent CD sampler series. Karl also appears on "John Rossbach Never Was Plugged!" which has generated rave reviews and solid airplay all around the world. An engaging storyteller and a dynamic entertainer, Karl is a serious musician who has fun on stage.