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The Seldom Scene

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The Seldom Scene
Friday, December 8, 2017 8:00 PM
Harvester Performance Center, Rocky Mount, VA
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  • Ticket Price: $35.50 - $38.50
  • Door Time: 7:00 PM
  • Show Type: Bluegrass
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Seldom Scene: "Please don't think about me when I'm gone," sings Dudley Connell on "Hometown Blues," the opening track of the Seldom Scene's new Sugar Hill release, SCENEchronized. But how can we not, when it's the Seldom Scene, one of the most acclaimed bluegrass bands of all time, and it's been seven years since their last recording? The band is back, and like an old friend coming around for a visit after being gone too long, the Scene pulls up some chairs and starts telling stories, and the time between just melts away. From the first notes of the CD, it's like the band was never gone. The familiar warm harmonies and sparkling instrumental work are as strong as ever, signature sounds over the band's 36- year career that have remained constant despite multiple line-up changes. Now the band is Ben Eldridge, along with guitarist/singer Dudley Connell, mandolinist/singer Lou Reid, dobroist/singer Fred Travers, and bassist/singer Ronnie Simpkins and occasionally guitarist Chris Eldridge. It's this quintet that is the longest lasting version of the band, together since the 1996 death of founding member, the legendary mandolinist and larger-than-life character John Duffey. "It would have been easy to hang it up after Duffey died," admits Eldridge. "But we had a meeting about a month after he passed, and we decided that we'd been enjoying playing together too much to let it just fade away. And these songs, the body of work that the Scene had created over the years, it would have been a shame to never play those songs again." But for now, the world is a better place with the release of SCENEchronized. In its way, it's a tribute to the Scene's past as much as it is a statement about the present. You'll find two songs recorded by the Country Gentlemen along with one song written by Duffey and recorded early on by the Seldom Scene. There's not one but two Paul Craft songs (Craft contributed such gems as "Keep Me From Blowing Away" and "Through the Bottom of the Glass" to earlier Scene releases). There's one called "Sad Old Train" that's an explicit tribute to "Old Train," a beloved number from the Scene's repertoire. And once again going outside the usual bluegrass lines, there's a Dylan song, a John Fogerty song, a Duane Allman song, as well as a more traditional Stanley Brothers tune. And throughout, you'll find the songs couched in brilliant arrangements by this stellar quintet--frequently augmented by the jaw-dropping flatpicking of Ben's son Chris Eldridge (of the Infamous Stringdusters), who wasn't even around when the Seldom Scene first began on its incredible journey. "He didn't come along until eleven years after we got started," says Ben, "I have to say, he’s played some amazing stuff. Nice that he can show us a thing or two." “Cover versions have always been the band’s highlights and this record is no exception. The songs by John Fogerty, Merle Haggard, Steve Earle, and Bob Dylan resonate with both high lonesome energy and a melodious melancholy. Here’s to hoping it’s not seven years until they release another new album.” – Mike McGonigal,