Staber & Chasnoff

Location: R.A. Fountain

From our promo for this concert:

Staber and Chasnoff perform original bluegrass and bluegrass-style covers of a diverse array of artists, including Steve Earle, Les Paul and Mary Ford, and Pete Seeger. They have released 3 CDs. Their latest, One More Journey, was dubbed “a musical work of art” by Bluegrass Unlimited magazine, which has also described Staber’s mandolin picking as “tasteful and articulate.”

Judith Chasnoff accompanies her husband on guitar; they share vocals. Chasnoff and Staber live in the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York, and their visit to Fountain is a stop on their annual migration to Florida for the winter. [They have since moved to Montreal, which is why we list them as an “international” act.]

Dick Staber played mandolin for Del McCoury and the Dixie Pals from 1969-75, during which the band recorded three albums. He has also recorded two albums with Bob Paisley and Southern Grass and three solo albums consisting almost exclusively of original material.

“He’s got the purest, prettiest sounding tone of any mandolin we’ve heard in Fountain,” said Alex Albright, Fountain General Store proprietor, “almost like hearing bells. Judith’s a fine picker, too, and she has a beautiful voice. This is a really special show–one of the absolute best we’ll ever be able to book.”

Tags: acoustic Americana, bluegrass, bluegrass gospel, Concert, folk, gospel, old-time, original, tradtional bluegrass