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Thursday, October 19, 2006

The Bowmans in Montpelier this Friday

Yesterday I posted on Kris Gruen's upcoming gig at Langdon Street Cafe, today I'll post on the group that he's sharing the bill with: The Bowmans.

The Bowmans w/ Kris Gruen - October 20th @ 10 PM - Langdon Street Cafe

Langdon Street's calendar incorrectly identifies them as The Bowman Sisters. They are most definately not The Bowman Sisters, which were around in the 1930s and are credited as the first country sister duet to ever recover. Furthermore, The Bowman Sister's father was the famed Charlie Bowman, fiddler with the original Al Hopkin's Hill Billies from Galax, Va. (my old stomping grounds). The Hill Billies are generally thought to be responsible for establishing the string band as an important part of country music. Bowman is credited with the song Nine Pound Hammer (of course stollen from African-American railroad workers).

Anyways, The Bowmans are twins from NYC via Iowa whose harmonies fuse a beautiful blend of Americana and indie-folk. Claiming Cat Power, Gillian Welch, Nick Drake, and Neutral Milk Hotel as influences, they self-describe their sound as "shades of Americana connect with characteristics of modern singer-songwriters; vaudeville blends with indie-folk; undertones of classical influences meld with loads of rock and roll edge."

Purchase The Bowman's latest, Far From Home, from AntiFolk Records here.

The Bowmans - On The Road.mp3
The Bowmans - Diggin for Gold.mp3
The Bowmans - The Kitchen Song.mp3


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