SABRINA'S HOLIDAY

THE EBONY HILLBILLIES/ EH music

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The Ebony Hillbillies are not only one of the last black string bands in AMERICA, but they are the only string band based in NYC. Consisting of fiddle, banjo, washboard and bass fiddle, they have successfully created a following that has crossed over to audiences in pop, country, bluegrass, folk, jazz and beyond while maintaining their grassroots credibility. Their 19thcentury string band sound was popular in the 1920's and 1930's. This was a key element in the genesis of jazz and virtually everything after (blues, bluegrass, rockabilly, rock & roll, etc...). Those myriad influences can be heard to good effect on the group's debut CD, Sabrina's Holiday. The disc explodes with fascinating takes on such standards as "Liza Jane," "Granny Will Your Dog Bite" and a particularly edgy interpretation of "Cluck Old Hen" along with a couple of originals and the old folk song, "Shenandoah," which Norris sings with power and passion.

Sabrina's Holiday is also a showcase for Norris' hard-charging dulcimer playing. "The dulcimer fits together with the violin in a different way than the banjo and the fiddle," Rique explains. Rhythmically, it's a completely different sound. [When Norris switches from the banjo over to the dulcimer], it's like 'here we go—now we're a different group!'"

The Ebony Hillbillies' debut CD, Sabrina's Holiday, provides a great introduction to a largely forgotten cultural legacy.

CREDITS: HENRIQUE PRINCE - Violin, Vocals. NORRIS BENNETT - Banjo, Mountain Dulcimer, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals. DAVE COLDING - Acoustic Bass

Produced By ARCHIE “TEX” WALKER (AW) Recorded 2003 At YOUNGBLOOD STUDIOS, NYC Recorded By STEPHEN “YOUNGBLOOD” CEE Mastered By AW at NKUNIM, BROOKLYN, NYC

Photography By MARTHA HOLMES

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