I THOUGHT YOU KNEW

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...). With a nothing's off-limits repertoire that pays homage to tradition but keeps an eye and ear on the present and future, The Ebony Hillbillies play a mix of tasty originals, unique renditions of classics we know and love ("Waltz Across Texas," "Liza Jane," Tim O'Brien's "Time To Learn," "Cluck Ol' Hen," "Jericho") and wonderfully unexpected contemporary pop/soul songs like Marvin Gaye's "Sexual Healing."

The Ebony Hillbillies' sophomore CD, I Thought You Knew continues to provide 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 RICKY “DIRTY RED” GORDON - Washboard, Percussion, Vocals TONY GARNIER - Acoustic Bass (“SEXUAL HEALING”)

Produced By LARRY BAEDER Additional Production on “SEXUAL HEALING” By AW Recorded December 2004 - February 2005 at PYRAMID STUDIOS, NYC Recorded By TOM HEMLEB & LARRY BAEDER Protools By KATHRYN “THE KAT” DIEHL Mastered By HOWIE WEINBERG at MASTERDISK, NYC

Photography By MARTHA HOLMES Art Design By GLORIA GASSAWAY

SPECIAL THANKS:

  • Henrique Thanks - MY MOM (OLYMPIA PRINCE) MY SISTER (ANN) MY HEART (GLORIA GASSAWAY) MY TEACHERS (BARRY HARRIS, GIL COGGINS, MS. ALGIA MAE HINTON) MY FAMILY (THE HODGES - ANTHONY, ROZ, JOE, SHEILA, CORNELIUS, MARILYN) MY FRIENDS (MARK DEMARTA & THE GUY FROM JEWEL, CA - WHO LOANED ME A VIOLIN) LAST BUT NOT LEAST, MY LAW (JOHN GRIZZEL)

  • Norris Thanks - MY FAMILY, MODERN MOUNTAIN DULCIMERS, JENNIFER, ALGIA MAE HINTON FOR INSPIRING THE SONG (ALGIA MAE), AND ALL THE WONDERFUL ARTISTS THAT HAVE COME INTO MY LIFE.

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