Two top acts from the Cow Island Cavalcade of Stars!
The Stone River Boys- Country Funk from the Heart of Texas
The Austin Texas-based quintet, the Stone River Boys (click photo for high res), features the talents of two well-traveled roots music practitioners — guitarist Dave Gonzalez, formerly a driving force in the Hacienda Brothers and the Paladins, and vocalist Mike Barfield, “The Tyrant of Texas Funk” and onetime leader of the Hollisters. Together, Barfield and Gonzalez have fashioned a gutsy crossbreed of country and R&B they’ve labeled “country funk.” Barfield sees a natural connection between the sounds of country and R&B: “There’s a picture of Solomon Burke and Joe Tex, and maybe James Brown, and they all had cowboy hats on. A lot of those soul performers will talk about how they used to listen to the Grand Ole Opry. Some R&B songs, especially the ballads, are very close to some of the honky-tonk ballads. To me, it’s all very similar.”
The Starline Rhythm Boys are a three piece from Montpelier, Vermont and mean all business when it comes to their music. With a sound heavily influenced by the 50’s and 60’s Memphis and Nashville voices of Elvis, Johnny Cash, and Buddy Holly, etc. "The thing about New England is, it has a rich history of country music and bluegrass," says Billy Bratcher. "A lot of diehards think you've gotta be from the South to make believable country music, but our hearts break the same as anyone else's, we drink the same booze on occasion as the Southern guys, and our Telecasters sound the same." This show is a must see for anyone who admires old country and rockabilly.
Tickets for the Cow Island Music Anniversary Party featuring The Stone River Boys and The Starline Rhythm Boys next Wed. 10/20 at the Iron Horse are only $10 and available at Northampton Box Office, 76 Main Street, 413-586-8686 and online at IHEG.com.