When we first started the Strung Out String Band our banjo (and accordion) player was the inimitable Ilan Moss. Ilan moved to Paris many moons ago but fear not, the years of drinking pastis while listening to chanson have not lessened his skills in American music. In fact, while travelling the back streets of Paris (or some other French town) he crossed paths with Robert Crumb. Yes, that Robert Crumb. You may not know it but R. Crumb is a lover of American folk music and a great player as well. Throw some bass and fiddle into the mix and you have The Melody Sheiks. Their new record was recorded in France and was just released on Arhoolie. Pick up a copy.
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About the Strung Out String Band
The Strung Out String Band is a five person acoustic ensemble dedicated to interpreting "Old Time Southern" music. We aim to blast audiences into a frenzied dimension of ecstatic boogieing using fiddle, banjo, guitar and, in the great tradition of those who followed before us, anything we can get our hands on. We are based in Brooklyn, USA.
Self Titled CD
In December of 2008 we gathered together to record our first CD in five years. The hardest part of recording this CD was choosing which of the many old-timey songs we should commit to tape and forever freeze in time.
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