THE AMERICAN ROOTS SERIES AT THE LINDA PRESENTS: Roots Music Festival 2017
also appearing Heavenly Echos, Red Haired Strangers and The Lazy Suns.
Matuto’s songs can sway hips just as easily as spark insights. On stage, instruments (accordion, guitar, bass, drums, cavaquinho, zabumba, and triangle) whirl around the core of Matuto’s sound: the syncopations of Brazilian music and the folk traditions of the American South. It’s Bluegrass meets Brazil. It’s an unlikely combination on paper, but on the dance floor, it just feels right. Now Matuto is emerging internationally as a festival main-stage sensation. Rolling drums and quicksilver accordion licks, earthy vibes and thoughtful reflections mingle on the latest refinement of their Appalachia-gone-Afro-Brazilian sound. Matuto revels in cultures colliding and in the ongoing exchange of ideas. They know its history is not without tension, but those very tensions can fire creative expression and good times.
THE LAZY SUNS
If you took the Flying Burrito Brothers, the Beatles, Townes Van Zandt, Tom Petty, Hank Williams and put them all together in a stewing pot to simmer you would have the Lazy Suns.
Marc and Rick (Rick Morse 1950-2016: pedal steel, slide guitar & dobro) played together in the Tern Rounders. Rick knew Jeff from the old days in Coal Palace Kings. Some of the guys played with Nick in the Sidewinders. All the guys knew Ed from the Ed Jahn Band. Coming together in 2010, but no strangers to Americana music scene, the Lazy Suns features five seasoned musicians and singer-songwriters who have spent most of their lives performing all over the United States.
The Lazy Suns released a six song CD 2012. That year they also announced their licensing deal with Amygdala Music / Original Productions placing the song “Troubled Sea” on the Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch.
In 2016, the band released their long-awaited, self-titled CD, also known as Bar Hotel Music. The CD contains the track “Find Your Way,” which was licensed to the National Geographic Channel’s The Yard that same year.
THE RED HAIRED STRANGERS
The Red Haired Strangers have been playing together for over 20 years, forging original music with Country, Blues, & Bluegrass influences. Beginning as a guitar & harmonica duo, the sound of the Red Haired Strangers has been enriched with the addition of fiddle, upright bass and drums. Since 2003 the band has been performing their own mix of covers & original Country-Blues—perfect for the bar-room or the back porch—at numerous festivals, watering holes, & gatherings throughout the Northeast.
HEAVENLY ECHOES GOSPEL SINGERS
The Heavenly Echoes have been presenting gospel music for more than 50 years. Based in Albany, NY, the group was founded by the late James Edmonds, a deacon of Sweet Pilgrim Baptist Church. The singers and musicians play traditional gospel songs and hymns with the sound and style of ’60s Southern soul music. The Heavenly Echoes regularly perform at neighborhood churches, charitable fundraisers, and community events throughout the greater Capital Region.
The American Roots Series at The Linda presents a total of five programs showcasing this intimate and tradition-rich musical phenomenon, and is made possible by the support of the New York Council on The Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.