Papa String Band Live from the Woodshed [psb2015-11-19]

Show Bill – “Kelly’s Session Blog”

Woodshed Archive is honored to close out the fall season with Papa String Band on Thursday, November 19th from 8-10pm Eastern. A long-time favorite in the South Carolina music scene, Papa String Band brings a well seasoned lineup of musicians to the woodshed – their adept pickin’, positive energy, and danceable tunes ensure a highly enjoyable evening for all who tune in.

Bio, from Reverbnation:

Starting in the summer of 2003, founding Papa String Band member Brett Mello started turning heads on the rocks of the Broad River with various friends. Many would gather ’round to listen to their new take on traditional bluegrass. The following spring, he formed a duo that started playing local bars and restaurants.

The band expanded its lineup with the additions of bass player Gary Bishop, percussionist Jackson Wools, harmonica player Mike Fore, and Matt Fenech on the drum kit. The addition of LJ Errante on the mandolin and vocals added another aspect to their sound. This combination of unconventional instrumentation allowed the band to push beyond traditional bluegrass, opening the doors for new experimentation and endless musical possibilities. The Papa String Band’s “signature blend” of music is infused with the influences of blues, jazz, psychedelic, funk, bluegrass, and jam resulting in the release of their debut self-titled full length CD of original music in October 2009.

Papa String Band’s music has been described as “Americana”, “Jam”, and even “Southern Fried Grateful Dead”. Their live performances always include their own twist on covers of popular and more obscure songs, some blended together in long jams. Papa String Band simply calls their style “Funky Newgrass Honk”, music that captures all ages and leaves fans with smiles on their faces. The Papa String Band has evolved into an ever-changing, spontaneous, and unpredictable sensory experience, so “kick off your shoes, and hold on to your booze” ’cause the Papa String Band is coming to town!



Brett Mello: guitar/vocals

LJ Errante: mandolin/vocals

Mike Fore: harmonica/vocals

Gary Bishop: bass

Jackson Wools: percussion/washboard/goat toes

Matt Fenech: drums/vocals


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2 Responses to “Papa String Band Live from the Woodshed [psb2015-11-19]”

  1. Brett Melow February 4, 2016 at 1:21 pm #

    Set I:
    Plank Time*
    Goin’ Back To Grandma’s*
    Old Home Place
    Child of the Moutain
    She Caught the Katy
    You Win Again
    Fisherman’s Blues

    Set II:
    No Expectations
    Whale Song
    Sugar Cane
    Train Heads West
    L&N Don’t Stop Here
    Hold What You’ve Got
    Winds of Love*
    Unplug That Telephone
    Quinn The Eskimo
    Pickin’em Up & Puttin’em Down

    *First Time Played (original)

  2. Jackson Wools February 14, 2016 at 2:43 pm #

    This session was a lot of fun from start to finish!!!

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