The Corn Potato String Band
Saturday, March 12th 2016
About the artist:

The Corn Potato String Band has earned high praise in traditional American music, keeping old time fiddle and banjo music from a one-way trip to the dustbins of history. Theirs is a story of struggle, hard knocks and triumph. Essentially unable to cope with modern life, the members of this band are outcasts of society who survive by playing the lost music of the flatlands where they were raised.

The Corn Potatos have delighted audiences with their driving fiddle tunes and harmonious singing across the US, Canada, Europe, Mexico, and India. They are all multi-instrumentalists dedicated to continuing the music and dance traditions of the Central and Southern US. In addition to being champion fiddlers they play banjo, guitar, bass and mandolin and deftly handle many different antiquated styles including ballads, “ho-downs,” country “rags” and southern gospel, specializing in twin fiddling and double banjo tunes.

What best describes the Corn Potato String Band are such concepts as eclecticism and good humor; recklessness, yet talent enough to keep that recklessness in check; and charm, yet not in an overly sweet, cloying way. They start with a foundation as a traditional fiddle, banjo, and guitar string band. Aaron Jonah Lewis plays all three of those instruments, as does Lindsay McCaw (adding in Hawaiian steel guitar), while Ben Belcher plays banjo and guitar.