Rolling Hills Radio With Ken Hardley brings a Rochester group to the stage!
Some of the greatest Americana bands are fronted by two songwriters - Drive-By Truckers, Gourds, Jayhawks and Uncle Tupelo are but a few near the top of the list. But FOUR? Watkins & The Rapiers can claim this distinction. They got together almost twenty years ago at the height of the alternative country boom. A loose, weekly hootenanny with fellow musicians turned into a weekly gig at a bar called The Rose & Crown. Within a year, they'd recorded their first album. A few lineup changes have occurred since the beginning, but that shouldn't be a problem tonight.
Watkins and the Rapiers play mostly original music, written by the band’s five songwriters who draw inspiration from a range of eclectic, rootsy influences. It’s Americana music, folk music with a beat, exploring many genres, rather than calculating a sound to fit a marketing category. The group has no single front man, but a collection of distinctive personalities who share the spotlight, backed by multi-instrumentalists on guitar, bass, drums, accordion, trombone, mandolin, harmonica and other instruments. Together since 1996, Watkins has recorded four CDs, and performs mainly in their hometown, Rochester, N.Y., where they have a six-month long weekly residency at the Little Theatre Café.
Tickets are $10 and are on sale now.