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By skillfully complementing their deep roots in traditional American music with new ideas, songs, and arrangements, the “all g’Earl” stringband Uncle Earl has emerged as one of the leading lights in the ongoing old-time renaissance. Now entering the band’s tenth year, longtime Uncle Earl members KC Groves and Kristin Andreassen are leading a new formation of the band that has influenced a remarkable new generation of old-time musicians. This year Uncle Earl will feature some of the most accomplished and engaging musicians in the American stringband scene, including fiddler Stephanie Coleman, banjo players Paula Bradley, Cassandra Jenkins & Rachel Eddy, and Uncle Earl alum Bryn "Bass Lady" Davies.
Founded in 1999 by vocalist, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist KC Groves (mandolin, guitar, bass), Uncle Earl’s lineup evolved as the band’s musical boundaries expanded. Kristin Andreassen joined in 2003, contributing her perceptive original songs in addition to vocals, rhythm guitar, fiddle, ukulele, and clog dancing. Two self-released EPs lead to a contract with venerable folk label Rounder Records, for whom they recorded She Waits For Night with producer Dirk Powell and Waterloo, Tennessee, produced by Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones, who called the album “definitely one of the most enjoyable productions that I have ever been involved with.” Their albums, combined with the group’s infectious live shows, garnered rave reviews from such influential media outlets as the New York Times, Rolling Stone, Mojo, No Depression, The New Yorker, and Relix. Waterloo, Tenessee was named Folk Alliance Album of the Year in 2007.
Able to draw from a vast range of experiences, talents, and perspectives, the newest edition of Uncle Earl is versatile and powerful. Andreassen says "Everyone who plays with Uncle Earl has an exciting career in music outside the band as well. We come together to play because it's fun to keep this connection with friends and with the traditional music that's inspired us."
In the fall of 2009, Uncle Earl was selected by the prestigious Columbia Artist Management Inc. agency as the headlining band for their month-long American Revival tour. In 2010, the g'Earls toured Australia (March), Germany (May), and will make some limited summer festival appearances in the United States.