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Tidewater Bluegrass Music Association Presents: Brackish Water Jamboree Live

  • Hickory Ruritan Club 2752 Battlefield Boulevard South Chesapeake, VA, 23322 United States (map)

Admission: $10 ($5 for TBMA members)

"[O]ne of the most entertaining bands around!" Peter Pittman, Owner of Iconic VA Roots Venue: The Hampton Taphouse

“Brackish Water Jamboree is an eclectic mix of foot-stomping bluegrass, old-time folk and classic Americana pulled together with a high-energy performance and one extraordinary stage presence. Brackish Water Jamboree is a band that will bring down the house and bring the audience to their feet time and time again.”

- Brenda Barkley, Talent Buyer, Tidewater Friends of Folk

" [T]hese fellas know how to entertain a crowd!"

Charlie Grant, Executive Director, Henricus Historical Park 

"What do a bunch of beach boys (and gal) know about hillbilly music? Brackish Water Jamboree named their roots-music free-for-all after the swampy confluence from which they hail: Tidewater, Virginia. But in just over two years since their formation, they've experienced some success extending beyond their hometown, being invited to regularly to play the iconic Floyd Country Store on The Crooked Road - Virginia's "heritage music trail", and recently, Knoxville's historic WDVX Blue Plate Special; they've shared the bill with roots-greats such as Dom Flemons, Hackensaw Boys, and The Steel Wheels; their single 'Home' was featured on the cult-revered Americana music website No Depression; and their full-length, self-titled debut album (co-produced by Mark Padgett) reached the top 40 of iTunes' "New Country Music" chart the month of its release (February 2016).

American roots music in-part stemmed from Celtic folk music, and Brackish Water Jamboree is no different; the band formed when the drummer of a prominent Celtic folk-rock band left the group and literally traded in his drum set at the music store for a banjo to begin testing the waters of writing and singing old-time music. After a few years, featuring Dobro, fiddle, clawhammer banjo, upright bass, and even a washboard, the band performs all original music (and a few staple standards) that echo classic country, upbeat Appalachian fiddle tunes, ragtime blues, the Bakersfield sound, and more.  In fact, the boys are so passionate about sharing this genre of music to their hometown, that they have started their own festival in Norfolk, VA - the Norfolk Folk Festival. The inaugural event into boasted a headlining performance from Grammy-winner Dom Flemons (founding member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops), 13 Virginia-based roots bands, 2 stages, and Virginia instrument makers."

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