Washington, DC -- What does it take for a bluegrass band to remain popular for more than four decades? For The Seldom Scene, it's taken not only talented musicians, a signature sound, and' a solid repertoire, but also a sheer sense of fun. On April 22, the longtime pillars of the bluegrass world will return with the aptly titled Long Time ... Seldom Scene via Smithsonian Folkways. The newly recorded collection features fresh interpretations of 16 oft-requested tunes and is the band's first studio album since the Grammy-nominated album Scenechronized in 2007. It's a family reunion in all the best ways, featuring the current - and longest-running -lineup, joined by founding members Tom Gray and John Starling and guests Chris Eldridge, Emmylou Harris, and Rickie Simpkins.
Long Time is The Seldom Scene's first-ever release with Smithsonian Folkways, and captures the identity and playfulness that have endeared the group to audiences around the world for so long. "Hickory Wind" is a homesick ballad that features the vocals of longtime friend of the Scene, Emmylou Harris, who originally recorded the song on her 'Blue Kentucky Girl' album in 1980. Fan-favorite "Wait a Minute" is a fresh take ofa song originally recorded for 1974's Old Train album and includes founding member John Starling (vocals) and guests Rickie Simpkins (fiddle) and Chris Eldridge (guitar], son of founding member Ben Eldridge (banjo).
The Seldom Scene Make Smithsonian Folkways Debut with Founding Members and Guests Emmylou Harris, Chris Eldridge (Punch Brothers), Rickie Simpkins (out 4/22)
Over 40 years since they began playing together at weekly jam sessions in Ben Eldridge's Bethesda, Maryland basement, The Seldom Scene have become one of the single greatest contributors to the progression of bluegrass while setting a new standard and attracting new audiences to the genre.
The Seldom Scene are founding member Ben Eldridge (banjo), Lou Reid (mandolin/vocals), Dudley Connell (guitar/vocals), Ronnie Simpkins (bass/vocals), and Fred Travers (dobro/vocals), The album was produced by three-time Grammy award-winning Smithsonian Folkways Sound Production Supervisor Pete Reiniger.
On June 28, the group will perform a special album-release concert at The Birchmere in Alexandria, VA featuring guests John Starling, Tom Gray, and Rickie Simpkins. Other upcoming tour dates include visits to NY, VA, NC, SC, CA, PA, TN, MD, KY, NJ, and TX. See full schedule at http://www.seldomscene.com/schedule
The Seldom Scene dedicates this album to the memory of founding members John Duffey (1934-1996) and Mike Auldridge (1938-2012).