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Palmer Street Coffeehouse kicks 20th season into gear

PLATTSBURGH Local acoustic music band "Beartracks" will be making tracks to the Palmer Street Coffeehouse, located at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Church, 4 Palmer St., Friday, Oct. 5. The performance will help kick off the 20th season of the coffeehouse entertaining the community.

The trio, known for their country and bluegrass music, features siblings and guitarists Tom Venne and Julie Venne Hogan, along with resophonic guitar player Junior Barber.

Tom and Julie hail from the Adirondack Mountains and have been singing and performing together for more than 30 years. Tom started out singing and playing guitar with his mother, June, his father, Vic, and brother, Roland. The family band performed under the stage name Clem Hawkins."Julie joined the band at age 6 and started playing bass shortly after. While Tom and Julie have performed in many bands over the years, they were eager to go back to their roots and play music that evokes memories of a simpler life and time.

Junior is one of the most respected resophonic guitar players in the country, having been nominated eight times for Dobro Player of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association. Currently living in Plattsburgh, Junior has worked the bluegrass and acoustic music scene for many years as a freelance artist and has worked with numerous bands. The most recent group received the IBMA award for Emerging Artist of the Year." Junior has also recorded on many recording projects as well as two of his own. Stone Bottom Boogie, his first project was nominated for IBMA Instrumental Project of the Year" and his second release, Steffis Waltz, was also nominated and is getting much airplay around the country and beyond. His stylistic approach to playing resonator guitar is masterful, soulful and unique.

Hot off the heels of their first album together, Making Tracks," the trio has recorded their second album, From the Hollow." This latest album from Beartracks contains 15 tracks, 7 of which were penned by Julie, and two instrumentals showcasing the masterful dobro artistry written by Junior.

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