Having seen The Stockwell Brothers play many times, we certainly had them in mind for a Local Musician's Spotlight feature. They've been a staple of the live local music scene for decades.
This coming Saturday, November 21, they will be opening for bluegrass masters Ned Luberecki and Stephen Mougin at the New England Youth Theatre at 100 Flat Street in Brattleboro at 8 p.m. We felt it was a great time to put the brothers in the Spotlight.
Tickets for the concert are $15 or $13 for students and seniors. For reservations and more information call 254-9276.
Now, here are some questons for the brothers, and their answers are in italics.
How did you guys start playing together? Was music part of how you were raised? Can you give me a history of the group?
Our parents were bluegrass fans, and our dad played guitar, mandolin and harmonica. Early on, we'd hear him and a handful of local guitar, banjo, mandolin and fiddle players at parties and other gatherings in our hometown of Putney.
With those experiences and 78 and 33 1/3 rpm records to go on, Bruce started playing banjo at age 11, and younger brother, Barry, soon joined in on guitar. In 1969, we went from living room picking sessions with dad to playing out with our first band, The Green Mountain Boys, a bluegrass quartet which included our cousins, Doug and Tim Harlow.
While in college in Connecticut, Bruce and Barry formed Old Dog, a band with mandolinist, Phil Rosenthal, which recorded two Flying Fish albums with Seldom Scene dobroist, Mike Auldridge, in the late '70s. During the '80s, the brothers collaborated with an array of musicians fluent in other musical styles, as The Stockwell Brothers Band gradually changed from a newgrass, to a folk rock, to a world beat band featuring Bruce on electric guitar and multi-insrumentalist, Derrik Jordan.