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American Roots Music' at Indian Lake Theater

"We've done about 20 concerts a year for the past few years in upstate New York and the New England area," he said.

Both Akstens and Rossi sing, harmonizing in the old duet style. Akstens primarily plays the guitar, but also shows off his talents on the dobra, mandolin and banjo. Rossi claims the fiddle, banjo and mandolin.

"We are constantly switching it up. It keeps it interesting," commented Akstens. "We also try and do at least one new song at every show."

The pair will be joined in Indian Lake by the Kossoy Sisters, who debuted their career as teenagers at the Newport Folk Festivals in the 1960's. They wowed the crowd with their angelic voices and devilish sense of humor.

Their musical career began with a bang, but the young sisters went on to college and did not aggressively pursue music for some time.

Ellen Kossoy's daughter casually asked her to go see the movie "O Brother Where Art Thou" when it appeared in theaters about ten years ago, according to Asktens. Ellen was amazed when she suddenly heard her own voice in harmony with her sister, Irene's, in the song "I'll Fly Away", which had been included in the film's soundtrack without her knowledge.

The song that the sisters had recorded many years ago had resurfaced and become part of a wildly popular soundtrack. This led to a new album entitled "Hop on, Pretty Girls" and performances at many festivals and concerts.

The Kossoy Sisters agreed to perform with Akstens and Rossi, and the performance in Indian Lake will be their second concert together.

"We hope to do a little swing with them every year," said Akstens.

Asktens and Rossi's most recent album is entitled "Scoundrels, Trains and Tragic Romance", which the pair describes as "old time music for newfangled people".

Akstens attributes some of their success to inspiration from the gritty, real life musicians whom he admired as well as the deep friendship that has sustained he and Rossi through the years.

Ultimately, he admitted, "We've never tried to do something because we were worried that someone else would like it. We do what we love to do. "

Residents can find out more about Akstens and Rossi at tomandneil.com, and more on the Kossoy Sisters at kossoysisters.com.

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