Thursday July 18, 2013

CHESTER -- On Thursday, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., Dakin & Benelli once again bring the Starline Rhythm Boys back to Chester.

The "Boys" evoke the spirited country and juke joint sounds that echoed out of the Tennessee Hills and Texas Honkytonks of the 1940s and ‘50s. They’ll be pickin’ and singin’ their potent blend of classic country and vintage rock ‘n’ roll on the lawn of the Academy Building across from the Chester Green.

Formed in 1998 by three professional musicians with combined experience of more than 100 years in various bands (including bass man Billy Bratcher’s one-year cross-country stint in 1997 with Wayne "The Train" Hancock out of Texas), The Starline Rhythm Boys are a drummerless "Tennessee Trio" consisting of Danny Coane on acoustic rhythm guitar, Big Al Lemery on electric lead guitar and Billy Bratcher on acoustic upright "slap" bass in the style of Elvis’, Cash’s and Perkins’ early bands. The Starline Rhythm Boys perform vintage country, honky tonk, and rockabilly music with very strong country harmony duet vocals. Their repertoire consists of many originals, mainly written by Bratcher, as well as covers of both classic and obscure numbers. They are artists signed to Cow Island Music, a small independent Americana label out of Northampton, Mass., and have released six recordings, three of which won Album of the Year (2002, 2007, 2009) on the Freeform American Roots chart based in San Antonio, Texas. The Starline Rhythm Boys have been labeled "Vermont’s House Band" by Vermont Magazine.

Bring your blankets and lawn chairs.

In case of rain The Starline Rhythm Boys concert will be held at The Stone Hearth Inn, Route 11 West in Chester. For more information, call 802-875-3400.