CHESTER -- On Thursday, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Dakin & Benelli once again bring the Starline Rhythm Boys back to play at Chester’s Summer Music Series.
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 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 -- "Little Danny C" -- on acoustic rhythm guitar, Big Al Lemery on electric lead guitar, and Billy --"Slappin’ Billy B" -- Bratcher on acoustic upright "slap" bass.
Their repertoire features many originals, mainly written by Bratcher, as well as covers of both classic and obscure numbers. The Starline Rhythm Boys are signed to Cow Island Music, a small independent "Americana" label out of Northampton, Mass., and have released six recordings, three of which were named 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 blankets and lawn chairs. In case of rain, The Starline Rhythm Boys concert will be held at The Stone Hearth Inn, Route 11 West.
The series concludes on Aug. 9 with Rusty Belle.
For more information, contact Lynne Reed at Misty Valley Books at 802-875-3400.