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Indian Run Stringband

by Indian Run Stringband

They sing and swing, fiddle and flatfoot, harmonize and howl . . . Indian Run Stringband plays with love and abandon. They make old time music fresh and new.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Billy in the Lowground
2:18 $0.99
2. Hold the Woodpile Down
2:42 $0.99
3. East Tennessee Blues
2:22 $0.99
4. Hello Stranger
2:46 $0.99
5. Bootlegger's Blues
3:38 $0.99
6. Garfield's Blackberry Blossom
2:12 $0.99
7. Dixie Darling
3:18 $0.99
8. Texas Gals
2:26 $0.99
9. Rain and Snow
2:57 $0.99
10. Big Scioty
2:19 $0.99
11. On the Blue Ridge Mountain
2:56 $0.99
12. If the River Was Whiskey
3:24 $0.99
13. Richmond Blues
2:37 $0.99
14. Ookpik Waltz
3:06 $0.99
15. Lee Highway Blues
2:35 $0.99
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Album Notes
Indian Run Stringband plays old-time music the way it ought to be played – as a living, breathing art form that is still as vibrant and relevant in the 21st century as it was a century ago. Indian Run doesn’t play music meant for museum preservation, this four-piece band from Blacksburg, Va., plays old-time in new ways. They sing and swing, fiddle and flatfoot, harmonize and howl.
Paul Herling is one of the most multifaceted fiddlers drawing a bow today, a fellow as comfortable playing bluegrass and swing fiddle as he sawing old-time tunes such as “Billy in the Lowground” and “Texas Gals.” He and banjoist-vocalist Ginger Wagner harmonize on “Dixie Darling” like they’re the A.P. and Sarah Carter of the new millennium. “Hesitation Blues” not only harks back to the likes of Charlie Poole, but has inspired a new generation of old-timers such as Old Crow Medicine Show. Ginger’s treatment of the bluegrass standard “Cold Rain and Snow,” backed only by her own banjo and bassist Kristie Dorfler’s haunting bowed notes, is as stark as a cold January day and just as sublime.
The locked-in rhythm section of Mark Barbour on guitar and Dorfler on bass can hold their own at any square dance, when fiddle instrumentals are strung together like charms on a bracelet. From dance tunes to the blues, the Indian Run Stringband plays with love and abandon. They make old-time music fresh and new." Ralph Berrier - The Roanoke Times

This hard drivin' old time band plays great old timey tunes that make you want to get up and dance! They perform traditional songs ranging from the Carter family to Uncle Dave Macon with a few old time blues tunes thrown in, just because they love the blues. Indian Run Stringband dances along the boundary line between pre-war stringband music and bluegrass, combining elements of both into a unique yet traditional sound.

Fiddler Paul Herling has been playing and performing for over 35 years. He began playing during the old time music revival of the 1970’s, and sought out many of the old fiddle masters, such as Tommy Jarrell, Albert Hash, Marion Sumner and Art Stamper to learn the craft first-hand. He has performed at the Downhome Festival, Floydfest, Brandywine Mountain Music Festival, Down Home Pickin’Parlor, Bele Chere Festival, Blacksburg Steppin’ Out, and shared the stage with The Corklickers, Dry Branch Fire Squad, and Suzanne Edmondson. He has played and recorded with Clint Howard, Doug Dorschug, Poverty Creek, and the Blue Ridge Serenaders. He has won many awards over the years including 3rd place blue grass fiddle at Galax, 1st place fiddle at Giles Festival, 3rd place old time fiddle at the Henry Reed Festival , and 3rd place blue grass fiddle at the Grayson County Fiddler’s Convention.

Ginger Wagner has been playing banjo since the late 1970's. She learned clawhammer banjo from Mac Traynham and Dwight Diller and has been playing for dances and festivals for over 35 years. She is a charter member of the Blacksburg Hoorah Cloggers and performed for several years. She has been calling traditional square dances for 30 years.

Bass player, Kristie Dorfler has been playing bass since she was eleven years old and performed with symphonies and at the Kennedy Center. She produces a great, steady thump that drives the tunes. She has recently been bitten by the old time bug and won third place bass at the Henry Reed festival.

Mark Barbour keeps a solid back beat rhythm on guitar. An original West Virginia native, he is an experienced musician who has been performing with old time bands for over 30 years. Mark’s playing has been influenced by guitar greats Roy Harvey (Charlie Poole) and Riley Puckett of the Skillet Lickers.

Indian Run Stringband has appeared at Bristol Rhythm and Roots, Heartwood on the Crooked Road, the Moss Center at VA Tech, Blacksburg Steppin' Out Festival, the Harvester, Floyd Country Store, Blacksburg Square Dance, The Palisades Restaurant, The Cellar Restaurant, VA Tech Board of Visitors, The Side Door Coffee House, Blacksburg Hoorah Clogger performances, Virginia Tech International Fair, Camp Legacy in Bedford, VA, TAP at VA Tech, Roanoke's Downtown Hoedown, WNRV Jamboree, WUVT Radiothon, and at numerous weddings, private parties, square dances, and local festivals. The band won first place old time band at the Henry Reed festival in Giles County.



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