Straight Drive has been one of the most well-regarded bluegrass bands in the northeast and beyond to come from the New York City area since their formation in 2000. The six-piece ensemble has performed at Carnegie Hall as part of the Neighborhood Concert Series, the Bethlehem Musikfest and the historic Wheeling Jamboree.
Jen Larson, who as many of you know sings lead and harmony parts, has appeared several times on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion. Lead vocals also feature bassist Keith Edwards and guitarist Dave Hampton. Ben Fraker plays mandolin and Ron Feinberg fiddle.
Terry McGill is the band’s founder, banjoist and emcee. The Jalopy show will be the band’s Brooklyn debut, but will also mark the beginning of a hiatus except for select local shows in 2012. The Bluegrass Blog announced that Terry McGill is joining Travers Chandler and Avery County. This is all the more reason to mark your calendar and head to Red Hook for the band’s two sets starting at Jalopy, 9 pm on October 1.