The Evil City String Band grew out of the vibrant old time Appalachian music scene that exists in and around the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. This band delivers a high octane mix of traditional and original tunes and song and their unique sound reflects a deep understanding of old-time and country music.
The group features four established artists: Richie Stearns (banjo and singer), a legendary founding member of the Horse Flies, and tours and records with Natalie Merchant, Carrie Rodriguez and Rosie Newton as Richie and Rosie.
Rosie Newton (fiddle) tours with The Duhks, legendary accordion player Preston Frank, and her duo with Stephanie Jenkins, the Pearly Snaps.
Steve Selin (fiddle) plays with the Hogwashers and Evil City Trio and runs an artisan cidery called South Hill Cider. Ben Gould (bass) was an original member of Old Crow Medicine Show, and now spends his time making beautiful furniture and playing music close to home.
Richie Stearns is a legendary banjo player and singer, and has led bands including the Horse Flies, and Donna the Buffalo. He has also played with countless others, and tours with Natalie Merchant. He is steeped in the traditions of American old-time music, Appalachian folk, blues, African, rock, and country music.
“Rosie Newton is a truly monster old-time fiddler, and seems to be at the center of a real scene in Ithaca, New York. Not only is she a marvelously dextrous fiddler, pulling a huge variety of syncopated rhythms out of old-time bowing, but she’s also a ferocious fiddler, tearing into a fiddle tune like a lioness tearing into a gazelle.”
– No Depression