THE LOVESTRUCK BALLADEERS
Jake Sanders - guitar, mandolin
Aaron Jonah Lewis - violin, banjo
Dennis Lichtman - clarinet, violin, mandolin
Dalton Ridenhour - Piano
Sean Cronin - Bass
The Lovestruck Balladeers are the band the mob boss hired to play his daughter’s wedding. The quintet uses banjos, mandolins, contrabass, clarinet, violins, piano, guitar, and vocal harmony to infuse early jazz and ragtime melodies with city sweat and hot blood.
Hailing from the American Midwest, Northeast, and Canada, these players, in crumpled suits and otherworldly faces, have collectively committed themselves to bringing old music into the 21st century with all the energy of a train disaster.
They might whip out a lost melody from a forgotten mandolin folio, or they might play a Mexican waltz. They might push into a renegade re-arrangement of a swing standard, or get down with a country rag.
They are the five scorpion sons of a West Virginia dance hall, a Little Italy tourist attraction, and a Oaxacan birthday party. You might find them in Japan or busking in the New York City subway. You might find them in an underwear drawer next to a box of Cuban cigars. You might find them on the Brooklyn Bridge in rain-soaked November, ambling cool and wet to their next gig. The past never sounded so palpable.