Starline Rhythm Boys at the Clark

For Immediate Release

June 29, 2010

For Immediate Release
June 30, 2010

Starline Rhythm Boys Make it Rock and Let it Swing at the Clark’s Free Concert Series on the lawn Tuesday, July 13, 6:00 pm

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WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – The Starline Rhythm Boys bring their rocking and swinging bluegrass sounds to the Clark Tuesday, July 13 at 6:00 pm. Bring family, friends, lawn chairs and a picnic to the second concert of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute’s summer series which is held outdoors Tuesday evenings in July. The Starline Rhythm Boys are known for their spirited old-fashioned country songs and high energy performances. Grammy Award winning, bluegrass fiddler Vassar Clements said of them, "These boys remind me of the good old days, with a sound that's between Memphis and Nashville. It's good, clean and from the heart." Barbeque fare is available for purchase and the galleries are open until 6:00 pm. In the event of rain, the concert will be held in the auditorium. Concert admission is free.

With an outstanding sound, style, and stage presence, the Starline Rhythm Boys perform vintage country, honky-tonk and rockabilly music with strong harmony duet vocals. They have released six recordings, two of which won Album of the Year (2002 and 2007) on the Freeform American Roots (FAR) chart based in San Antonio, TX. Seven Days (Burlington, VT) also chose their disk to top the list, and the Burlington Free Press named them Best Vermont Band. They evoke the spirited, juke joint sounds that echoed out of the Tennessee Hills and Texas Honkytonks of the 1940s and 50s, their sound being compared to originals Hank Williams Sr., Lefty Frizzell and Hank Locklin.

Bill Kirchen, rockabilly guitarist, singer and songwriter for over 40 years says of them, "This is the real deal. The Starline Rhythm Boys know how to make it rock and let it swing." Crooner Danny Coane has performed with bluegrass, country and blues bands receiving national recognition. He writes, sings, picks banjo and guitar, and is the rhythmic foundation for the group. Billy Bratcher holds down the beat for the trio on an upright bass and is well known for his unique "slap bass" style. Bratcher writes most of the group’s songs, their latest CD features 13 of his originals. Al Lemery has been banging out the beat on his guitar for 30 years. His powerful harmonies round out the trio’s engaging sound.

The summer concert series is supported in part by Williamstown Savings Bank.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm (daily in July and August). Admission June 1 through October 31 is $15 for adults, free for children 18 and younger, members, and students with valid ID. Admission is free November through May. For more information, call 413 458 2303 or visit clarkart.edu.

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June 13 through September 12, 2010: Focusing on two of the great artists of the modern period, Picasso Looks at Degas examines Picasso’s lifelong fascination with the life and work of Degas. The Clark is the exclusive North American venue for this ground-breaking exhibition exploring the depth of the Spanish artist’s fixation through dramatic pairings and groupings of art that have never been brought together in this ambitious way. The Clark, 225 South Street, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 413-458-2303, clarkart.edu

July 13: Free outdoor concert at the Clark with the Starline Rhythm Boys, 6:00 pm. Bring family and friends, a picnic, blankets, and lawn chairs to the Clark for this popular Berkshire tradition. The Starline Rhythm Boys make waves with a high-powered blend of hillbilly, rockabilly, and bluegrass sounds. Barbeque fare is available for purchase and the galleries will remain open until 6:00 pm on concert evenings. In the event of rain, the concerts will be held in the auditorium. Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. The Clark, 225 South Street, Williamstown, MA. clarkart.edu, 413 458 2303.

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