April 20, 2017 – 6:00 pm

Music in the Cafe: Bluegrass instrumentalists Scott Simontacchi and Barbara Lamb

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  • Scott Simontacchi and Barbara Lamb

World travelers and Nashville musicians Scott Simontacchi and Barbara Lamb and  have covered ground from Chattanooga to Chelyabinsk, Owensboro to Ontario, Seattle to Stockholm. They have traveled the world playing music sometimes in grand concert halls, sometimes in rural orphanages. Traditional American rural oldtimey and bluegrass music is their strength and love. They sing tight harmonies in bluegrass duets as though they grew up in the same family.

In 2000, Scott Simontacchi arrived in Nashville (by way of South Carolina) performing with The Biscuit Boys. He recorded two solo albums—Segue and Before the City Wakes—before embarking on stints as an actor and professional photographer. Scott’s powerful tone and wide range seem inspired by Sinatra, while his songwriting reflects his admiration for storytellers such as Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen. In addition to a strong background in these genres, there is an undeniable bluegrass element to his creations.

While most Nashvillians, native or otherwise, can claim to have rubbed elbows with the rich and famous, Scott has mingled with more than his fair share of our country’s big names in music. He has shared the bill with the likes of Sam Bush, Del McCoury, and Ralph Stanley. Scott has also made numerous appearances on the hit television show Nashville as a musician in the Rayna James band. His most notable experience, however, was a day spent eating chili and hanging out with John Hartford.

His new project, Sheriff Scott and the Deputies, came about when he happened upon a relic from his childhood in a shoebox—a badge that read “Sheriff Scott.” After wearing it to a gig at Brown’s Diner one night as a joke, Sheriff Scott and the Deputies were born. The Deputies include fiddle player Preston Schmidt, banjo player Joshua Brand, and upright bass player Sam West. The band released a self-titled album in 2014.

Seattle native Barbara Lamb is, quite simply, a legend.

Recognized as one of America’s most renowned fiddlers, she has had an illustrious career as a performer, composer, teacher, producer and recently as a musical diplomat for the U.S. State Department playing and teaching American music in Russia, China, Malaysia and Papua New Guinea.

While a teenager she won state and regional fiddling contests and placed in the Top Ten at the National Old-time Fiddle Contest. She was famed fiddler Mark O’Connor’s first fiddle teacher when she was fourteen. She has recorded eleven solo and band albums (CDs) for Sugar Hill Records and her own label. Lots of Coffee Records. Barbara co-founded a legendary western yodeling band Ranch Romance in the 1980s. In the 1990s she accompanied best selling author Robert Fulghum (All I Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten) on his Literacy Tour which included Carnegie Hall in NYC. She moved to Nashville in the mid 1990s only to join Austin Texas based western swing band Asleep At The Wheel six months later. After recording a Grammy winning album with that band, Barbara left the tour bus life in Texas, returned to Nashville and co-founded a bluegrass music camp called NashCamp still going strong 20 years later.

The list of artists with whom she has played and performed is a Who’s Who in the world of swing, bluegrass and acoustic music. The list includes Riders in the Sky, Peter Rowan, Tony Trischka, Bill Keith Charles Sawtelle, the aforementioned Asleep at the Wheel, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Bruce Hornsby, Johnny Gimble, John Cowan and Jerry Douglas.

Barbara and Scott often perform with acclaimed instrumentalist Mike Bub as the Treble Hook Trio.

 

 

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