BARRY MAZOR/ROOTS WATCH – SOME RECORDS I THINK YOU OUGHT TO HEAR: The New York area favorites Demolition String Band, fronted by my own very talented old friends and one-time neighbors Elena Skye and Boo Reiners, have always matched quality bluegrass style (and level) instrumental chops with edgy song choices and creations; their new one on Varese Sarabande Records, Gracious Days, takes on writers from the Ramones to Mickey Newbury, and several strong compositions from Elen.
MARY LEARY/SAN DIEGO ENTERTAINER: There’s an air of wildness; of something cool and sharp in the air, with Demolition String Band. The duo bristles with a restlessness that’s at the heart of some of the most exciting American roots music. It’s that sense of suddenly leaving town for no apparent reason, or on the strength of a rumor. It’s about dropping your husband’s hand at a county fair ‘cause some handsome stranger – who’s probably “trouble” — strides by;
Demolition String Band: Brilliant Country and Bluegrass
Demolition String Band’s new album Gracious Days is a kind of record that doesn’t get made very often anymore. It answers the question of what would happen if two of the most esteemed players on the New York country scene were turned loose in the studio with unlimited instruments and unlimited time, something Varese Vintage apparently decided to do, with delicious results. The production is absolutely gorgeous,
“Boo Reinershas been a fixture in the Mile Square City’s music scene since the early Nineties, when he performed with the hugely popular rap/funk fusion band Sweet Lizard Illtet.
Singer/songwriter Elena Skye moved to Hoboken in the mid-Eighties and opened Blackwater Books, a cultural hub for many years.
And together, they’ve enjoyed a 15-year career as the Demolition String Band,
We are super-psyched for the March 6th release of our new album called “Gracious Days” from the fine folks at Varese Sarabande/Varese Vintage and we’re gonna celebrate on Wed 3/07 with a live show at The Living Room in NYC! Come early and stay late! We’ll play one set at 9pm and commence to celebratin’ further at the bar, please tell your friends and mark your calendars, we’d love for you to join us!
The People’s Voice Cafe RAWX! Thanks to all the fine folk there who made us feel so welcome, they do such a great job producing crucial music and performance week in, week out!
BILLBOARD: “Demolition String Band’s fourth album “Different Kinds of Love,” released in late 2007 on versatile indie Breaking Records, delivers on the group’s beloved mix of bluegrass, honky-tonk, rock and Bayou ooze, highlighted by whimsical “Letters,” an ode to a modern-day techno-bunco. Skye and company are primed to rope in triple A here, while the 13-track full-length has further potential at country with vigorous “Wisteria,” wedding wish “I Wanna Wear White” and collaborative throwdown “Who Taught You.” Demolition’s members are across-the-board connoisseurs: master instrumentalists,
NO DEPRESSION: ‘Pulling Up Atlantis’ offers a blend of rock and bluesy ballads with the pumping electric country numbers, almost all of which explore very contemporary and complicated relationships, often from the view of a tough, vulnerable and resilient woman who will hang in there, maybe even thrive, despite everything…”
SANTA MONICA MIRROR: “Skye’s singing is powerful but mindful of the quiet ache in the voice that can communicate as much as a howl.
ROLLING STONE.COM: “Thank you Elena Skye and Boo Reiners for honoring the late Ola Belle Reed, a remarkable banjoist, songwriter and Appalachian music legend.”
LENNY KAYE/author, guitarist PATTI SMITH GROUP, ROCK & ROLL H.O.F. MEMBER: “This resurrection of a deserving and incandescent artist has all the hallmarks of a spiritual channeling: Ola Belle is recreated for a new century. May she for ever ring!”