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Combining songs and sounds from the East Texas Pines to the swing of the hill country and west. From the sultry French Quarter and the Mississippi delta to the pep of the Ozark Hills. Old Bridge Rhythm Band has that old timey Americana sound that has graced stages at Revolution Cafe and Bar(Bryan, TX), The Corner Pub(Conroe TX), Pine Creek Lodge (Nacogdoches, TX) The Logon Cafe (Beaumont, TX), Enochs Irish Pub( Monroe LA), The Cathouse (Eureka Springs, AR) Muddy Waters (Dallas, TX), International Musical Saw Festival (Queens NY), and Sleepy Bear Dunes (Empire MI).
Old Bridge Rhythm Band uses harmony, melody, simple percussion with strong syncopated rhythms to takes audiences on a tour of myth and legend, of the Snake Oil Salesmen, the Carpet Bagger, the Carnie, the Revival, The Old West and Old Ways. A tour of old music, of traditional Americana.
A little about the players:
Chris Puente: Vocals, Guitar, Fiddle, Musical Saw, Double Bass, Percussion
*January 9 2008 issue of "Spotlight on Entertainment" (Cover Story)
*July 2008 Issue of "Texas Highways" (Photo and Mention)
*December 2008 Issue of "Texas Live" (Photo)
* 2013-14 State Artist (Musician) Nominee
In the spring of 2006 Chris' legs and arms involuntarily curled up while driving. Three weeks later, doctors removed half of a 5cm tumor from Chris' brain. It was too dangerous to remove the rest. Recovery was intense. He had little control over his right arm, trouble speaking and severe memory loss. Resolved, Chris began practicing guitar for hours a day. Slowly, he regained the ability to play and relearned his songs. Unable to easily walk, talk, or drive himself, but determined, Chris returned to the road and performing by the end of the very same year. Chris hasn't stopped since. His performances revitalized and inspired.
Erin Kost: Vocals, musical Saw, Washtub Bass, Percussion
Rola Cerone: Washtub Bass
Lena Weiland: Banjo, Mandolin,
Chad Petty: Mandolin, Harmonia
Mary-Charlotte Young: Washtub Bass, Guitar Vocals, Banjo
Micheal Huebner: Drums, percussion
Jonathan Gryder: Dobro, Weisenborn
David Roe: Piano
Alyssa Derksen: Fiddle, Vocals
Alex Korolov: Fiddle