Brad Hammonds Group / Bio
Brad Hammonds Group recently released their debut instrumental album that combines world music, bluegrass, folk and acoustic rock in July 2012 and has already received rave reviews, such as this one by SomethingElseReviews.com:
For his album Greene Street, Brad decided to cobble together a quartet of musicians who could help him create a set of instrumental music that would better exploit his acoustic guitar skills and an eclectic songwriting background. The Brad Hammonds Group is thus made up of Hammonds, cellist Will Martina, bassist Jason DiMatteo and percussionist Mathias Kunzli.
You could call this music “bluegrass,” but at times it’s by default. Hammonds can redirect his very capable band to so many parts of the country and of the world: there’s the bluesy, hoedown thump of “Stomp,” the Appalachia symphony of “Chesapeake,” and the multi-mood “If This, Then That” (see Youtube below). But it’s not all Americana; “Parisian is a modern take on the prewar French swing of Stephane Grappelli and Django Reinhardt, “Further East” has a Middle-Eastern flair, “Summer Feel” feels like European chamber music and “Ryan The Lion” appears to blend Celtic with North African folk music.
The Brad Hammonds Group, however, don’t approach anything in a necessarily conventional way, yet it all somehow comes together impulsively with a rich composite sound. Not too unfamiliar but definitely not rote, Hammonds is onto something good, here."
Brad has played hundreds of shows across the country including NYC venues such as The Blue Note, The Symphony Space, The Living Room, Joes' Pub, The Whitney Museum, Rockwood Music Hall, BAM Café, SXSW Eclectic Stage, and voted one of WNYC's soundcheck best live performances of 2007. Brad has toured extensively throughout the country playing college and universities, theaters, cafes, art houses and house concerts and toured the Netherlands....
Brad's music has been featured on the History Channel, the Sundance Channel, Discovery Channel and Animal Planet.
"Brad, undoubtedly has the fastest fingers in the east. I have never, never, ever seen fingers fly up and down the neck of a guitar at this sort of break-neck speed.” -Dian Hall (Music Director of Union Hall) "Hammonds is an exceptional guitarist" -Listenersgeneration.com
- Band Members:
- Brad Hammonds- Guitar, Will Maritna- Cello, Mathias Kunzli- Percussion, Jason DiMatteo- Bass
- Artist Name:
- Brad Hammonds Group
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- Active Since:
- Folk / World / Acoustic Rock
- New York, NY