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Starting in the summer of 2003, Papa String Band members, Daron LaBruyere and Brett Mello, started turning heads on the rocks of the Saluda River. Many would gather 'round to listen to their new take on ol' time bluegrass. In May of 2004, the duo decided to take their act to local bars and restaurants. They've been performing ever since.
In January of 2005, talented keyboardist, Will Smith, joined up with Papa String in an attempt by all to stretch the boundaries of traditional bluegrass music. The band expanded their lineup with the additions of bass player, Gary Bishop; percussionist, Jackson Wools; harmonica player, Mike Fore; and Chris Jones on the drum kit. This combination of unconventional instrumentation allowed the band to push beyond bluegrass, opening the doors for new experimentation and endless musical possibilities. The Papa String Band's "signature blend" of music is infused with the influences of blues, bluegrass, jazz, psychedelic, jam and funk.
Their music has been described as "Americana," "Jam," and even "Southern fried Grateful Dead." Papa String just calls it, "Funky Newgrass Honk." This is music that captures all ages and leaves fans with a smile on their face.
The Papa String Band has evolved into an ever-changing, spontaneous, and unpredictable sensory experience, so "kick off your shoes, and hold on to your booze" cause the Papa String Band's coming to town!