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The Papa String Band / Press

“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! -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ”

“Papa String Band at the Home Team BBQ [View]In 2003, the Papa String Band was just a South Carolina duo playing bluegrass for fun. Seven years later, the seven-man band can boast performances at the Carolina Legends Bluegrass Festival and the South Carolina State Museum Fall Heritage Festival. Drop by the Home Team BBQ and take a listen to some live “funky newgrass honk,” including songs from the group’s self-titled album released last November. The show starts at 10pm and will run you five bucks. (843)225-7427, www.papastringband.com ”

“Papa String Band — While describing this group as a rock-inflected jamgrass band might turn off listeners who disdain hippies and indulgent noodling, it’s really their loss. Papa String Band is one of the finest party bands in Columbia, with a solid rhythm section and high-energy performance style that seems in stark contrast to the image of a bunch of hippies with mandolins jamming on Grateful Dead covers that you probably had in your head. Not that they don’t do that, too, but in the vast range and varying talents of groups labeled as jam bands, this is one worth taking the chance on. With The Funky Junk Band, The South Carolina Broadcasters. K. Petersen”

“The 'Black Mountain Side': Papa String Band from The 'Black Mountain Side' - Thu, 31 Mar 2011 05:35:00 GMT Papa String Band. April's got some good stuff coming up around town including....Papa String Band @ Art Bar: April 16 ($3 cover). I was recently lent their debut album and it was nothing short of a groovy newgrass experience. ... ”

same - The Black Mountain Side

“Q & A:PAPA STRING BAND: Guitarist Brett Mello talks; Tie Dyes and Eddie Van Halen”

“Papa String made "Best of 2010" in Australia!!!! ”

“The Papa String Band may sound like the name of a traditional bluegrass band, but the group’s sound will surprise you AUGUSTA, GA - Since 2003, the Papa String Band has been riding their self-proclaimed “funky newgrass honk” current down from the Saluda River. It’s taken them all over South Carolina and many places in between, delivering the sextet from local bars to music festivals year after year. Last year they visited Augusta at the Stillwater Tap Room and, if you’re starting to curse yourself because you missed them, don’t worry; they’re coming back. Over time, the band grew and added members who brought unique accents to the sound. Presently utilizing Mike Fore on harmonica, Gary Bishop on bass, Jackson Wools on percussion and Matt Fenech on drums, they recently gained a new mandolin player, LJ Errante, replacing co-founder Daron LaBruyere. “ ”

“ The Papa String Band The Papa String Band 12:40 a.m.-until As comfortably mellow as a pair of Birkenstocks and as colorfully carefree as a tie-dyed T-shirt, the music of The Papa String Band carries on in true jam-band tradition based in the Grateful Dead and detouring through the more contemporary jamgrass of Blueground Undergrass, Leftover Salmon and Yonder Mountain String Band on the band’s self-titled debut. Brett Mello and Daron LaBruyere might have begun as a simple acoustic duo interpreting bluegrass in their own way, but The Papa String Band has become, almost by default by just plain sticking around for seven years now, Columbia’s best jam-rock band. K. Oliver ”

Kevin Oliver - The Free Times

“Papa String on the RADIO!!!!!....WRHI-FM/AM....Check the last part of the show.”

“Papa String Band – S/T (Papa’s Cabin) I like the Papa String Band. They take bluegrass, Americana, some reggae rhythms and a love of the Grateful Dead, and make music for post-teen hipsters, aging heads and the lovers of wood and wire. They’re a jam band of course, taking inspiration from the Californian sound of a generation ago, but always mixing it up to keep it interesting. Founding members Daron LaBruyere and Brett Mello have brought together a like-minded group of talented musicians who are equally comfortable raising the rafters as they are laying down some chilled grooves. Standouts are plentiful and generally raise a smile. First track “Not Too Cold (Around The Appalachian Bend)” provides a perfect launch-pad, with its emphasis on getting feet moving. “The Other Side” is reminiscent of “Hotel California” but with a shuffling Caribbean beat. Whether the Papa String Band are to UK tastes, I’ve no idea, though like I said earlier, they work for me. ”

“The band started back in 2003 with just a few folks getting together to put their spin on traditional bluegrass. with the addition of piano, blues harp,bass and some inventive percussion, the sound of this 7 member group has evolved into something they call "Funky Newgrass Honk"-whcih incorporates bluegrass,blues, funk,jamband, reggae and some psychedelia. And to top it off, they've included a hidden bonus song (track 12 titled Skeleton Polka) that fuses polka with some swingin' gypsy jazz. Reviewed by: UNCLE GRAM (DJ @ WUSC-fm)”

Uncle Gram/DJ @ WUSC-FM - CD review

“It's "Americana, jam, even Southern-fried Grateful Dead" to some folks but to the Papa String Band, live this Saturday at the Sylvia Theater, York, it's just "funky/newgrass/honk." From traditional bluegrass to contemporary improv jamming, the duo of Daron LaBruyere and Brett Mello use unconventional instrumentation to create an "ever-changing, spontaneous, and unpredictable sensory experience." More simply put, "Daron and Brett just can't stop popping strings" thus explaining both the band's name and musical style in one fell swoop. Music for all ages, heavily influenced by the Grateful Dead, Newgrass Revival, Bela Fleck and The Flecktones, Railroad Earth, Simon and Garfunkel, even The Beatles, Allman Brothers, and more, that "leaves fans with a smile on their face" from the Papa String Band, live this Saturday at the Sylvia Theater, 27 N. Congress St., downtown York. ”

“The Papa String Band Get past the silly pun for a name, and the Papa String Band — get it? — is a pretty serious contender in the local jam-rock scene, which could use a shot in the arm or two. Columbia, once home to a plethora of jam-friendly bands the likes of Sourwood Honey, Mountain Express, King Hippo and others, needs a headliner-capable jam band to step up. Enter the Papa String Band. Singer/mandolinist David LaBruyere and guitarist Brett Mello formed the group as an acoustic act after playing on local riverbanks for friends, and last year they expanded Papa String to a full band...... The result is still heavily acoustic, but the additional instrumentation allows the musicians to stretch out and improvise even more, which fits well with the semi-Dead kind of songs they write. The inevitable Grateful Dead comparison was made even more obvious last month as the band performed an entire set of Dead tunes as part of Art Bar’s Spirit of ‘68 Festival. — K. Oliver”

“Papa String Band, which released its self-titled debut late last year, will perform a show that will also serve as a video shoot. Diehards of PSB's meticulously stacked music should reserve a spot. It's hard enough to get music fans out to see shows, but even harder when your venue is on Knox Abbott Drive in Cayce, a few stoplights past State Street. But it's worth the drive (as if it's that far) to check out the crisp sound system, which PSB will undoubtedly take advantage of. ”

“Starting in the summer of 2003, Papa String Band members Daron LaBruyere and Brett Mello started turning heads on the rocks of the Broad 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, and have been performing frequently in Columbia ever since........This element of unconventional instrumentation has allowed the band to explore and expand areas of their own music that once seemed unattainable. The Papa String Band is not just confined to bluegrass, but has evolved into an ever-changing, spontaneous, and unpredictable sensory experience.”

“ Charts - 03/31/09 01 BIRD AND THE BEE Ray Guns Are Not Just The Future 02 JUSTICE A Cross The Universe 03 COCONUT RECORDS Davy 04 BISHOP ALLEN Grrr 05 FEVER RAY Fever Ray 06 ANAVAN Cover Story 07 NEKO CASE Middle Cyclone 08 OF MONTREAL An Eluardian Instance (Jon Brion Remix) [EP] 09 TORO Y MOI My Touch 10 PAPA STRING BAND Papa String Band 11 PASSION PIT Chunk Of Change 12 SWAN LAKE Enemy Mine 13 DAN AUERBACH Keep It Hid 14 HERE WE GO MAGIC Here We Go Magic 15 HORATIO LEE JENKINS Drunker Than Satan 16 PHANTODS Phantods 17 ROYKSOPP Junior 18 DAN DEACON Bromst 19 DANNY SCHMIDT Instead The Forest Rose To Sing 20 VENICE IS SINKING AZAR PSB # 10 on WUSC/FM's charts for the week of 3/31/10!!!! ”

“THE BEST DANG BAND I HAVE HEARD, LOCAL OR OTHERWISE, (WELL I WAS AT JAZZ FEST AND SAW WILLIE RECENTLY), ANYWAY - PAPA STRING BAND, PLAYS AT WHITE MULE AND WE ARE HONORED TO SHARE THE STAGE W THESE BOYS. THEY SOUND LIKE, WELL, COSMIC LIKE THE DEAD BUT DRIVING LIKE NEW GRASS WITH A LOT OF MARLEYISTIC NO WORRIES QUALITIES. BUT THERE LIVE SHOWS BOUNCE AND JAM., TIGHT DRUMMING AND HARMONIES AND OBVIOUS CONNECTIVITY BETWEEN ELECTRIC MANDOLIN AND ACOUSTIC GUITAR MAKE A FANTASTIC SOUND THAT M'AKES YOU WANT TO PUT THE TOP DOWN AND DRIVE TO TELLURIDE WITH NOTHING BUT A 6 PACK OF MELLO YELLO AND YOUR DOG. PSB HAS A NEW ALBUM FOR YOU TO BUY.”

“The Papa String Band — The Columbia area has been home to some great jam bands over the years, from Mountain Express and Sourwood Honey to more recent examples such as Almost Jason and certainly The Papa String Band. The latter’s self-titled 2009 release showcased the distance it has traveled from humble acoustic duo beginnings to what’s now a potent act both on disc and on stage. K. Oliver”

Kevin Oliver - The Free Times Newspaper/Columbia. SC

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