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The Bluebillies / Bio

The Bluebillies don't just sing Country songs; they embody them, performing their unique blend of country, bluegrass and folk music with traditional style, sound and spirit. Husband and wife team Mark and Melody Guarino have been singing together since 1984 when they first made it their mission to help revive and preserve the rich heritage of the great and uniquely American art form of close-harmony country and bluegrass music in the style of the “brother” acts such as the Louvin Brothers, Everly Brothers and the Blue Sky Boys. With the addition of the father and son team of John and Orion Kribs, The Bluebillies were complete and perform together today with all the joy and simpatico that only a “family band” can produce. The Bluebillies present a series of travelling Old-time Gospel Music Revues for every season, and also host their own gospel music jam each summer at Little Theater on the Farm in Fort Edward, NY. Their CD’s Gal From Ioway and Train to Paradise are available from Fools Hill Music. The Bluebillies are:

Mel “Melba Deen” Guarino was born in Sioux City Iowa to parents who both were musicians in swing bands. The family travelled all around the Midwest following the music and eventually settled in her dirt road one horse hometown of Black Oak Indiana. After hitchhiking and travelling all over the USA, Mel settled in New York City where she played with various rock and folk bands. But soon she returned to the music she first heard and loved in of Black Oak, where Country Music was the music of choice among the population who had moved up North to find work in the gritty steel mills of Whiting and Gary. And it was the music that would become the driving force behind The Bluebillies style that forges close harmony bluegrass and hillbilly music into one heart-wrenching all-American wail.

Mark Guarino cut his teeth on rockabilly and country in his first band, Buck Libido, and opened for bands like Pure Prairie League and New Riders of the Purple Sage. His NYC based band, The Ring, toured New England opening for acts such as The Ramones, Jason and the Scorchers, and Whitesnake.

John Kribs, whose talent has garnered over 45 years of critical acclaim, founded the Racquette River Rounders and Johnny and the Triumphs. Later as a member of the McKrells, John was elected to the Capital Area Music Assn. Hall of Fame, and the band was voted “Best Bluegrass Band” by the Northeast Country Music Assn. In 2000 and 2001.

Orion Kribs, mandolin virtuoso, who is also a founding member and bassist of capital region band Black Mountain Symphony

The Bluebillies are available for Concerts, Dances, and Festivals and anywhere the sound of real American Music is enjoyed. For booking info please contact:
Mel Guarino @ (518) 632-5026 or thebluebillies@gmail.com and for more info see:
www.thebluebillies.com or www.facebook.com/thebluebillies

*Albums for sale or download at http://foolshillmusic.com and http://thebluebillies1.bandcamp.com

General Info

Band Members
John Kribs - Guitar, Orion Kribs - Mandolin, Mel (Melba Deen) Guarino - Vocals, Mark Guarino - Bass
Artist Name
The Bluebillies
Home Page
Active Since
Bluegrass / Country / Americana

Contact Info

Hartford, NY

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