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The Blue Ribbon Healers / Press

“They're gypsy troubadours who turn Big Easy jazz blues, Texas swing and mountain jams into sprightly irrepressible music with a speakeasy flair. And while the Blue Ribbon Healers' sound may be weathered and old-fashioned, their subject matter is infused with a modern sensibility. Reminiscent of acts like the Squirrel Nut Zippers and Asylum Street Spankers, they're distinguished by the interplay of Pate's gruff baritone and Rose's sultry fluttering croon, a sort of fire and ice like Tom Waits courting Bessie Smith. "A lot of people have commented they like the contrast of our voices," says Rose. "My voice is softer and sweeter, and he's got that gruff, gritty, underworld-sounding voice. It's a nice balance." Pate's less diplomatic. "She's the orchid and I'm the rusty beer can," he says. ”

“Looking like a trio of Appalachian hippies, The Blue Ribbon Healers provide an old-timey sound with a swanky infusion of honky-tonk. The Devil Makes Three with less devil and more saintly sentiment, this guitar, stand-up bass, and mandolin trio (with the occasional kazoo) has been wowing crowds across the country, inspiring the lame to dance and the weak to be strong. With a wide selection of songs lamenting and celebrating the finer things in life, the band loves to partake in ceremonious medicating—so be sure to pass it around!”

““We write our own material, but we work hard in our approach to the variety of styles that spark our interest. We explore folk forms where literacy wasn't exactly a strong suit.” That exploring took Rose and Pate from their home base of New Orleans to the campus of Warren Wilson College in January 2010 for a packed show during a snowstorm, as well as many other shows in small, intimate rooms where their music warmly fills in the spaces between audience members. “A lot of times, those places tend to be smaller, but the crowds heartily approve of the stimulating way they can listen to, drink to and dance to our music,” she continued. “Festivals also attract large gatherings of people who can get down to good music, and the ones we played last year naturally motivate us to want to play more, but as far as dreams go, being able to travel the country and play for people full time is pretty dreamy.””

“Rob “Ribplate” Pate and Cindy McDermott (a/k/a Cindy Rose) have been around the block a time or two when it comes to “newgrass.” The couple met in Panama City Beach when Cindy was performing with Hellalujah, and the chemistry was instantaneous—musical and otherwise. “We have a good symbiosis,” says Pate. That is quite evident in their live performances, as their harmonies and all-around stage presence are very tight and well rehearsed. Both have incredibly unique voices, producing a completely signature sound. With inspirations such as Ella Fitzgerald, Satchmo, Billie Holiday, Jethro Burns, Grateful Dead, and even the Marlboro Man—Pate lists the latter as his vocal inspiration—it’s no wonder this band took flight with a full-fledged fan base in New Orleans.”

“An impromptu street jam on New Orleans's Frenchmen Street where jazz and blues music abound.”