Sounds Like: Red Stick Ramblers, The Devil Makes Three, Tom Waits, David Grisman Quintet, Frank Zappa
Bio: In 5 years of playing full time and traveling coast to coast, The Blue Ribbon Healers have concocted a sonic gumbo of tasty treats for the ears and feet, a sound you can drink to, dance to, and smoke to, a feeling that warms the heart and brings people together in lively celebration.
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“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. ”