The Burlington, Vermont band Strangefolk officially announced the addition of two new members to the established jam rock lineup known for its intoxicating melodies, lush three-part harmonies and energized explorations.

Originally a four piece ensemble, lead singer and rhythm guitarist Reid Genauer left the band in September 2000. After a series of auditions held in New York, Boston and Burlington, it was clear that singer/guitarist Luke Montgomery and keyboardist extraordinaire Scott Shdeed were the perfect fit to navigate Strangefolk to the forefront of the jam band scene.

A fixture for years in the New York City music scene, Luke Montgomery incorporates open tunings and flatpicking into his playing style, and injects incredible energy and emotion into Strangefolk's legendary improvisational jams.

Scott Shdeed plays the Hammond B-3 organ, Wurlitzer piano and other assorted vintage keyboards. Scott's playing reflects the styles of Merl Saunders, Jimmy Smith and T. Lavitz, and his lightning fast fingers incorporate such musical genres as Gospel, Dixieland, Avante Garde, Be-bop, Hard-bop, Cool jazz and Bluegrass into Strangefolk's repertoire.

The debut of the new lineup took place on November 4th, 2000 to a packed house at the Mad Mountain Tavern in Waitsfield, VT. The response to Luke and Scott was outstanding, and the sentiments were that the band was better than ever.

The next concert with the two new members will be on New Years Eve 2001 at the Higher Ground in Winooski, VT. Check out Strangefolk's latest release A Great Long While - Click here to buy.

[Published on: 11/30/00]

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