Strung Sideways's Profile

About me:“With their solidified brand of deep-fried “blues-grass”, blues and folk, Strung Sideways is poised to break down the barriers of any genre you’d care to fit them into.”

In 2009, in the midst of writing material for their debut album War Of Wits, the blues/folk-based acoustic duo at the time, Strung Sideways, consisting of long time friends and collaborators Jim Inman and Bob Merrick, were turned onto the new wave of modernized old-time string band and Alt-country music popping up all over the country. Newly inspired by acts from Old Crow Medicine Show, Hot Day At The Zoo, and Yonder Mountain String Band, to the originators of the genre like Ralph Stanley and Bill Monroe, they dove in head first, developing quite a knack for the discovery and arrangement of traditional bluegrass and old-time standards to fit their personality. They are truly at the top of their game in some of these late additions the album such as the traditional, “Gospel Plow” and their own composition, “Noblesboro".
After a year of testing the Central New York club scene waters, they were receiving fevered reactions from audiences. The addition of Greg Wilson on the upright bass would complete and augment their already solid sound. Suddenly, crowds who were never aware that they would enjoy this raucous style of good time music were spontaneously breaking into square dances at clubs normally ruled by the rock cover scene.

In 2010 Strung Sideways has seen their greatest successes to date, winning over crowds at Riggiefest at the Utica Memorial Auditorium, becoming regulars for special events at the F.X. Matt Brewing Company and breaking down the modern country music barrier to perform their fiery brand of old-time, Alt-country string band music at WFRG’s Frogfest at Verona Beach St. Park to an estimated 12 to 15 thousand people. Also, their debut album, War Of Wits, was nominated for a SAMMY (Syracuse area music awards) for best Americana album of 2010. Jim and Bob’s unique approach to live, on-stage improvisation, born out of their long time mutual admiration of the blues and southern-rock bands such as the Allman Brothers, showcases the fact that they each truly know the other, perhaps better then they know themselves. Add in the punk rock personality and rock-solid bottom end of Greg’s upright under bluesy, improvised dual harmony leads, intelligently designed vocal harmonies, and a barrage of acoustic instruments from the darkness of the banjitar to their lighthearted playfulness when the kazoos come out, Strung Sideways is poised to redefine what is available in the Central New York music scene, and beyond.
Member Since:October 18, 2010
Last Login:October 18, 2010
Location:Holland Patent, NY
Birthday:November 3