Ryan Shupe and the Rubberband
They’re from the great state of Utah, and have won the Telluride Bluegrass Band Competition, so that tells you some important basics.
However, aside from letting you know that Ryan Shupe and the Rubberband are knockout musicians, it doesn’t tell you about the quality of their stage show.
Back in 2008, they put on one of the most entertaining nights of music ever here at the Opera House. Incredible fiddle, guitars and banjo, original and classic tunes, lead vocals and harmonies, comedy even: there’s just about nothing this band can’t do – and do it well.
Featured right in the middle of Jim Thorpe’s famous Fall Foliage Festival, Ryan Shupe and the Rubberband presents the perfect show for the season. Traditional instruments, such as mandolin, fiddle and acoustic guitar, are all featured in the act. They can pick and grin alongside the best bluegrass outfits, past and present.
Yet the band can also rock out, or feature the solo improvisations of the best of jam music. Some songs even have a world beat or reggae feel. Country? No problem – the group delivered the album and song, Dream Big, which made it into the Top 20 of the Billboard Country charts.
Their music is better than glitz, commercial, whatzit. They don’t just play the banjo, they OWN the banjo, and are a credit to contemporary bluegrass. – A fan commenting on their song Banjo Boy