Melody Walker & Jacob Groopman
Hailing from the San Francisco Bay Area and the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, respectively, singer-songwriter Melody Walker and picker extraordinaire Jacob Groopman have fused their influences into a style they like to call “Americali.” They define it as Americana with a California twist, but of course, it’s much more. Drawing from diverse genres and provocative songwriting yet staying close to their American folk roots, the duo create literate music that honors tradition, yet sounds completely of the moment. Melody was recently named a winner of the Chris Austin Songwriting competition at Merlefest for her song "Black Grace".
"As eclectic a band as I have ever heard, the variety of music they present is as surprising as the members themselves, comprised entirely of Vassar college professors and students." - Mel Paskel/Hudson Valley Bluegrass Assn.
The Roundabout Ramblers have been making music in the Hudson Valley region for over five years. Though the performers and instruments change occasionally, they consistently offer great arrangements of songs that span the genres from country to 80s pop to blues, all on acoustic instruments. The musical experience is top-notch, and audiences are guaranteed to have a good time whenever the Ramblers are on stage!
Featuring Anna Been, D.B. Brown, Randy Cornelius, Jenni Kennell, Aaron Linder, and Laura Smith.