Colebrook Road band performing for album release
BY KAYLA PONGRAC
Our Town Correspondent
Bluegrass band Colebrook Road will return to Johnstown this spring as part of the Folk and Bluegrass Series at Venue of Merging Arts (VOMA).
The show is scheduled for May 4 at VOMA, located at 305 Chestnut Street in Johnstown’s Cambria City neighborhood.
Since their last appearance in the city, the band was signed to Mountain Fever Records, and they are preparing to release their latest album, “On Time,” the day before their performance at VOMA.
“Colebrook Road will now have a record label supporting and promoting their new release this year,” said Folk and Bluegrass Series organizer and Striped Maple Hollow band member Micah Mood. “They've been writing great songs and playing great shows, and it's great to see them take steps to get their music out in front of more and more people.”
Mood said the public can certainly consider this an album release show.
“They're doing a string of album release shows, where they'll have the album for sale in person before it's available online,” he said.
Colebrook Road, a Harrisburg-based band, won the 2016 D.C. Bluegrass Union’s Mid Atlantic Bluegrass band contest in Washington, D.C., as well as the 2015 Podunk Bluegrass Festival band contest in Hebron, Connecticut; the 2014 Watermelon Park Fest band contest in Berryville, Virginia, and the 2011 Pickin’ In The Panhandle Bluegrass Festival band contest in Martinsburg, West Virginia.
The band consists of five musicians: Jesse Eisenbise (lead vocals and guitar); Wade Yankey (mandolin); Jeff Campbell (upright bass and vocals); Mark Rast (vocals, banjo, bass vocalist, dobro) and Joe McAnulty (fiddle and baritone vocalist).
Their debut, self-titled album was released in 2012 and was followed up by “Halfway Between” in 2016.
Mood said Colebrook Road has enjoyed playing shows at VOMA, which he calls a great “listening venue” where people “really pay attention to every note.”
Mood recommended checking out Colebrook Road’s official website (www.colebrookroad.com) and YouTube channel, where fans and prospective fans can find videos such as “Feel the Burn” (recorded live at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.) and the band’s cover of Paul Simon’s “The Boy in the Bubble.”
Opening the show that evening will be Johnstown’s own Striped Maple Hollow. The band plays a mix of folk, bluegrass and rock ‘n roll. They write and perform their own songs, just like Colebrook Road, but they’re also known to throw some cover songs onto their setlist.
In addition to Mood on guitar, banjo and vocals, Striped Maple Hollow consists of Jayna Mood (vocals and guitar); Sonya Giuffre on vocals; Adam Milkovich on mandolin, lead guitar, blues harp and vocals and Leo Drager on bass.
“It's always a blast to get to play a show with Colebrook Road, one of my favorite bands,” Mood said. “This is going to be an unprecedented show for Striped Maple Hollow. We're debuting six new songs. Two of them are songs that we played out once, but then went back to the woodshed and re-worked them, and the other four are brand new.”
Striped Maple Hollow (www.stripedmaplehollow.com) has shared the stage with The Whiskey River Panhandlers, The Stray Birds, Essential Machine and Mandolin Orange, just to name a few. They played at last year’s AmeriServ Flood City Music Festival in Johnstown and Three Rivers Arts Festival in Pittsburgh, and also recently played at Club Café in Pittsburgh.
Tickets for the all ages, BYOB (with a valid I.D.) show are available for purchase in advance by visiting www.thevoma.com. A limited number of reserved seating tickets are also available. Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door.
Doors are to open at 6:30 p.m. and Striped Maple Hollow will take the stage a half hour later.
“This should be a great show, with Colebrook Road debuting a lot of new material from the new album,” Mood said. “I'd love to see a packed house and everyone leaving with a copy of their new album in hand.”
Upcoming shows as part of the Folk and Bluegrass Series include The Mike Mitchell Band on Sept. 14; Haint Blue on Oct. 5 and The Gina Furtado Project on Nov. 23.