Boogie-Woogie Meets Bluegrass

Seamlessly combining the feel-good groove of classic Rhythm and Blues with acoustic Americana instrumentation, Roosevelt Dime has crafted an infectious style and sound truly their own.

Eben Pariser fronts the band with searingly soulful vocals, belted and whispered with a passion and panache straight from the juke joints.

Andrew Green’s innovative piano-inspired banjo style, equal parts boogie-woogie and bluegrass, lock in with the New Orleans clave rhythms of Tony Montalbano’s drums and Craig Akin’s syncopated upright bass.

The swampy chords and swinging blues lines of Pariser’s semi-hollow electric guitar thicken the sound further still. By following the strains of Americana back to its roots, they not only combine aspects of different genres but challenge the notion of these differences at their core. Hailing from Brooklyn, New York, the band started in the age-old New Orleans street busking tradition, only it was the bustling avenues of the Big Apple rather than the Big Easy that first nurtured their sound.

All walks of life were drawn to the undeniable positivity and crowd-sourced spontaneity at these revelries, and this literal grassroots community-building stuck with the band as they took their joyous beat from the city’s parks and subways to seek that same heartfelt connection with audiences worldwide. Armed with original songs of hope, love, and conviction that sound birthed from the cradle of American music yet still crucially relevant to the times in which we live, their performances are a perpetual crowd-pleaser in any setting.

Come hear it for yourself on Friday, May 11 at Usus Music Hall in Asheville. The show will also feature Brian Ashley Jones. Come out at 8:30 p.m. to 743 Haywood Road in West Asheville. Tickets cost $15/$18. Purchase them in advance at www.isisasheville.com or by calling 828-575-2737.

About Shelby Harrell
Shelby Harrell is the editor of the Biltmore Beacon, editor of The Guide arts and entertainment publication and is a staff writer for Mountaineer Publishing. Originally from Asheville, she has worked in journalism for seven years and currently lives in Clyde, NC.