Local Bluegrass Band Releases New Album

Keene, NH/Brattleboro, Vt.-based bluegrass band Blackjack Crossing will unveil their new record, “Don’t Borrow Trouble”, at two special events in the region.

On Saturday, Sept. 22, the band will perform at the Mole Hill Theatre in Alstead, NH, in a co-bill with area punk/folk legends HUMANWINE. The following Friday, Sept. 28, Blackjack Crossing will appear at The Stone Church in Brattleboro, Vt., with Boston roots/country band Grain Thief.

Recording for “Don’t Borrow Trouble” began in November 2017, and was finished in the spring. Recorded at Loud Sun Studio in Jaffrey, NH, most of the tracks were cut 100-percent live. The band has spent the summer performing across New England from Maine to Connecticut – including performances at the Gibson Hill, Podunk and Thomas Point Beach Bluegrass festivals.

The album contains several original songs written by band members Ben Yelle (mandolin, guitar), Coretta Bliss (guitar), and Dr. Carey Bluhm (fiddle). Filling out the lineup are Ben Ridgway (standup bass) and Eric Zablowsky (banjo) who contribute lead vocals on classic bluegrass, old-time and Texas Swing style numbers.

“Don’t Borrow Trouble” is available for sale at CDBaby.com and other online retailers. It can also be streamed on services such as Spotify.

The Sept. 22 concert begins at 7, with HUMANWINE performing first. Tickets are $12 at the door, and the event is BYOB. Hard liquor is not allowed. The event is open to all ages, though the performance is geared toward an adult audience.

The Sept. 28 concert kicks off with Grain Thief at 8. Tickets are $8 and $10, and can be purchased at https://bjcdsc.brownpapertickets.com/. The Stone Church features a top-of-the-line sound system and a full bar. This is an all-ages event.

For more information about Blackjack Crossing, contact Ben Yelle at bjxbeny@gmail.com or visit www.facebook.com/blackjackcrossing.

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