DRY BRANCH FIRE SQUAD

CAPTURING THE SOUL OF AMERICAN MUSIC

http://www.drybranchfiresquad.com/

Dry Branch Fire Squad has been a staple in the traditional bluegrass world for over 40 years now, with singer/songwriter/instrumentalist/comedian Ron Thomason leading the way. As the only band to have played at every single Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival, it's clear to see why Dry Branch Fire Squad performs annually at many of the nation’s premier festivals such as Grey Fox, Festival of the Bluegrass, and Hardly Strictly.

Dry Branch Fire Squad provides thoughtful harmony lines that give expression to the soulfulness and meaning of bluegrass and old-time music. With impeccable timing and knowledge of the modern side of country, Ron’s social commentary, catchy lyrics and song choice from the oldest traditions of music makes Dry Branch Fire Squad one of the most entertaining bands in bluegrass.

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upcoming appearances

Jun 25 Sat Flatrock Bluegrass Jamboree Marion, WI

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Jun 26 Sun Szold Hall at Old Town School of Folk Music Chicago, IL

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Jul 7-10 Thurs-Sun High Mountain Hay Fever Festival Westcliffe, CO

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Jul 14-17 Thurs-Sun Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival Oak Hill, NY

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Aug 18 Thurs 42nd Annual North Carolina State Bluegrass Festival Marion, NC

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Aug 21 Sun United Methodist Church Youth Ministry Woodbine, MD
Aug 20-21 Sat-Sun Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival Gettysburg, PA

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Sept 3-4 Sat-Sun Tri-State Bluegrass Festival Kendallville, IN

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Sept 30-Oct 2 Fri-Sun Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival San Francisco, CA

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The Scuttlebutt

Ron Thomason is a National Treasure.
— Ted Lehmann, No Depression
It’s a matter of receptiveness, of openness to a tradition...(they) show sensitivity and respect for the people who “made” this music...(The music) is beautiful but there is another side to this band that must be experienced in the flesh: humor...I’ve seen full barrooms grow so quiet I could hear the soda fizz in my glass. And I’ve seen audiences so convulsed with laughter that minutes had to pass before the show could go on.
— Joe Wilson, National Council of Traditional Arts
Simply put, this is the best live band playing today...each time I was moved not only to laughter, but tears and joy as well. Every time.
— Chris Stuart, Southern California Bluegrass News
‎Resonating throughout, is Ron Thomason’s passionate, moaning, cracking voice, old-time and authentic yet unfailingly musical. The man’s a national treasure, for his brilliant on-stage humor, his abiding commitment to taking his intelligence ever deeper into the sources and meaning of the music, and the intensity of his singing. He has an unerring sensibility for what brought many of us to country and bluegrass music.
— Bluegrass Unlimited
For (almost 40) years Dry Branch Fire Squad has been one of bluegrass music’s most popular bands, renowned for its spry mix of front-porch standards, modern ballads, and the old-time sounds from which bluegrass first sprang. The (quartet) is positively adored for its droll, scampy stage shows, fueled by Ron Thomason’s cornpone-and-hard-cider wit. On their irresistible new Rounder concert CD, Live at the Newburyport Firehouse...his laconic monologues unfurl like long, laze serpents: When they strike, it’s with such suddenness and accuracy that they almost leave you too breathless to laugh. Almost.
— Scott Alarik, Boston Globe
Rarely does old-time music sound so new and powerful.
— Brian Whepley, The Wichita Eagle