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Hard Trails publicity shot - Voghera 2000 

Posted 8/11/2007 5:04:55 PM

The only authentic old-time string band I've been part of, Hard Trails were born in 1999 as a spinoff from Plain Old Folk when many members of the latter group born in 1997 grew dissatisfied from the lack of authentic old-time flavor in their music. The new group, without the former guitarist but with the newfound hot, young female vocalist-guitarist, recorded a self-produced demo CD and split one year later when both the other multi-instrumentalist and the bass player quit for independent reasons. At first the leftover trio tightened ropes and eventually recorded two tunes on an Italian double compilation, then in September 2001 we took separate ways. The original "Demo 2000" CD wasn't all that bad. As a matter of fact, aside from a few technical flaws it sounds a whole lot better than the tunes published on "Country in This Country vol. 2". L to R: myself (fiddle, mandolin, tin whistle, 5-string banjo, vocals); Erica Opizzi (guitar, vocals); Mario Rovati (guitar, mandolin, vocals); Franco Ragusano (mountain dulcimer, bass); Michele Bassanese (5-string banjo, mountain dulcimer, autoharp, ukulele).

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