Tuesday, July 10, 2012

"Mississippi Home" Tour

We are thrilled to announce that we will be on tour in Mississippi from October 6-15, 2012! We had a blast playing at the 33rd annual Mississippi Picnic in Central Park on June 9, 2012, where we announced our tour to the Mississippi folks. We had a taste of catfish and boy, do we want some more. Stay tuned for bookings and more info on our "Mississippi Home" Tour. We will be performing two gospel concerts in Canton and Oxford in addition to our Big Apple Bluegrass set. Cities already booked include Jackson, Oxford, Tupelo, Clarksdale and Canton. Check back for more info, y'all!

"I simply want to thank you for affording me one of the most delightful and enjoyable evenings that I have spent in a long time. Your incredible musical talent is matched only by your cordiality and kindness. As a long-time fan of bluegrass music, I found yours to be absolutely enchanting. I could have listened to you all night. You all made me so proud to be from Mississippi."
~William Winter
Former Governor of Mississippi

COOK OUT NYC on Governors Island!

We had such a great time playing the 2nd annual COOK OUT NYC event on governors Island this past Saturday, July 7, 2012. We beat the heat and sang our hearts out. Great hot dogs, BBQ, kimchi, and ever flowin' beer on the beautiful Governors Island. Now that's a fine Saturday, y'all!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

A Great Review of "Layin' It Down!"

This just in from the good people at Brooklyn Country. Take a look at the great review below and visit their website brooklyncountry.com for other reviews of great NYC country artists, and events. And we can't say thank you, thank you, thank you!

June 1, 2012

NYCity Slickers
Layin’ It Down
By JD Duarte
While on a road trip from their current New York home to the family’s birthplace in Mississippi, Faser Hardin and his wife Annie Chadwick, along with their daughter Abi heard the sounds of the old traditional bluegrass playing on the radio. They were so inspired by this authentic American roots music that upon returning to NYC they decided to explore this style and formed a bluegrass band.
NYCity Slickers are an eight-piece band currently making waves in the New York country scene. While their style is rooted in traditional bluegrass, the brand this “family” band presents on their first album Layin’ It Down shows off the unique background reflecting the range of its individual members. Having incorporated blues, rock, and various generations of country & western into their bluegrass-based songwriting, The Slickers offer a unique perspective and much-appreciated update on what is often labeled “traditional”.
With a background in theatre, the Hardin/Chadwick clan did not approach this only from the musicianship side of performance. In addition to a five-piece string band serving as the backbone, The Slickers put on one hell of a live show lead by three distinct female voices. The ladies draw the audience in through a fresh and inviting, down home welcoming presentation. Rarely do audiences stay in their seats. You’ll often find folks making way to the dance floor (even moving tables at Rodeo Bar to do so).
Layin’ It Down features thirteen songs, eight of which were written by the band and their extended family. Lead vocalists Annie Chadwick and Abi Hardin each contributed two songs to album. Chadwick’s “Gin & Blues” (inspired by Willie King’s “I Am The Blues”) reflects that traditionalism while the album’s finale, “Meltdown” highlight the sultry three-part female harmonies. Abi Hardin’s “It’s All About Me” brings the frenetic nature of young country and attributes this high-energy, progressive bluegrass band.
Contributions from Varner Stomps and Barney Chadwick on foot-stomping “Locked Out” as well as “Mississippi Home” and “Weather Girl” (with Billy Chadwick) and the Reeves Jones penned “Texas Two Step” only widen the net and display the many facets of the Slicker’s talent.
In addition to their bevy of original material, The NYCity Slickers offer up killer renditions of “Rocky Top,” a reinvention of the blues epic “Marie Laveau,” and the Billy Joel classic “Travelin’ Man” (yea, that Billy Joel).
With so much diversity at their fingertips as songwriters, instrumentalists, and performers, Layin’ It Down still has a consistency from beginning to end. And no wonder, the band recorded the album in the same way they perform- the eight members recorded live together in the studio.
With so much talent packed into one group, The NYCity Slickers show no signs of letting up. In addition to their many local appearances, they are also set to begin touring this summer.
To purchase Layin’ It Down visit www.NYCitySlickers.com

VG Newspaper, Norway's leading paper

The Slickers were just featured in Norway's leading newspaper, VG. Here's a PDF of the double page spread. We're still working on a translation. Anyone speak Norwegian?

The Slickers mentioned in the Macon, MS Beacon

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Grammy Protest Song

We’re pleased to announce that Varner Stomps, one of the hottest songwriting talents on the roots music scene, has signed with our company, City Roots Publishing. When Varner resurfaced after a long absence from songwriting, we jumped at the chance to feature three Stomps originals on our new CD – “Mississippi Home,” “Weather Girl,” and “Locked Out.” And if we know Varner, there are many more just like ‘em waiting in the wings. Stomps has been writing his one-of-a-kind grassroots “art songs” for the last 30 years, so why isn’t he a household name? “Good God! I’ve probably been thrown out of just about every publishing house on Music Row,” Stomps explains, laughing.“ And if my portrait here looks better than I do in person, then compliments to my lighting crew and a rare good night’s sleep.”

We’re happy to have Stomps kicking in our stable for as long as we can hold on to him. Listen here to his new, hot-off-the-voice-recorder 
Grammy Protest Song and you'll see why.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

We're on iTunes!

It's official, our debut album, "Layin' It Down" is now available for purchase on iTunes! We are so excited and can't wait to celebrate tonight at Rodeo Bar! The place is going to be packed and we are going to bring the roof down. Hope to see you there. And be sure to tell your friends about the CD. xoxo