Mary McCaslin and Steve Palazzo

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Mary and Steve share an appreciation for the Old Time Country Music of The Louvin Brothers and Carter Family, as well as the early Rock and Roll Music of Buddy Holly and The Everly Brothers. Their wonderful duet vocal harmonies balance nicely with their fingerpicking guitar duets and Steve's flatpicking guitar solos.

Mary McCaslin represents an unbroken link between traditional folksingers and today’s “new folk” singer-songwriters. Her music ranges from ballads of the old west to her own songs of the new west and modern times. Regarded as a pioneer of open guitar tunings, and known for her distinctive vocal style, Mary’s influences can be heard in many younger folk performers.

She is also known for her haunting renditions of pop standards and rock classics, such as “Ghost Riders In The Sky”, “The Wayward Wind”, the Beatles’ “Things We Said Today”, and the Supremes’ “My World Is Empty”. Her versions of the Beatles’ “Blackbird” and the Who’s “Pinball Wizard” are made more unique by her “clawhammer” banjo accompaniment.

Mary’s musical influences are as varied as her repertoire: The western ballads of Marty Robbins, the guitar playing of Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell, the singing and banjo playing of Hedy West, and the vocal inflections of the Beatles and the BeeGees.

Steve's rich amalgam of traditional bluegrass, blues and old-time country music, along with an enormous repertoire speak to a lifetime immersed in playing, building and teaching acoustic guitar. His mastery of American Roots guitar styles and heartfelt vocals always make for a compelling performance.

A highly sought after teacher, Steve has taught at numerous music camps across the country while simultaneously cultivating and maintaining a prodigiously successful private teaching practice since the late 1980's.


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