The Boston area’s prime bluegrass event, The Joe Val Bluegrass Festival, is coming up in a few weeks and a lot of folks in the northeast are making preparations to attend. We’ll have a correspondent/photographer there for the first time this year (Tara Linhardt), who will capture some of the flavor of the event for those who can’t be there in person.
One group making their debut at Joe Val this year is Cold Chocolate, who are scheduled to perform on the showcase stage on Saturday afternoon (2/16). Making up the band are Ethan Robbins on guitar and lead vocals, Kirsten Lamb on bass, James McIver on banjo, and Ariel Bernstein on percussion.
Their sound, perhaps typical of the exploding acoustic scene in Boston, lies somewhere between folk and bluegrass, hoping to offer something to fans across the spectrum.
A debut album, This Old Way, hit in May 2012, and Ethan just sent along a video for one of the songs, Tell Tale Heart.