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October 19, 2012

Regional brews at Greencards concert

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The Daily Star

---- — The Greencards, known for their high-energy Americana music, will play at the Earlville Opera House at 8 p.m. Saturday. 

The band was named Best New Band at the Austin Music Awards and won New/Emerging Artist Of The Year at the Americana Music Awards in 2006. They also spent the summer of 2005 opening for Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson. Their performance is sponsored by Good Nature Brewing, who will host a brew tasting before the concert, starting at  7 p.m.

The Greencards’ releases have topped the Billboard Bluegrass charts, and they were nominated for Grammy Awards in the “Best Country Instrumental” category in 2008 (for “Viridian”) and 2010 (for “Fascination”). They have been invited to perform at “newgrass” festival Merlefest, as well as at Lollapolooza and the Austin City Limits Festival.

Carol Young and Kym Warner started the group in their native Australia. Raised in New South Wales, Young was nominated for Best Female Vocalist and Best New Talent by the Country Music Association of Australia. Young also enjoyed two No. 1 Australian singles in 2000 (“True Blue Fool” and “Part of the Past”), which landed her the Australian Independent Country Artist of the Year award.

Warner, from South Australia, was a four-time national mandolin champion of Australia (1994-1997). His “Mando on the Mainland” was nominated for Instrumental of the Year by the CMAA in 1999. He earned a scholarship to the acclaimed bluegrass program at South Plains College in Levelland, Texas.

The band has expanded to include Tyler Andal, a 22-year old fiddle player from White House, Tenn., and Carl Miner, originally from Oregon, playing acoustic guitar. Miner won the 1999 National Flatpicking Championship at the Walnut Valley Festival. The tour will also feature Brittany Haas, the fiddler from Crooked Still. 

According to a media release, “The Greencards’ sound defies category, balancing taste and technique, engaging lyrics and melodies and wildly creative arrangements.” Rosanne Cash wrote of the band’s 2009 release, “Fascination,” “The Greencards are a little island of truth and beauty in a sea of artifice and mediocrity. What a fine group, and what a great collection of songs.”

Tickets are $20 for the general public, $18 for EOH members and $15 for students.  For more information, or to reserve seats, call (315) 691-3550 or visit www.earlvilleoperahouse.com

From 7 to 8 p.m., Good Nature Brewing of Hamilton will offer small samples of their flagship brews. Those who attend will receive a voucher redeemable for a visit to the brewery’s tasting room.