Step back in time this summer with East Coast quartet Roosevelt Dime, that celebrates music of a bygone era with a toe-tapping fusion of acoustic Americana, folk, rock and rhythm and blues.
Former college buddies Eben Pariser (electric guitar, harmonica, lead vocals) and Andrew Green (five string banjo, backup vocals), plus Tony Montalbano (drums, backup vocals) and Craig Akin (upright bass), once spent an entire summer busking on the streets of NYC, where crowds of commuters stopped to dance and clap to the group’s lively, joyous mix of jug band and Dixieland-style tunes. In recent years, the band—which is named after a coin minted in 1946—has begun exploring new sounds and textures, leaping from country to soul to rhythm and blues. Whatever the label, Roosevelt Dime consistently culls the sounds of its predecessors to amplify and celebrate the rich diversity of American music.
Roosevelt Dime’s junior effort, Full Head of Steam (2014), reached No. 6 on the national folk music charts. After delighting concertgoers last fall at the 2015 Levitt AMP Charlottesville Music Series, the band returned to the studio to record Red Shoes, which was released in April 2016.