Live Music :: Dan & Christy Foster
Christy and Dan play old-time, country, bluegrass and hillbilly music for those music lovers who enjoy old sentimental songs, new sentimental songs, snappy rags, crooked breakdowns, or hard-driving, claw-hammered dance-tunes.
Christy Palumbo Foster, vocals, finger-style guitar and banjulele (banjo-ukulele):
Originally from St. Louis, MO, long time Austin guitarist/vocalist has been performing since participating in an open mic at an Austin Friends of Traditional Music meeting at the Split Rail, in 1976.. Vocal influences range from 1920s jazz stylings, to hot swing of Fats Waller, Ella Fitzgerald, and full circle back to the old songs of Appalachia and early country and bluegrass. She also is pleased and honored to include the original songs of local songwriters, John Clay and Dan Foster in the Plowboys repertoire. Christy has performed Dixieland, big band and in her own jazz quintet (Jazz Me Blues in the late70s), and in an all women old-time band (The Decibelles, 1990s). Christy Palumbo Foster and Dan Foster appear on Rounder Records compilation, the American Fogies, Vol. 1 : Various Artists (CD, 1996). Christy also performs regularly with the Austin Balkan Singers and the Austin Banjo Club.
Dan Foster, fiddle, banjo, mandolin and vocals:
Dan has been around the Austin music scene since the mid-70s. A native Texan with roots in North Carolina, he has been fascinated with traditional music since the age of 14 when he first saw the great Texas bluesman, Mance Lipscomb. Playing the fiddle, mandolin, banjo, and guitar, Dan is known for seeking out the unique and unusual from the hidden treasury of American music and delivering both instrumental and vocal renditions true to style. From the Kentucky long-bow of Buddy Thomas and J.P. Fraley to the rollicking Georgia fiddle tunes of Gid Tanner and the Skillet Lickers, Dan’s love of southern fiddling is genuine. But novelty rags on the mandolin and new-made songs for claw-hammer banjo are also in store, along with sentimental southern harmonies when he joins Christy to sing their favorites from long ago. You should come and listen while they sing old songs new to the ear and new songs old beyond their years.
Check out Christy's band, Christy and the Plowboys: