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DCW’s Weekend Opening Act 4-7-2017

This week's Opening Act features Only Lonesome a lonesome bluegrass band based in the Washington, DC area playing at Mr. Henry's in SE.

The band is built around the huge vocal trio harmonies of Neel Brown (guitar), Stefan Custodi (bass), and John Seebach (mandolin), with Sam Guthridge (banjo) and Tom Lyons (fiddle) rounding out the classic bluegrass quintet lineup.

The group was a 2013, 2014, and 2015 nominee for the “Best Bluegrass Group” award from the Washington Area Music Association.

Neel sings and plays guitar and bass for Only Lonesome and has been a fixture in the DC bluegrass scene for over a decade. Neel is a coordinator for the Augusta Heritage Center Bluegrass Week.

Stefan is one of the finest bass players you will ever hear. He’s a songwriter and also picks a mean guitar and sings with Only Lonesome.

Stefan has recorded and performed with some bluegrass greats. He was a long-time member of Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen. Stefan has recorded and performed with Frank Wakefield, Dudley Connell, Big Chimney, Becky Warren & The Great Unknowns, Town Mountain, Nate Leath, and Tim & Savannah Finch with The Eastman String Band.

John sings and plays mandolin and guitar with Only Lonesome. He also performs with Rickie Simpkins Quartet and the award-winning band Big Chimney. He is a staff musician at the Augusta Heritage Center Bluegrass Week.

Banjo player Sam Guthridge brings a driving and expressive three-finger banjo approach to the band. He got his start playing out in the mid-Atlantic region as a founding member, singer, banjo player, and songwriter for Chester River Runoff, and has worked with many other well known roots and bluegrass music bands and songwriters across the country. He has also toured the world as a US Embassy sponsored cultural ambassador, and is gearing up for his third trip to South America with Quito, Ecuador based band Texas Express. The album Square Peg Rounders – “Galax, NYC”, an old-time trio record with Sam on banjo, was rated as one of the top 10 roots albums of 2013 by Magnet music magazine.

Tom is Only Lonesome’s powerhouse fiddle player. He also performs with Blue Train and Dee Gunter and the Dukes of Bluegrass.