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“Upstate Rubdown showed their Appalachian soul as Mary Kenney, Melanie Glenn and Kate Scarlett’s melodic voices took over. Accompanied by the guitar, upright bass, percussion and saxophone, the crowd went wild, kicking up dust into the air, adding that “get down” feeling Otis strives for.” — The Vermont Cynic, Sept. 2015
Pulling from the greatest corners of American music, this group has the power to get feet moving with or without amplification. Like fresh-farmed vegetables, their music is as organic as it is good for you. From foot-stomping bass, highlighted by the slap of a cajon, to the familiar strums of the mandolin and guitar over a wailing saxophone – there’s so much going on instrumentally that when the harmonious lead vocalists chime in, the result is nothing short of a homegrown hurricane of sound.
Hailing from across the state of New York, the lineup varies from show to show, but is almost always headlined by the unmistakable harmonic trio of Mary Kenney, Kate Scarlett, and Melanie Glenn.