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The seeds of Dirty Blanket were planted in 2013 at the meeting of guitarist Max Flansburg and singer/songwriter Kevin O’Leary. Combining an array of influence with a passion for creating original music, the two began playing as an acoustic duo, utilizing what free time their other musical projects allowed to share their latest material with audiences across Upstate NY. By the summer of 2016, their vision for the project had come into focus. Their writing took a sharp turn toward the fast-paced styles of America’s bluegrass greats. Regional musicians Richie Colf, Joel Fedkiw and Aaron Oldweiler were added to the roster on the mandolin, banjo, and upright bass, rounding out the band lineup as a 5-piece string quintet. Dirty Blanket have been touring the American Northeast, makin names for themselves on the festival circuits and in cities like New York, DC, Baltimore, Burlington, and beyond. To date, they’ve played events with some of the highest profile names in bluegrass: The Del McCoury Band, The Infamous String Dusters, Jeff Austin Band, Kitchen Dwellers and more.