Music On Maxwell Ends Season on High Note
March 15, 2012
Greenwood, SC - The Music on Maxwell Spring 2012 concert series comes to a close tonight with The Greencards and opening act, The Honeycutters. The final show of the season starts at 7:30 p.m. at Sundance Gallery at 146 Maxwell Avenue in Uptown Greenwood.
He has won the National Fiddle Contest seventh times in his respective age categories. His seventh win came in the grand champion division at 16.
The Greencards formed in 2003 in Austin, Texas, when Australians Kym Warner and Carol Young teamed up with Englishman Eamon McLoughlin. The group now calls Nashville home and have gone through minimal changes since then. McLoughlin left the group in 2009.
Besides Warner and Young, The Greencards also feature Carl Mine and Luke Bulla. Miner, who is from Oregon, plays acoustic guitar and was the 1999 National Flatpicking Championship at the Walnut Valley Festival. Bulla, a fiddle player, took up the fiddle at 7.
Kym Warner, left and Carol Young
The progressive bluegrass band has had its music called everything from Americana to folk and new-grass. While the sound is American, the Greencards' tunes are influenced by Latin, Irish, gypsy, and rock n' roll.
The Greencards have a rich musical history that dates back beyond when the trio of green card toting musicians met in Texas.
Warner was an aspiring bluegrass musician in his native Australia. His father, Trev Warner, was a musician who was a pioneer of bluegrass music in Australia. Warner was a four-time winner of the Australian National Bluegrass Mandolin Championship.
In 2000, Young was the Australian Independent Country Artist of the Year and had two No. 1 Australian-charted country music singles. Young was previously nominated as Best Female Vocalist by the Country Music Association of Australia and won the Australian independent country artist of the year in 2000.
The Greencards' latest release is "The Brick Album" in 2011.
The CD features Vince Gill and Sam Bush and was produced by Justin Niebank, a Nashville veteran who has worked with Gill, Marty Stuart and Keith Urban.
"The Brick Album" is the fifth released by the group. Gill can be heard on "Heart Fixer," and Bush sings on "Make It Out West."
The Greencards have had their share of success, with songs on the Billboard bluegrass charts and two Grammy Award nominated songs. In December 2007, it was announced their song "Mucky The Duck" from "Viridan" was nominated for the Best Country Instrumental Performance. That was followed in 2009 with a nomination for Best Country Instrumental Performance for "The Crystal Merchant" off of "Fascination."
The Greencards have toured with Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, and Robert Earl Keen and have performed at Merlefest, Austin City Limits Festival, Strawberry Park Bluegrass Festival in Preston, Conn., and Lollapolooza.