Tom Keener – Guest Contributor
Jun 9 2017
Lone Star String Band



Central Standard Time



Allen Public Library
300 N. Allen Dr.
Allen, Texas 75013

With fiddle, guitar, banjo and outstanding Texas-style mountain singing, The Lone Star String Band will perform old-time music at 7:30 pm Friday, June 23, at the Allen Public Library.

First recorded in the 1920s by record companies who did not have a name for the genre, old-time music was sometimes labeled "hillbilly" music. Its rich, varied sounds and lyrics were popular with the common folks.  Once performed on porches on Saturday nights and at dances throughout America, old fiddle tunes and songs from the late 19th century and early 20th century will now resonant in the library’s auditorium.  

Old-time music is often confused with bluegrass, which came along in the 1940s and was made famous by Bill Monroe.  The music the Lone Star String Band plays has deeper roots.  

On fiddle, Earnie "Pappy" Taft has been playing the "devil's box” for many years. Also a member of the Irish Rogues, he frequently plays at The Celt and Trinity Hall.

Dean Barber, aka "Ol' DB", plays clawhammer banjo “because he does not know any better.” Often found wandering roads near his home in Farmers Branch, DB will pick up the guitar, too, when the rest of the band is not paying attention.

A crooner par excellence, Travis "T. Ravis" Brink is described as “a cross between Vic Damone and Lefty Frizzell.”  Travis also plays banjo and fiddle.

The library is located at 300 N. Allen Dr.  Sponsored by the Allen Public Library, the concert is free.  Call 214-509-4911 for more information