“Early Roman Kings: The Music of Bob Dylan” features music from over half a century of insanely creative music – from the very beginning to the present, with a whole lot in between. As Jimmy Carter said at the 2015 Music Cares Grammy event, where Dylan received the Person of the Year Award: “There’s no doubt his words on peace and human rights are much more incisive and much more powerful and much more permanent than those of any President of the United States”. That side of his mercurial career and many others will be mined for hidden gems as well as the mother lode hits. Early Roman Kings are: Tony Trischka/banjo, pedal steel; Stash Wyslouch/guitar, vocals; Sean Trischka/drums, vocals; Jared Engel/bass.
Tony Trischka is considered to be one of the most influential banjo players in the roots music world. A 2012 United States Artists Friends Fellow, Trischka has, for more than 45 years, inspired generations of bluegrass and acoustic musicians with the many innovative and historical voices he has brought to the instrument.
Boston-based Stash Wyslouch is one of bluegrass’ great young genre-bending pioneers. He got his start as a guitarist in metal bands before immersing himself in the structures of roots music as a member of progressive bluegrass act, The Deadly Gentlemen. Now paving his own way as a solo artist with a new group, Bluegrass and Metal collide to form an original, honest and thoughtful sound. His debut album, “Stash!” (2015), features 19 original songs and a stellar band including Sean Trischka on Drums and Vocals, Duncan Wickel on Fiddle and Noam Wiesenberg on Bass.
“Drummist” and singer-songwriter Sean Trischka, a 2015 Berklee College of Music graduate, was raised in a musically-rich household. To quote his website:
My name is Sean Trischka. I write songs, sing, play the drums, and wear pants. I'm currently living in Boston, MA (hometown of Whitey Bulger and birthplace of New Kids On The Block).
Jared Engel is an upright bassist and four-string banjoist who is in high demand in the New York Metropolitan area. His involvement in a wide array of musical groups is astonishing, as he is equally at home in all of them: Bluegrass, Appalachian Old Time and so much jazz: New Orleans style, traditional, hot jazz, swing, you name it. He performs intimate venues and at large, world-renowned music festivals. Where there’s great music, there’s Jared Engel. Like the other Early Roman Kings, he’s performed with each of them, but never all together as a group – he’s stoked to be doing it now to the tunes of Bob Dylan.