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OL:
We'd like to Welcome the Founder & BandLeader of The Ebony Hillbillies, Henrique Prince, to the  OL Oceanliner Notes Weekly feature as our Special Guest Artist for Part 1 of 7 of this week's Interview. We will be interviewing each of the members of The Ebony Hillbillies this week.  Harlem, New York's and Jamaica's Henrique Prince, the self-taught famed Violinist...founded The Ebony Hillbillies, with a unique group of celebrated Musicians, including Bill Salter, Gloria Thomas Gassaway, Newman Taylor, Norris Bennett...  This wonderous New York City Only Black String Band, has performed all over...from Lincoln Center to the one and only Carnegie Hall, NYC... and numerous National Television appearances, including "Good Morning America."  The bluegrass sound that embodies the best in American Music and its rich history... We would like to welcome Henrique Prince, and the entire Group Members of The Ebony Hillbillies. Welcome to the OL Oceanliner Notes Weekly feature as our Special Guest Artists!

OL:
Welcome Henrique, to the OL Oceanliner Notes Weekly feature as our Special Guest Artist!

Henrique Prince
:
Thank you so much for your interest,
and beautiful efforts towards
The Ebony Hillbillies
.

OL:
Henrique Prince...
born in Harlem in New York City...
 Henrique
is a self taught Violinist.
He taught himself classical as well as folk styles and later studied with
Charles Meacham
in Northern California.
He has played with such diverse musical groups as
The Sun Ra Arkestra,
The Saturday Night Live Band

& many others...

OL:
Henrique Prince has also toured Europe and has appeared on television programs from New York to San Francisco, and has taught in many public and private schools
in New York.

OL:
Henrique started The Ebony Hillbillies in order to play old time string band music much like it was in the days when it lived among the people. They have toured and played in many festivals and concert halls nationally and in Canada.

OL:
For our OL Viewers, we decided to ask
Mr. Prince
to indulge us with his wonderful story about The Ebony Hillbillies, its origin and musical and cultural purpose... for the entire moment of this Interview segment 1. It's all yours Henrique....

Henrique Prince:
We are essentially an "Old time,"
String Band.
That is to say that the collection of instruments that comprise the ensemble,  are elements of an older orchestration in American music. 
The washboard player greatly pre-dates the use of traps or a so called drum kit. 
The Banjo and violin combination harkens back to the oldest of all musical ensembles in African-American or indeed any
American music.

Henrique Prince:
Beyond this, some of the very subject matter and themes of the music are ancient in terms of African-American folklore. 
The Pateroller's,
for example were what the night riding slave patroller's were called by African's in the New world, in the days of plantation slavery.  Education was such that Black people could not yet "Roll their r's," hence the unusual and tribal pronunciation Patter roller's.

Henrique Prince
:
Because of the predominance of
Irish Americans
who took, or were forced to take these jobs as patrollers, and because of the excess exuberance and relish that many of them exhibited in the execution of their duties,  The "Cluck Ol' Hen, is another early example of what is now called old time music.  The "frailing" style of Banjo used here, is deeply and very directly connected to the "Claw-hammer," style of playing that comes from African Lute playing.

OL:
Thank you very much Henrique, for sharing with us, that excellent capsule of music history, which is an integral part of the American Music Culture. Thank You for coming on as our Special Guest Artist for today. Is there any music commentary you'd like to share with the viewers, in concluding this OL Interview 1 of 7 segment?

Henrique Prince
:
I would be happy to do whatever I can to further a better understanding of the roots and the goals of our little musical expedition. Rique (Re-kay), The Ebony Hillbillies.

OL:
Thank you very much, Henrique! It's a pleasure to spend this week with You and your treasured Band Members of The Ebony Hillbillies.We look forward tomorrow in Part 2 of this 7 part Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series, inviting  Bassist & Grammy Winning Songwriter William [Bill] Salter.

Respectively The Ebony Hillbillies' Henrique Prince, Founder & BandLeader, will be back on OL later in the week, and we will also be interviewing the other Group Members of The Ebony Hillbillies on the following OL Segments of this week's Interview.

OL:
Thank you very much Henrique, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist! We'll see you all tomorrow! And thank you all for visiting OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly!


OL:
We'd like to Welcome Bassist & Grammy Winning Songwriter William [Bill] Salter, having co-written such hits as,
"Where Is The Love,"
"Just The Two Of Us"
...this celebrated Bassist of so much more... And now performing with New York City's famed Ebony Hillbillies abroad
& throughout the country.

OL:
Bill, welcome to the OL Oceanliner Notes Weekly feature, part 2...
 
as our Special Guest Artist!

Bill Salter
:
This is Bill Salter of The Ebony Hillbillies, thanking Oceanlight Records for this opportunity.

OL:
Bill, your Solo Career goes back to the days of the great Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway pop hit "Where Is The Love,"
that You co-wrote with
Songwriting partner, Ralph MacDonald.
What a great song and classic recording.
Can You take us back to that
magical moment when
You
and Ralph penned this pop classic?

Bill Salter
:
Having recently joined Harry Belafonte as bassist, Ralph and I had just finished writing songs for Harry's album,
"Don't Stop The Carnival." Mr. MacDonald
came to me with several song titles.
I composed a concept and melody,
and Ralph and I created the story together.

OL:
What was it like to first hear
Roberta Flack
and Donny Hathaway
sing Yours and Ralph's song,
and tell us about the recording session?

Bill Salter
:
In 1969, we officially established
Antisia Music Publishing Co.,
Ralph
was on a
recording date with Roberta and Donny. They needed some more material.
"Where Is The Love"
was one of the songs they selected. (Oh Happy Day).

OL:
Working with Percussionist great
 Ralph MacDonald on many projects, including co-writing the hit song,
"Just The Two Of Us,"
recorded by
Singer Bill Withers,
must be a really
special moment in your Career, Bill.
How did You and Ralph first come to
work together?

Bill Salter
:
Again, Ralph came with a title. Actually at that time, BWIA Airlines was using that phrase representing Trinidad & Tobago. Again Ralph and I came together working with Mr. Belafonte.

OL:
Also, as the consummate and extraordinary Bassist that You've always been, on many recordings over the years... for major record labels such as RCA, Atlantic Records & Capital Records, to name a few...
and recording with superstars like
Bette Midler, Harry Belafonte
and the list goes on... Bill can You highlight for the
OL Viewers,
some of your favorite recording sessions throughout your Career?

Bill Salter
:
Recording and performing with
Singer Miriam Makeba
from South Africa,
was the most exciting Period in my Life.
My travels through Africa and Europe were so inspiring, I`m sure this had a profound effect on my development as a songwriter.
My composition of "When I`ve Passed On," Recorded by Ms. Makeba, was performed at a Christmas by special request in 1995.

OL:
Bill... You won a Grammy in 1981 for
Bill Withers'
recording of
"Just The Two Of Us,"

having co-written with
Percussionist Ralph MacDonald &
Singer Bill Withers.
If You will please set the stage for us that day in the studio, when all three of You were creating this song?

Bill Salter
:
Actually "Just The Two Of Us" was already complete, but when Bill Withers decided to make it his own, He got no argument from us.

OL:
So now Bill, You've arrived at another chapter in Your Career Travels, with
The Ebony Hillbillies
. How did You come to work with Founder 'Henrique' Prince,
in this very unique NYC Based one-of-a-kind Musical String Group, consisting of fiddle, banjo, washboard and bass fiddle instruments... crossing over to audiences in pop, country, bluegrass, folk, jazz
and beyond?

Bill Salter
:
I met Rique while looking for a washtub bass. When my attempts to return it failed,
I began to realize I was being drawn into this Ebony Hillbillies experience, as I listened to and heard about
(the lies my Teacher told me).

OL:
We have to say Bill... You must be having a blast as an Ebony Hillbillies Bassist member?

Bill Salter
:
I fully accept my calling to this group.
I am proud to be part of a situation that enlightens people about their true history, and  how our music has developed since the first slave ships arrived in America.

OL
:
Thank you very much Bill, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist. Is there any music commentary you'd like to share with the viewers, in concluding this OL Interview
2 of 7 segment?

Bill Salter
:
Since music is the greatest communicater
in the world, as a composer,
the message is in my songs!

OL:
We look forward tomorrow in Part 3 of this 7 part Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series, inviting the very talented lady of the group
Singer Gloria Thomas Gassaway
on the next segment!
Respectively The Ebony Hillbillies'
 Henrique Prince, Founder
& BandLeader,
will be back on OL later in the week and we will also the other groups Members of
The Ebony Hillhenriqueies
on the following
OL
Segments of this week's Interview

OL:
Thank you very much Bill, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist! We'll see you tomorrow! And thank you all for visiting
OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly!


OL:
We'd like to Welcome the very talented Gloria Thomas Gassaway, the show-stopping Singer of The Ebony Hillbillies. Welcome to the OL Oceanliner Notes Weekly feature as our Special Guest Artist for Part 3 of 7 of this week's Interview, Gloria!

Gloria Gassaway:
Thank You so much for having me.

OL:
Gloria, The Ebony Hillbillies just had a great weekend of shows just last week in the
New York City
area. From what we know,
You really put on quite a performance while on stage, just working the Audiences wherever You perform. What's the inside joy to your magic that comes out on stage and touches everyone?

Gloria Gassaway:
My Father said to me, "If your bringing your spirit and love on stage,
You will touch your Audience."

OL:
So You're a Brooklyn Native and went to the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music?

Gloria Gassaway:
Yes I did.

OL:
When did You first join The Ebony Hillbillies?

Gloria Gassaway:
I have been an Ebony Hillbillies Member from the very beginning. I have been wearing many hats in this band for many years.

OL:
So we understand that You've been blessed to come from a Musical Family, who hail from Columbia, South Carolina. If You will please tell us Gloria, about growing up in a house full of music?

Gloria Gassaway:
Oh Yeah... I grew up in a house with Nineteen siblings and my Mom and Dad played music. Mr. Thomas had his own singing group called the Thomas Singers; by the way, there were two groups of the Thomas Singers.
The other group had Seventeen singers  and they were my cousins...
Oh Yeah It was a party!

OL:
What's it like to perform with all of these great Musicians in The Ebony Hillbillies Group on stage?

Gloria Gassaway:
It's wonderful! It's like church!

OL:
What are some of your favorite songs to perform on the music set of
The Ebony Hillbillies
' Shows?

Gloria Gassaway:
BIG FAT DADDY just give me the Blues!

OL:
As a Singer,
who are some of your musical influences?

Gloria Gassaway:
I don't think you have enough time for me to tell you all the people that have influenced me. I grew up with Negro Spirituals, Jazz, blues, Old time,  R&B, and Latin Music.

Gloria Gassaway:
If I have to name a few...
Gloria Lynn, James Brown, Barry Harris, Curtis Mayfield,
Tina Turner, Tito Puente, Ella Fitzgerald,  Howling Wolf, Bessie Smith,
Algia Mae Hinton,
Memphis Minnie,
and all of Motown.

OL:
So what's upcoming for
Gloria Thomas Gassaway,
on your Performance Calendar?

Gloria Gassaway:
Looking forward to working with some of the Blues cats that are around.
 San Francisco, Washington DC.,
 
and Virginia

OL:
Thank you Gloria. We look forward tomorrow in Part 4 of this 7 part Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series, as Group Member Percussionist Newman Taylor Baker of
"The Ebony Hillbillies," comes on board!

OL:
Thank you very much to
Singer Gloria Thomas Gassaway,

for coming on as one of our
Special Guest Artist members of
The Ebony Hillbillies
. We'll see you tomorrow! And thank you all for visiting
OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly!



OL:
We'd like to Welcome Washboard Player and celebrated Percussionist, Newman Taylor Baker,  of The Ebony Hillbillies. Welcome to the OL Oceanliner Notes Weekly feature as our Special Guest Artist for Part 4 of 7 of this week's Interview, Newman!

Newman Taylor Baker:
Thank you very much for inviting me.

OL:
The Washboard Instrument is so unique and intriguing. Can You tell us Newman, about the history of this instrument  and the key role that it plays in blues and bluegrass music?

Newman Taylor Baker:
The washboard is another example of the ingenuity of the African people, who survived the Middle Passage. It was a tool 
 
used to wash their master's and their own clothes. After incidents like the revolt of slaves in Stono, S.C.,

Newman Taylor Baker:
where a slave used a snare drum to communicate to slaves on his and surrounding plantations, resulting in a revolt and slaves escaping as far south as the
Florida Everglades.
Many whites were killed during that escape. So, drums were not allowed in a slave's possession. The slaves turned to other objects for percussion such as spoons, bones, pots & pans,
 and the washboard.

OL:
Newman, in addition to
The Ebony Hillbillies,
You've performed with quite an impressive line of Jazz Superstars, including Pianist, McCoy Tyner, Saxophonist great Joe Henderson, and another Pianist great Ahmad Jamal, to name a few.
How does your playing approach differ when working in both the Jazz and Blues worlds?

Newman Taylor Baker:
Playing the washboard has been a magical and mystical experience. I had not played the washboard until I substituted for my friend, Dave Gibson, at the Times Square location. It happened that I had a washboard that
I received from
Evelyn Blakey,

the oldest daughter of the great
Drummer Art Blakey,

the leader of Art Blakey and the
Jazz Messengers.
I found the washboard as
I was helping clean and empty her apartment after she passed.

Newman Taylor Baker:
I showed up with Evelyn's washboard and a stand to clamp the washboard on. The clamp didn't work and I ended up having to play it in my lap. I used expended 12 gauge shotgun shells, given me by Dave, on my fingers following the U. S. African tradition in most of the South... With the band. I had no rehearsal, didn't know the tunes, but played anyway. Suddenly, I started creating sounds that I had never made before.
The Ancestors were coming through me,
and I just watched my hands do things they had never done before. Everyone really liked what I was doing and said they've never heard washboard played that way. I found that if I got out of the way and trusted,
the music happened. It was very different from the drum set, where I had spent years of practicing, training my hands and mind.
On the drum set, I played what I practiced.

Newman Taylor Baker:
On the washboard I just played what was revealed to me. Now after six months I become familiar with what my hands
are doing, but I still get out of the way
and trust. It has taught me a new approach
to the drum set.

OL:
You're a Native of Petersburg, Virginia. When did You first come to New York
as a Performer?

Newman Taylor Baker:
My first gigs in New York came around 1978 when I appeared at Sweet Basil with
The Monnette Sudler Quartet,
and with Charlie Rouse and Cinnamon Flower in several venues including
The Newport Jazz  Festival
in New York
 
and The Kool Jazz Festival.
 
I was living in Philadelphia
and made the 2 hr. commute frequently.

OL:
Over the years, You've also expanded your talents to Teaching as well, Newman... thereby receiving several awards, including the "America's Teacher Award." Congratulations. How does it feel to be able to give back, to the up and coming young Musician Students?

Newman Taylor Baker:
I grew up on the campus of
Virginia State College
and received my first drum at 2 yrs. old. Learning about music & playing drums from
Dr. Undine Smith Moore,
R. F. Nathaniel Gatlin,
Dr. Thomas C. Bridge
of the music Faculty, and from every drummer or performing artist on campus. My Parents were on the Faculty, and highly regarded as talented Teachers.
I feel that I carry on that tradition by sharing my experience teaching others.

Newman Taylor Baker:
My teaching includes kindergarten to graduate school; professionals to beginners; public & private schools, general community members who think they have no musical talent. I particularly enjoy seeing people discover abilities that they didn't know they had. I teach in women's prisons as a member of The Avodah Dance Ensemble, where I play percussion and am composer in residence.
 I also work with Mickey D & Friends.

OL:
What's it like to perform with all of these great Musicians in The Ebony Hillbillies Group on stage?

Newman Taylor Baker:
It is great fun and very fulfilling. It is amazing to see how people from all cultures respond with smiles and joy to the music we play.
It makes no difference where they come from, their age, economic or social background. It is a great privilege to be a vehicle for joy, love, inspiration, and dance.
I believe that I am fulfilling my purpose for being here when I play this music.

OL:
What are some of your favorite songs to perform on the music set of
The Ebony Hillbillies
' Shows?

Newman Taylor Baker:
After six months I still don't know the names of most of the songs we play. But one I remember is "Broke Legged Chicken." I also like the songs Gloria sings like,
 "Big Fat Mama."


OL:
As a Musician,
who are some of your musical influences?

Newman Taylor Baker:
I have been influenced by almost every musician I have heard. I find that I can learn what to do, or what not to do from any musician. If you want some names, in addition to those named previously, there is: Dave Hoggard... when he was a student at Virginia. State U, John Baker
and Joe Bonner playing together in Richmond, VA.
Sam Rivers, Billy Harper, Billy Hart,
Billy Bang, Leroy Jenkins,
Henry Threadgill, Saul Goodman,
Tony Williams, Max Roach, Louis Hayes, Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner,
Ahmad Jamal, Joe Henderson, Al Dailey, Joe Ford, Kamau Adelifu,
 Reggie Workman, Segovia,
 Aaron Copeland, Keith Copeland,
John Vanore, Johnny Lynch,
Cullen Knight,
and on and on and on. It's not really fair for me to mention names because there so many. Much more than I have time or space to name.

OL:
Newman, at this point in your Career, working with all of these wonderful Musicians, including The Ebony Hillbillies,
do You feel that You've come full circle,
or are there other projects that You'd like to add to your already impressive bio?

Newman Taylor Baker:
There is still a lot more to be done. 
Sept. 28th, the release of my debut CD "Drum-Suite-Life." It is my solo drum set project "Singin' Drums," which honors the drum set as the drum of U.S. African culture. The suite contains pieces inspired by Negro Spirituals, blues, New Orleans second line, jazz, classical, avant garde, and hand drums. I am developing a multi-media presentation to tell the story of the drum set as it represents the power, love, creativity, and intelligence of U.S. African culture.  

OL:
Thank you very much to Percussionist NewmanTaylor Baker, for coming on as one of our Special Guest Artist member of
The Ebony Hillbillies
. Newman, is there any music commentary you'd like to share with the OL viewers, as we conclude this Interview 4 of 7 segment?

Newman Taylor Baker:
It was a pleasure and I thank you for the opportunity to share my thoughts and feelings about The Ebony Hillbillies, my music,
and my culture.

OL:
We look forward tomorrow in Part 5 of this 7 part Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series,
We'll see you tomorrow! And thank you all for visiting OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly!

OL:
 We'd like to Welcome Banjo and Guitar Vocalist Norris Bennett,  of
The Ebony Hillbillies
. Welcome to the
OL Oceanliner Notes Weekly feature
as our Special Guest Artist for Part 5 of 7 of this week's Interview, Norris!

Norris Bennett: Hi!

OL:
Norris You were born in Ocala, Florida, but was raised in the northern snows of Buffalo, New York. What kind of music were You surrounded by as a youngster?

Norris Bennett:
Blues, Country, Western and Hillbilly music.

OL:
As a Solo world-traveled Musician, performing throughout the Netherlands, Belgium,
The Middle East,
which would be your principle instrument to perform with, since You are so well-versed in the Banjo and Guitar instruments?  

Norris Bennett:
Banjo and Guitar were the main instruments, but I also performed on Mountain Dulcimer  and Autoharp.

OL:
Norris, Your many accolades received as a Dulcimer Player and Teacher, worldwide... for those who'd like to know more about being a Dulcimer Player, can You tell our
OL
Viewers more about that?

Norris Bennett:
There are two principle styles on Mountain Dulcimer.  One style is primarily a rhythmic style used for vocal accompaniment, the other is a note selecting melodic style. 
I learned to specialize in the former, but could play the more melodic style when necessary.

OL:
What was it like to record the
"Freedom" Album
for Bear Records,
a record label in Germany?

Norris Bennett:
It was a lot of fun. We recorded most of it in a farm house in Bremen, Germany.  We did it without individual tracks; all of the Musicians together, until we got what we wanted.

OL:
What's it like to perform with all of these great Musicians in
The Ebony Hillbillies
Group on stage?

Norris Bennett:
Now, that is really a lot of fun, and a learning experience.

OL:
What are some of your favorite songs to perform on the music set of
The Ebony Hillbillies
' Shows?

Norris Bennett:
I like both "Ways of the World," an American folk instrumental with obvious Celtic or Scottish roots, and "Altamont," another American tune rooted more firmly in actual American music.  Those are both instrumentals, on the vocal side I like "Shenandoah," and "June Apple,"
even "Hard Times."

OL:
 As a Musician, who are some of your
musical influences?

Norris Bennett:
I like the Banjo playing and singing of
Roscoe Holcombe
and Clarence Ashley,
and on the Blues side Mississippi John Hurt,
and Fred McDowell.

OL:
Norris, out of all of the wonderful places You've performed; what to date, has been your favorite location?

Norris Bennett:
I haven't been "THERE," yet.

OL:
 Thank you Norris. We look forward tomorrow in Part 6 of this 7 part Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series, as a variety of questions for the entire Group, we'll jump around from member to member of
The Ebony Hillbillies!

Thank you very much Norris, for coming on as one of our Special Guest Artist member of The Ebony Hillbillies. Norris, is there any music commentary you'd like to share with the OL viewers, as we conclude this Interview 5 of 7 segment?

Norris Bennett:
"Ya'll come and see us."

OL:
 Thank you, Norris, you were great.
We'll see you tomorrow!
 And thank you all for visiting
OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly!


OL:
Welcome Back, to Bassist and Grammy-Winning Songwriter Bill Salter, a member of The Ebony Hillbillies. It's nice to have You on again, this being Part 6 of our 7 day Interview for OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series. As we have come to your closing Liner Notes of this Interview feature, OL would first like to thank You, Bill, for sharing your time with the OL Viewers, and for help bringing us All such wonderful music and friends in your magical Career. Yes, You truly are Mr. Magic!
 
Bill Salter
:
Well thank you, and let me say thank you to you and the show. This has been a real pleasurable experience.

OL:
As we're sure that our OL Viewers will be following more or your musical steps, Bill... For this Interview, if you will, please give us your closing liner note thoughts on anything that You'd like to say from your, and your closing music commentary quote? Thank you.
 
Bill Salter
:
I plan to sing and play my guitar, featuring some of my lesser known compositions. Hopefully I will be able to find the venues for my act. As for the EHB`s, wherever they go,
I go and vice versa. The blues is forever, and music in general to me is still the medium for communication. Singing and dancing never hurt (nobody).

OL:
It is with these Grammy-Winning Songs, that we find to be much more than that, as great as awards are and have their historic purpose..., the music that
Artist William Salter
has brought to the world, & also on longstanding Songwriting Partnership with Songwriting Partner Percussionist great, Ralph MacDonald & other noted Artists & featuring Bill's works on... well let us indulge in just a few where Bill's magic is found on the albums of ... Tony Bennett, Jimmy Buffett,
Sadao Watanabe, Gato Barbieri,
Helen Reddy, Rod Stewart,
Freddie Hubbard, Miriam Makeba,
Letta Mbulu, Patti Austin,
Johnny Mathis...
it's just endless folks...
& may it always be that way. Thanks for the music Bill & your contribution as a member of
The Ebony Hillbillies
... OL.

OL:
 Welcome Back!  We're at Part 7, the conclusion of this Interview for OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series... 
OL
would first like to thank You, Henrique, for sharing the music & cultural history of The Ebony Hillbilies with the OL Viewers, and for letting us in on the Group's worldwide acclaim and treasures of one of the last
Black String Bands
in the U.S.!

OL:
 All this week, we've had the pleasure of getting to know the members of
The Ebony Hillbillies
. Thank You to All 
in the group: Gloria Thomas Gassaway, Newman Taylor Baker, Bill Salter,
Norris Bennett
and paramountly to Henrique Prince, himself, who's endless dedication and his own extraordinary Violin playing; and bringing with this Group, most preciously, a part of the American African Culture & Music History, from the deep South to the soaring North and all around the world, giving show-stopping perfomances of blues, bluegrass, folk music & so much more, with thousands of heartfelt fans from all walks of life! The Ebony Hillbillies music and performances, spanning from the streets of New York City, to Carnegie Hall,
to 'Good Morning America' Television Show. Thank You Henrique and ALL of the members of The Ebony Hillbillies...

OL:
Thank you, to Violinist and Founder of
The Ebony Hillbillies,
Henrique Prince,
and thank you all for visiting
OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly!


Playlist samples:
The Only NYC Based Black  String Band...
THE EBONY HILLBILLIES

1. THE EBONY HILLBILLIES
[Track]
Paterola'lgetcha - Barefoot And Flying CD
(live@clearwater-uncut)
2. Ebony Hillibillies Member BILL SALTER
Bassist & Grammy-Winning
Co-Songwriter with Ralph MacDonald
Where Is The Love?
        [Roberta Flack/Donny Hathaway]
Special Guest Artist Online Interview Feature...
THE EBONY HILLBILLIES
THE ONLY NYC BASED BLACK STRING BAND...
www.theebonyhillbillies.com
Original  OL Records Artist Interview: 9/12/10 - 9/18/10


OL Quote Pick of the
Guest Artist's Interview!

"I would be happy to do whatever I can to further a better understanding of the roots and the goals of our little musical expedition. Rique (Re-kay), The Ebony Hillbillies."
Henrique Prince

OL Quote Pick of the
Guest Artist's Interview!

"I don't think you have enough time for me to tell you all the people that have influenced me. I grew up with Negro Spirituals, Jazz, blues, Old time, R&B, and Latin Music."
Gloria Gassaway

OL Quote Pick of the
Guest Artist's Interview!

"It is amazing to see how people from all cultures respond with smiles and joy to the music we play. It makes no difference where they come from, their age, economic or social background."
Newman Taylor Baker

OL Quote Pick of the
Guest Artist's Interview!

"Ya'll come and see us."
Norris Bennett

OL Quote Pick of the
Guest Artist's Interview!

"The blues is forever, and music in general to me is still the medium for communication. Singing and dancing never hurt (nobody)."
...William Salter