“BLUE EXPRESS” performs a great mix of driving bluegrass, pleasing folkgrass and Americana music. Exceptional vocals and instrumentation with a contemporary sound, humor and a great sense of fun are the band’s special ingredients.
Lead vocalist Carol Beaugard is best known for her work as a radio DJ, host of ‘Lonesome Pine RFD’ heard on 89.1, WFDU-FM (NYC) and worldwide on WAMU’s ‘Bluegrass Country’. Stage credits include appearances at numerous festivals throughout the northeast fronting her former bluegrass/country band, ‘Grover’s Mill’ and touring the tri-state as a professional dancer with The Fiddlestyx Cloggers.
Wayne Fugate is a master mandolin player, who’s studied and played with Barry Mitterhoff and Mike Marshall. Other credits include stage work with Tony Trischka, Hazel Dickens, Walt Michael & Co, Jay Ungar & Molly Mason, Kenny Kosek, Grammy winner Lisa Gutkin and the band ‘Out to Lunch’. Wayne teaches mandolin and is the author of two instructional books.
Kevin Ege is a versatile guitarist who’s played bluegrass, jazz, swing, folk and classical music with “The Crackleberries”, “Easy on the Tuba”, “The Pep Boys” and the “Evening Edition Band”. He’s opened for Lester Flatt and James Cotton and has performed on stages including The Eagle Tavern, the Jones Beach Bandshell and the South Street Seaport in NYC.
Marty Cutler is an illustrious banjo player whose career spans over thirty years. A charter member of the Wretched Refuse String Band, in addition, he’s performed with Hazel Dickens, Bob Paisley, Byron Berline, David Grisman, Jody Stecher, Laurie Lewis, Kathy Kallick, Darol Anger, Mike Marshall, Jim Nunally, and many others. He currently works as a Contributing Editor for Electronic Musician Magazine.
Guitar virtuoso/multi instrumentalist Van Manakas is known for his work as a top Nashville musician. Van is renowned for his on-stage work and on numerous major recordings in bluegrass, country and swing music, as well as jazz and pop. He sings and plays guitar, fiddle, dobro, mandolin and recently released a CD 'Leavin' Tennessee" featuring Butch Baldassari, Byron House, Stuart Duncan and Bobby Hicks.
Bassist Lester Wilson has toured throughout the United States and Europe and has performed on-stage with legendary artists, including Willie Nelson, James Cotton, Lynn Anderson, Peach Fish Pie and the Rio Grande Band. Lester is equally at home playing in country, rock and pop genres. His distinctive voice adds an exceptional dimension to the band’s vocal material
For more information or for bookings, Call: (845) 610-3433 or email: CarolBlueExpress@gmail.com
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