Eden and John's East River String Band

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Eden and John's East River String Band are a New York City-based duo who play country blues from the 1920s and 1930s.[1] The members are John Heneghan (guitar, mandolin and vocals) and Eden Brower (ukulele and vocals).[2]

The duo often have other musicians sit in with them, including Dom Flemons (formerly of Carolina Chocolate Drops), Pat Conte (of the Canebreak Rattlers and Otis Brothers) and Robert Crumb (of the Cheap Suit Serenaders).[3]

The East River String Band has released five albums. Their debut, Sweet East River (2006), featured special guests Sophie Crumb (who also provided the cover artwork) on banjolin, Alec Morton from Raging Slab on bass, Jim Stout on banjo and Sam Hopkins on bottleneck guitar. The band's second album, Some Cold Rainy Day (2008), was chosen by David Fricke as one of his "picks" of the month in the November 2008 issue of Rolling Stone.[4] It featured cover artwork by Crumb (as did their three subsequent albums) and special guest pianist Terry Waldo, known for his work with Leon Redbone and Woody Allen. Their third album, Drunken Barrel House Blues (2009), featured special guests Flemons on guitar and quills, Conte on fiddle, and Eli Smith on banjo. Their fourth album, Be Kind to a Man When He's Down (2011), boasted guest players Crumb on mandolin, Flemons on guitar, and Conte on fiddle, banjo, harmonica and vocals. Their most recent album, "Take a Look at That Baby" (2013), included guests Ernesto Gomez, Joe Bellulovich, Jackson Lynch and Blind Uncle Otis in addition to Crumb, Flemons and Conte.


Date Title
2006 Sweet East River
2008 Some Cold Rainy Day
2009 Drunken Barrel House Blues
2011 Be Kind to a Man When He's Down
2013 Take a Look at That Baby

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  1. ^ Marcus, Richard (September 24, 2008). "Music Review: Eden & John's East River String Band Some Cold Rainy Day". BlogCritics Magazine. Archived from the original on 2008-12-05.
  2. ^ Mann, Lucas (June 18–24, 2008). "Plucky couple revive rural blues, winning rave reviews". The Villager. 78 (3).
  3. ^ "Gimme Shelter Island". North Fork Sound Online. July 9, 2008.
  4. ^ Fricke, David (November 13, 2008). "Fricke's Picks: East Village Blues". Rolling Stone (1065).

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