9:00 pm – Holley Hall
Vermont’s very own honky tonk heroes, the Starline Rhythm Boys have been serving up a heart-throbbing (and sometimes heartbreaking) mix of vintage country and rockabilly for devoted fans throughout New England since 1998. Danny “Little Danny C” Coane (rhythm guitar), “Big Al” Lemery (lead guitar), and Billy “Slappin’ Billy B” Bratcher celebrate 20 years of great country music-making on this festive evening.
Danny Coane, the rockin’ pride of Vermont, just keeps rollin’. He has fronted bluegrass, country and blues bands, but the rockabilly, rock ‘n roll act “The Throbulators” gained him national exposure. Danny led the “Throbs” across the country and across the border. When you talk about “the real deal”, you’re talking about cats like Danny. He writes and sings with relentless enthusiasm, and picks a banjo and guitar with equal ability. He is the singer and rhythmic foundation for the band he now fronts. In short, Little Danny C. is “Pepper Hot, Baby.”
Billy Bratcher holds down the beat for the trio on upright bass. He toured with Texas Juke Joint King Wayne Hancock and became well known throughout the US for mastering the unique “slap bass” style. He can be heard on the title track of Hancock’s “That’s What Daddy Wants” CD. In addition to his high energy playing and flamboyant showmanship, Billy B. is a consummate song writer. Billy writes most of the Starline Rhythm Boys songs and their latest CD, “Honky Tonk Livin'”, features 13 originals that ring like classics.
Al Lemery shines bright under any stage light. The sound that echoes out of his well-used Fender “widow maker” can be spine-tingling. Al has been banging out the beat throughout the northeast for 30 years. After stints in Albany, NY with the likes of Johnny Rabb’s Jailhouse Rockers, Al made his way north to Burlington, VT. He is in his element with The Starline Rhythm Boys. When “Big Al” croons out a ballad, everybody listens. His powerful harmonies round out the trio’s high lonesome and hot rockin’ sound.