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Packway Handle Band


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It all started in Athens, Georgia in 2001 during a most peculiar
spell when 5 or 6 bluegrass bands circulated the town. The famous
Athens, which had once spawned the B-52s, REM, Widespread Panic, and
countless other indie, pop and punk acts, was now the home to a
competing minority of bluegrass players. The Packway Handle Band
emerged from this small scene, finding national acclaim first as
finalists at the Telluride bluegrass competition in 2002 and 2003,
then taking 2nd place in 2004. The band’s 2003 debut album, “Chaff

Harvest” was produced using prize awards from a local Battle of the
Bands when they beat out 72 other rock bands for first place.
PHB was on a roll and has continued to win over fans and rack
up awards. In early 2006 the band went on the road full time, wowing
audiences across the country with close 4-part harmonies and their
dance around two tightly-spaced condenser mics. Packway Handle Band
has emerged at the national forefront of bands that use a
gather-around-the-mic style. Theirs is not a mission to preserve
historical styles— it’s just how they do what they do the best. And
what they do best is rooted in thought provoking songwriting, clever
choice and arrangement of bluegrass traditionals, and totally
unexpected (even totally inappropriate) covers, all delivered with a
crackling energy. If you get an idea of what Packway Handle is early
in a show, you’ll probably change your mind several times before
they’re done.


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  • CiTiGuY

    Anyone got the track Hidden from The Packway Handle Band's latest album?

    16 Mar 2010 Reply

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