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Interstate Express Band and Band Member Bios
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Interstate Express is a contemporary Bluegrass band that uses the musical concepts established by the original Seldom Scene as its foundation. It’s sound is a mix of blues and jazz colors with the drive of melodic bluegrass. Staying away from traditional songs, it’s eclectic repertoire includes many ‘grassified’ recognizable cross genre songs mixed with originals that raise the interest and enjoyment of the audience.
The band resulted from an accidental meeting of the founding members at a farmers market jam. The mix of jazz/blues guitar riffs with rolling banjo struck a chord. Their common, yet varied, extensive musical experience made it an easy decision to form a band with the intent of having a sound different from most bluegrass bands. The similarity of work and broad travel experiences influenced the name, Interstate Express.
MEET THE BAND
Jim Papagni, a founding member of Interstate Express is originally from Central NY. He has been playing banjo for over 30 years. His background in classical piano provided a theory foundation facilitating the transition to bluegrass banjo. He has played in bluegrass ensembles in Central NY playing various venues from weddings to the State Fair, on radio and television, some studio recording, and competing in a New England band contest. His favorite banjo player is Ben Eldridge, a founding member of the Seldom Scene, who led the way in the evolution of New Grass.
Terry Reynolds, a founding member of Interstate Express, grew up in a Navy family, and also served in the Navy himself. He acquired his musical knowledge and experience while growing up in locations as varied as Honolulu , Minneapolis and New London, Connecticut. He has been playing guitar for over 50 years, playing in jazz, R&B, gospel, and rock groups in and around the Northeast and in the US Navy. He is also a song writer whose style embodies the mix of jazz/blues/rock and driving bluegrass that is the signature sound of the band.
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Interstate Express Sound Requirements
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4 high quality cardioid microphones such as Shure SM-57, Shure KSM-137/141, AKG P-170, or equivalent.
4 high quality cardioid microphones such as Shure SM-58, AKG D-5, Blue 300 or equivalent.
4 microphone stands with booms.
Mixing console with no less than 8 inputs and separate tone control for each input, and separate monitor send for each input.
Minimum of one high fidelity, high power, low distortion amplifier, unless speakers are active/powered speakers.
High quality loudspeaker system either full range or bi-amped with high quality components.
Stage monitor system consisting of a minimum of two speakers with high quality components.
NOTE: The above is required except in circumstances where it is agreed the band will provide its own sound equipment. In such cases enough clean, distortion free power to support a mixer, IEM monitor transmitters, active speakers, network router, and a recorder will be required.
Mic stand with boom and two mics, instrument and vocal, for each musician position.
CHANNEL DESCRIPTION COLOR CONNECT TO NOTES
1 Bass Orange Line In Di Box
2 Bass Vox Orange Blue 300 Condenser microphone
3 Guitar 1 Blue KSM 137 Condenser Microphone
4 Guitar 1 Vox Blue Blue 300 Condenser microphone
5 Guitar 2 Red SM-57 Dynamic microphone
6 Guitar 2 Vox Red Blue 300 Condenser microphone
7 Banjo Green KSM-137 Condenser microphone
8 Banjo Vox Green Blue 300 Condenser microphone
9 Guest Yellow SM-58 Dynamic microphone
10 Guest Vox Yellow Blue 300 Condenser microphone
Aux 1 IEM Y1L Yellow L Yellow Left 1 Bass IEM
Aux 2 IEM Y2R Yellow R Yellow Left 2 Guitar 1 IEM
Aux 3 IEM R1L Red L Red Left 1 Guitar 2 IEM
Aux 4 IEM R2R Red R Red Right 2 Banjo IEM
Aux 5 IEM G1L Green L Green Left 1 Guest IEM (If no Guest, output to recorder.)
Aux 6 IEM G2R Green R Green Right 2 Open (Output to recorder.)
Main L L Main Speaker
Main R R Main Speaker
Phone Stereo Out Headphones
Performance Agreement available upon request.