Wednesday, April 19, 2017

New Album! - "Lone Prairie" Comes Out April 28th!

The Down Hill Strugglers are very pleased to announce the release of our new album, "Lone Prairie" - coming out April 28th on Jalopy Records!!

The album will be issued on vinyl, CD and as a digital download.  Sadly, because of budget issues we could not afford to have heads on this album cover, but we hope that our fortunes will improve soon!!

Order your copy today:

Or pick one up at one of our upcoming Spring "Mud Season" tour dates...

And see the whole Jalopy Records catalogue at

The album features 13 all new recordings from the band and liner notes by Amanda Petrusich, contributing writer for The New Yorker, Pitchfork and a contributing editor at The Oxford American.  Her music and culture writing has also appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Spin, BuzzFeed, and she is the author of “Do Not Sell At Any Price: The Wild, Obsessive Hunt for the World’s Rarest 78rpm Records”.  Petrusich has written that “The Down Hill Strugglers are, to my ears, the very best interpreters of traditional material presently going.”

From the liner notes:
“Lone Prairie was recorded in the spring of 2016 at the Jalopy Theatre in Red Hook, Brooklyn.  The band used two microphones, and played directly into a mono Nagra one-quarter-inch tape machine. They either ducked away from or leaned toward the mic to get their sound levels right. Then they stopped monkeying with the recording altogether, which is surely part of why it feels so pure and urgent. It is energizing in the way that looking at a river is energizing.”

“So what does it mean for a young band to make music like this right now? Our cultural moment certainly allows for (if not encourages) gratuitous elevation of the Self above all – but the Down Hill Strugglers think about their work differently. Each of these tracks takes inspiration from the rural visionaries of the early twentieth century, from the melodies and expressions that once guided and sustained whole communities in the Mountain South, the Deep South, and Way Out West. Lone Prairie is an earnest monument to the rural artists and songs this band loves: the Mississippi Possum Hunters, the Skillet Lickers, Bill Shepherd and Dock Boggs, the Carolina Tar Heels, Frank Blevins, George Pegram, Wilmer Watts, and many others. Using lovingly excavated 78 r.p.m. discs as source material – Walker, Jackson, and Eli disappear inside these tunes. In this way, the Strugglers become part of a continuum. Their performance is less about ardent self-expression and more about empathy, of finding a way in to other people’s anguish and elation: understanding it, bodying it anew, respecting it, and carrying it on. They pay homage to and remake in equal measure, as artists have been doing for centuries. This, I believe, is the best and most useful work a folk musician can hope to do.”

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Spring "Mud Season" Tour Dates

The Down Hill Strugglers are once again setting forth for our Spring "Mud Season" tour... Look out!!

Sun. April 30th
w/ John Cohen
Brooklyn Folk Festival
Brooklyn, NY

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Sat. May 6th
Floyd Radio Show
Floyd Country Store
Floyd, VA

Sun. May 7th
Details TBA
The Nightlight
Chapel Hill, NC
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Thurs. May 11th
Farm & Fun Time Radio Show
Birthplace of Country Music Museum
520 Birthplace of Country Music Way
Bristol, VA 24201

Sat. May 13th
6:30pm potluck and show at 8pm
The Hen Haus
"... if you need the address you better ask someone..."
Louisville, KY

Sun. May 14th
House Concert
5pm Potluck
6-8pm Concert
Contact: schulzmp [@] for details
Dayton, OH

Tues. May 16th
Tom's Tavern
w/ Corn Potato String Band
10093 W Seven Mile Rd
Detroit, MI

Friday, September 2, 2016

Fall Tour Dates

Hello everyone. The Down Hill Strugglers have gigs this Fall! Look out!

Sunday, Sept. 18th

Jalopy 10th Anniversary Festival!
Lots of other great bands!  Celebrate the Jalopy!
Jalopy Theatre
315 Columbia St.
Brooklyn, NY

Saturday, Oct. 1st

Tompkins Corners Cultural Center
w/ John Cohen & The Four o'clock Flowers

Friday, Oct. 7th
The Nightlight - Chapel Hill, NC
405 W Rosemary St,
Chapel Hill, NC 27516

Saturday, Oct. 8th 

Floyd Country Store
206 S Locust St, Floyd, VA 24091

Sunday, Oct. 9th
Nach Bar
969 Charles St, Louisville, KY 40204
Thursday, Oct. 13th
St. Louis Folk School
3323 Washington Ave, St. Louis, MO 63103

Friday & Saturday, Oct. 14th & 15th

Ozark Folk Festival
Eureka Springs, AR

Sunday, Oct. 16th
w/ The Ozark Highballers
Fayetteville, AR
House Concert
Details at:

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

August Tour Dates

Look out!  The Down Hill Strugglers have a few dates in the midwest in August!

August 4th - Chicago, IL
The Hide Out
6:00 pm
1354 W. Wabansia Ave
Chicago, IL

August 6th - Madison, WI
Sugar Maple Festival
1:50pm Main Stage performance
Other workshop appearances TBA

Friday, April 1, 2016

2016 Spring Mud Season Tour Dates!

The Down Hill Strugglers are taking to the road, with gigs in Maryland, Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee and Kentucky! 

Sunday, May 1st
House Concert - Baltimore, MD
Opening presentation on Maryland fiddle tunes!
For details email:
arobertsgevalt [at]

Wednesday, May 4th
Whistlepig Productions House Concerts - Atlanta, GA

Venue is a private home in the Emory/Decatur area of Atlanta
light refreshments served. BYOB okay
$20 suggested donation all proceeds go to performers
Reserved seating only
For reservations and directions, email:
Visit our Facebook page:

Friday, Sunday May 6-8th

Multiple performances! Check website for details!
Knoxville Stomp Festival - Knoxville, TN

Tuesday, May 10th
The Nightlight - Chapel Hill, NC
Doors at 8 music at 8:30pm
405 W Rosemary St,
Chapel Hill, NC 27516

Thursday, May 12th
Willow Tree Music Room - Johnson City, TN
W/ Bill & the Belles
216 E Main St, Johnson City, TN

Friday, May 13
Isis Music Hall - Asheville, NC
743 Haywood Rd, Asheville, NC 28806

Saturday, May 14th
Warren's on Route 60 - Middletown, KY

Tuesday, May 17th
Folk School Coffee Parlor - Ludlow, KY
Suggested donation of $10
332 Elm St, Ludlow, KY 41016

Thursday, May 19th
Square Dance - Louisville, KY
Doors open at 7pm with jamming in the bar Beginners dance workshop around 7:30pm DANCING from 8–10:30pm
Amvets Post 9 Louisville, KY & Danny Mac's Pizza 1567 S Shelby St Louisville, KY 40217

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Brooklyn Folk Festival!

Check out the Down Hill Strugglers with John Cohen at the Brooklyn Folk Festival.  Comin' up! 35 bands! Workshops! Contests! Film Screenings!
We play at 5:15pm on Sunday April 10th.  Get your tickets!

Sunday, October 25, 2015

At the Kennedy Center with John Cohen and Jerron "Blindboy" Paxton

"Treasures From the Archive Roadshow" at the Kennedy Center
                    with the Down Hill Strugglers, John Cohen and Jerron "Blindboy" Paxton

We've had a great Summer of touring, lots of great shows including appearances at the Newport Folk Festival, Vancouver Folk Festival, Great Lakes Folk Festival, three appearances at the Library of Congress!! and a great show at the Kennedy Center.

At Newport and at the Kennedy Center we were presenting the "Treasures From the Archive Roadshow" playing music that we have learned from the collections at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. It's a great show and has been a real pleasure working with the fine folks at the AFC to bring music from their collections live to audiences around the country, including a wonderful show at the Library itself. The complete 1 hour program we did at the Kennedy Center was filmed very nicely, and here it is available for viewing, just click the image above.