Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Spring, Summer + Fall Tour Dates

The Down Hill Strugglers are taking to the road once again 2019!  More dates TBA...

April 7th
Brooklyn, NY
Brooklyn Folk Festival
With the Down Hill Strugglers & John Cohen
Full schedule and tix:

June 13th
Buckhannon, WV
Square Dance!
Details TBA

June 15th
Hancock Shaker Village, MA
Northeast Fiddlers Convention
With the Down Hill Strugglers & John Cohen

June 22nd
Brooklyn, NY
with The Down Hill Strugglers
Jalopy Theatre
315 Columbia St.

September 6th & 7th
North Hillsdale, NY
Oldtone Roots Music Festival
With the Down Hill Strugglers & John Cohen
See website for set times and tix:

Friday, October 26, 2018

Red Dead Redemption 2

Check out Eli Smith and Walker Shepard from the Down Hill Strugglers, playing on the score and the in-game music for Red Dead Redemption 2 - which comes out today! It is a truly amazing game, a Western set in 1899.

You will find Eli playing banjo on the game's cinematic score, as well as contributing to the in-game music. In the world of the video game you will hear Eli playing banjo, guitar, jaw harp, mandolin and whistling and Walker playing the fiddle. Eli also arranged and adapted old and traditional songs, re-written to fit the game, and taught the songs to the actors who play the characters...  And if you look real close you will find him in the game, in the role of a cowboy, sitting at a campfire playing guitar...

Eli and Walker worked on this game off and on for about 2 1/2 years and are very happy to see it finished and issued to the world.

Says one reviewer:
"If there is anything here in this game that feels actually, genuinely perfect, it's the music."

Says another reviewer:
"Rockstar Games’ new open-world western opus is exhaustively detailed and exhaustingly beautiful, a mammoth construction of which every nook and cranny has been polished to an unnerving shimmer. It is a stirring tribute to our world’s natural beauty, and a grim acknowledgment of our own starring role in its destruction. It tells a worthy and affecting story that weaves dozens of character-driven narrative threads into an epic tapestry across many miles and almost as many months. When the sun sets and the tale has been told, it leaves players with a virtual wild-west playground so convincingly rendered and filled with surprises that it seems boundless."

And another:
"Even more impressive is the selection of original music that references in-game locations and events. Hearing a song about the fictitious city you’re in that references all the other fictitious locations around really helps make the world feel even more alive and connected."

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Summer & Fall Tour Dates

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The Down Hill Strugglers are taking to the road!  And we're heading West!  Look out...

Sat. August 11th
John Cohen with the Down Hill Strugglers
Jalopy Theatre
315 Columbia St.
Brooklyn, NY

Thurs. & Fri.  September 6th and 7th
Oldtone Roots Music Festival
with John Cohen (On Sept. 7th)
Cool Whisper Farm
North Hillsdale, NY

Sun. September 9th
Washington Square Park Folk Festival
with John Cohen
Free & open to the public!

Wed. September 19th
7:45 doors, music shortly after 8!
BYOB and chair and donation
203 Pope St.
Louisville, KY

September 27th - 30th
Berkeley Old Time Music Convention
Berkeley, CA

Tues. October 2nd
House Concert
Santa Cruz, CA
Details TBA

Wed. October 3rd
House Concert
Mountain View, CA
email for info and reservations:

Sat. Ocober. 6th
Boulevard Music
with Jim Kweskin
4316 Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City
Los Angeles, CA

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Old Time Herald Review

Thanks so much to Sonya Badigian and the Old Time Herald magazine for the great review of The Down Hill Strugglers latest album, "Lone Prairie" - out on Jalopy Records.

Listen to the album and order your copy at:

Read the review below!

Friday, March 16, 2018

2018 Mud Season Tour!

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The Down Hill Strugglers are taking to the road in April for our Spring 2018, "Mud Season" tour!

Sat. April 21st 
Folk School Coffee Parlor
332 Elm St.
Ludlow, KY

Sun. April 22nd
Louisville, KY
Email us for details

Wed. April 25th
The Shine House
402 N Main St.
Somerset, KY 

Fri. & Sat. April 27th & 28th
Georgia String Band Festival
at the Harris Arts Center
212 S Wall Street
Calhoun, GA 30701

Sun. April 29th
House Concert
Atlanta, GA
email: tradhouse9 [at] for details

Mon. April 30th
Country Fest
St. Roch Tavern
1200 St Roch Ave
New Orleans, LA

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Brooklyn Folk Festival

Check out the Down Hill Strugglers with John Cohen 

- Live at the Brooklyn Folk Festival!

Comin' up in April 6-8th!  We're playing at 7pm on Sunday April 8th.

More info at

Friday, November 10, 2017

Lone Prairie Sources & Notes

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Hello everybody. We've had some requests for more information about the sources that inspired our recent album, "Lone Prairie". We love listening to old string bands from the 1920's and 30's, recorded on 78rpm records, as well as to more recent field recordings and other sources. These recordings filter through our brains and emerge in the music of the Down Hill Strugglers.

Here is a list of the songs on "Lone Prairie" followed by historic recordings that we love listening to.  We hope you will find them and enjoy them as much as we do.

Side A
1. Last Shot Got Him - related to/taking inspiration from the playing of the Mississippi Possum Hunters, also recorded as a guitar song in a different version by Mississippi John Hurt
2. Casey Jones - related to/taking inspiration from Wilmer Watts & The Lonely Eagles, also the Skillet Lickers and others
3. Lone Prairie - related to/taking inspiration from "It Won't Be Long Till My Grave Is Made" by Norman Woodlieff/Walter Smith
4. John Henry - related to/taking inspiration from George Pegram and many other versions
5. Texas Quick Step - related to/taking inspiration from the Redheaded Fiddlers
6. St. James Blues - related to/taking inspiration from Bill Sheperd and Dock Boggs

Side B
1. Seneca Square Dance - related to/taking inspiration from Fiddlin' Sam Long
2. Come Over and See Me Sometime - related to/taking inspiration from the Georgia Yellow Hammers
3. Goodbye Booze - related to/taking inspiration from Charlie Poole, Mainer's Mountaineers and more
4. Going Back to Mexico - related to/taking inspiration from the Carolina Tar Heels
5. Stone Rag - related to/taking inspiration from Paul Warmack's Gully Jumpers
6. Sally Ann - related to/taking inspiration from Frank Blevins & His Tar Heel Rattlers
7. Three Way Medley - related to/taking inspiration from Joe Sharp & Band and others

Included below is Amanda Petrusich's wonderful essay that she contributed for the liner notes on the back of the album: