7pm: Eddies Music Award nominees Three Quarter North have performed at over 50 venues in and around the capital district over the last 15 years. This accomplished group plays everything from traditional fiddle tunes to complex original pop weaving acoustic and electric influences into an enticing array of sounds. Homegrown and raised on tradition, Three Quarter North exemplifies the best in American roots music.
THREE QUARTER NORTH—COMMON GROUND— “This is the third project from this Albany, New York-based sextet which features mainly the songwriting of bassist Dave Rhodes and guitarist Mark Smith. The group also includes Bob Altschuler (banjo), Mark Bagdon (fiddle), Nelson Gage (mandolin), and Joe Pasco (percussion). Rhodes also plays the kazoo, piano, and ukulele. Smith also adds kazoo as well as harmonica. The opening song by Rhodes, “The One I’m With,” has a couple of kazoo solos, giving the tune an old jug band feel. Other Rhodes selections include “Inside Walls,” “Summer Song,” and “Some Rivers.” Rhodes and Smith collaborate on “Common Ground” and Smith writes “My Baby Ain’t My Baby Anymore.” Banjo player Altschuler offers the instrumental “Rosebud,” and the band covers The Byrds’ “Mr. Spaceman” and Hot Rize’s “Nellie Kane,” both from live performances. Both Rhodes and Smith have delightful voices backed by good harmonies from other members, as well as some mighty-fine picking by all.” – review in August 2020 Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine