LIVE: Dan Tyminski & Ronnie Bowman @ The Egg, 5/6/16

May 18th, 2016, 4:00 pm by Greg


Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

It was just two guys sitting on stools, playing guitars and mandolin on stage at The Egg’s Swyer Theatre.

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But when those guys are Dan Tyminski and Ronnie Bowman – former bandmates in the Lonesome River Band – you know that you’re in for an evening of solid acoustic music. Of course, they leaned toward the bluegrass end of the spectrum – after all, Tyminski is a member of Alison Krauss & Union Station – but there was a lot more to their hour-and-a-half show than just mountain pickin’ and singin’.

Bowman served up a number of hits that he wrote for country music stars, including “It’s Getting Better All the Time.” (a hit for Brooks & Dunn) and the decidedly bluesy “Nobody to Blame” (Chris Stapleton).

And, of course, Rutland, Vermont native Tyminski featured “Hey Brother” (which EDM fave Avicii transformed into a dancefloor hit) and standard “Man of a Constant Sorrow,” which was featured in the award-winning movie and soundtrack for the Coen Brothers’ “O Brother Where Art Thou.”

Solid stuff, indeed, full of stories, warm humor and, of course, some mighty fine handmade music.

Excerpt from David Singer’s review at The Daily Gazette: “The show comprised the two of them, on stools, with acoustic guitars — and a mandolin for Tyminski at the beginning. The night was divided by storytelling, bluegrass music, and their ‘hits.’ Saying they were both fans of Jimmy Martin, they sang early on ‘Hold Whatcha Got.’ They made an obvious mistake in this song after Tyminski’s mandolin solo, and they looked at one another and laughed. ‘We do a lot of improv,’ Bowman said, ‘though some people call it unrehearsed.’ Tyminski interrupted, ‘We practice a lot, so it’s not from lack of trying.’”

Dan Tyminski

Dan Tyminski

Ronnie Bowman

Ronnie Bowman