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The .357 String Band

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.357 String Band was formed by Derek Dunn (guitar and vocals), Joseph Huber (banjo, fiddle and vocals), Rick Ness (upright bass) and Jayke Orvis (multi-instrumentalist including mandolin). The band had no designated frontman, but Derek Dunn was usually the spokesman in the band. Equipped with just strings (string band) is a just as daring as interesting approach. No drums at all. It's doesn’t show. The upright bass, guitar, banjo and mandolin individually and collectively are completely unparalleled. .357 String Band toured almost evenly in both the U.S. (p ...read more

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.357 String Band was formed by Derek Dunn (guitar and vocals), Joseph Huber (banjo, fiddle and vocals), Rick Ness (upright bass) and Jayke Orvis (multi-instrumentalist including mandolin). The band had no designated frontman, but Derek Dunn was usually the spokesman in the band. Equipped with just strings (string band) is a just as daring as interesting approach. No drums at all. It's doesn’t show. The upright bass, guitar, banjo and mandolin individually and collectively are completely unparalleled. .357 String Band toured almost evenly in both the U.S. (played in all states except two) and in Europe. However, the hard work took its toll in various ways, including strain on family relationships. In June 2009, Orvis was fired from the band due to disagreements which was formulated at their Myspace Blog as: ”creative as well as business aspects of the band”. It was a divisive moment, as demonstrated with painful clarity in the band's announcement on the blog and in the commentary from Orvis. Despite a vivid description of the incident as: ”dropping me like a groupie” Orvis was the bigger man and expressed his sympathy for the members and respect for his successor, Billy Cook. But the end of the .357 String Band would come just two years later. In late autumn 2011, the .357 String Band announced that it was over. The background was that Joseph Huber had decided to quit the band. The reason was according to their Facebook-page: ”the aesthetic of The .357 String Band no longer represents him; he will returning to school to study woodworking, and pursue his own musical interest part time. The other three of us could not agree on a way to continue The .357 String Band without him.” This was the official reason. However, Huber's decision was hardly the only reason the band called it quits. It never took off for the band. Without any commercial success or the prospect of any commercial success in the foreseeable future, it is not possible to tirelessly struggle on. It is a pitiless law of nature in the music industry. .357 String Band figured it out the hard way. « hide

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