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17 year old Ben Zolla and his 16 year old brother Sam started playing music with their dad, Larry in the spring of 2012. What started as a hobby quickly grew into regular bookings at music halls, bluegrass festivals and concerts . The Boys have found their voices; from the songs of the Louvin Brothers, Stanley Brothers, and Jim and Jesse, to Bob Dylan and Blue Highway. They have been featured on the Emerging Artist stage at the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, and perform at numerous bluegrass festivals throughout New England. The newest member of the band, legendary banjo player Richard Underwood, brings energy and drive to the boys classic brother duet sound.

 

Ben  has been playing guitar and singing with Sam since 2012. He considers  the Louvin and Stanley Brothers his biggest influences, but enjoys contemporary groups such as the Gibson Brothers, Boxcars, Blue Highway, and the Steep Canyon Rangers. Bryan Sutton and Tony Rice are two of his favorite lead guitar players, and he received his first flat-picking lessons from Bryan, while enrolled as a  student in the Artistworks on-line music academy. Ben also shares his father’s love of “great food”, and spends a good amount of time in the kitchen.

 

 

Sam started on-line mandolin lessons at Artistworks Academy of Bluegrass, learning his first chops from the legendary Mike Marshall. He has since been influenced by Adam Steffey, Jesse Brock, Frank Solivan, and Chris Thile.  He shares Ben’s passion for traditional brother duets, and continues to discover awesome Louvin Brothers songs to work on. When not practicing mandolin, he spends his time at USA Gymnastics in Watertown, Ct, where he competes as a Level 10 Junior Olympic gymnast.

 

 

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