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Gabe Schliffer is a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist currently living in Eugene, Oregon. His unique songwriting spans the gaps between Americana, Folk, Country and Bluegrass. Gabe weaves masterful acoustic melodies between lyrics of hope and love. Originally from Upstate New York, Gabe grew up at the Folk Art Guild, an intentional community and organic farm in near Rochester, NY.
Gabe Schliffer has been a member of many different bands including Thy Burden, Mulberry Soul, Outland County, and The Cabin Killers. His latest album, Stargazers is a continuation of his search into the roots of americana music, evoking the spirit of jamming around campfires and finding inspiration in the fields and forests of American heartland. His new album features him on cello, fiddle, tenor banjo, guitar as and lead vocals. Gabe has shared the stage with the likes of Jim Lauderdale, Donna the Buffalo, The Horseflies, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, The Blind Owl Band, and The Prickers.
Gabe says, “I have been playing the classical cello since I was five, but 12 years ago my world changed forever when I was introduced to Old-time, Country and Bluegrass. When one day my cello suddenly broke, I was desperate to find an instrument that I could use. Luckily my roommate had a fiddle laying around, and after failing to play it in the usual way, I thought perhaps if I held it like a mini-cello that it might just work. Lo and behold, it was like magic! All I had to do was adjust my fingers to the right size, and my bow arm did the rest. Suddenly the world of fiddle and old-time music was open wide, and what an amazing journey it has been! “
On the windy ridges of Oregon grow tall trees with sweeping branches and enormous cones – the largest species of pine in the world, the Sugar Pine.
The Sugar Pine String Band are musicians from Eugene Oregon who share a love of traditional acoustic music. Fiddle, dobro and mandolin provide the high lonesome tones alongside the upright bass and guitar, with warm vocal harmonies as old as the mountains. The group is comfortable playing smoking bluegrass instrumentals or a variety of upbeat originals composed by Gabe Schliffer, Sugar Pine’s leader and fiddle/cello master. For festivals, parties, picnics or weddings, Gabe and Sugar Pine String Band will make you get up and dance!
The music Gabe Schliffer makes conveys honesty and kindness and is organic, pure and natural. Simultaneously old timey, timeless and contemporary! – Tyler Westcott