In the Vinyl Tradition 2
They play the instruments string bands have been playing for years and some you would have never imagined. No Strings Attached is a quartet based in Roanoke/Blacksburg, VA that features the following instruments: two hammer dulcimers, guitar, bass, harmonica, bouzouki, pennywhistle, flute, kalimba, synthesizers, bass and tenor clarinets, bass and tenor saxophones, Slinkys and percussion. Their music is described as 'eclectic, jazz on acoustic instruments, world beat' and they have stretched the boundaries of string music beyond traditional concepts. The Washington Post described them as one 'one of the more adventurous string ensembles today'. Primarily an instrumental band a typical concert features songs by Dave Brubeck, Thelonius Monk, Sonny Rollins, the Chieftains, Bill Spence, their own original songs and vocal selections by Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, Dan Hicks and the Coasters. The eclectic brand of music they play has allowed them to open for artists such as Mary Wilson and the Supremes, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Doc Watson, Turtle Islan String Qaurtet, John Hartford, John McCutcheon. McNeil and Nick Blanton and Ralph Gordon. They have played venues ranging from the J.F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, APR's 'Mountain Stage' and 'World Cafe' radio programs, CBS-TV's 'Morning News' program to major festivals such as the Walnut Valley Festival, Winfield, KS, Autumn Hills Festival, Winsted, CT, Augusta Heritage Week, Elkins, WV, and the Pacific Rim International Music Festival, Los Angeles, CA. The band's music has been recognized by the music industry in a variety of ways. Four of their last seven albums have either been nominated or won the National Association of Independent Record Distributors (NAIRD) 'INDIE' award for 'Best Album in the String Music Category'. The 'INDIE' is the independent distributors version of the Grammys. National Public Radio plays cuts from their albums on their 'All Things Considered' and 'Morning Edition' news programs. One of their songs is the theme song for the APR radio program, 'World Cafe'. Their stage shows are just as entertaining as the music they play. They've been known to dance the tango with their instruments, parody old rock and roll bands, clog while playing old-time tunes and use the Slinky (yes, the old toy you used to play with as a kid) as a percussion instrument.