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To create its uniquely upbeat vibe, Big Leg Emma uses bits and pieces of bluegrass, country, folk, funk, reggae, roots rock, and everything in between. It all comes together beautifully, with every song standing out as tight and precise yet loose and ente

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COUNTRY: Bluegrass, FOLK: Modern Folk

Which One Is Emma?
guitar, vocals ......... Steve Johnson
fiddle, mandolin, vocals Amanda Barton
guitar ......... Kevin Rowe
drums ......... John McGuire
mandolin, vocals Charity Nuse
bass, vocals ......... Dan Warmbrodt

Big Leg Emma is not a single person. In fact, Big Leg Emma is actually six people: Steve Johnson (guitar, vocals), Amanda Barton (fiddle, mandolin, vocals), Kevin Rowe (guitar), John McGuire (drums), Charity Nuse (mandolin, vocals), and Dan Warmbrodt (bass, vocals). And when those six people get together to let their influences and experiences melt together into one musical form, the results are truly remarkable.
To create its uniquely upbeat vibe, Big Leg Emma uses bits and pieces of bluegrass, country, folk, funk, reggae, roots rock, and everything in between.
It all comes together beautifully, with every song standing out as tight and precise yet loose and entertaining, leaving you pleasantly invigorated by these twelve remarkable jam sessions.
"We all come from different backgrounds stylistically," says Charity Nuse, "but mold all those influences into one big sound with hints of jazz, blues, bluegrass, zydeco, country, reggae, pop, and funk. We enjoy being able to draw from many different backgrounds to give our fans a wide variety at our live shows. We like to give listeners something real to think about with our lyrics, something fun to dance to with our grooves, and something nice to listen to with our sounds."
Western New York''s Big Leg Emma was born in 2001, when long-time musical partners Steve Johnson and Charity Nuse met up with fiddler Amanda Barton. Amanda had been playing music since she was eight years old, when she got her start with her family bluegrass band, The Bluegrasshoppers. These three initial Big Leg Emma members found themselves with slightly contrasting musical preferences and styles, but they found that when they joined forces and let things work themselves out naturally, the results weren''t as strange as they might have expected. Then along came Dan Warmbrodt, who recommended John McGuire, a former band mate from his days with both Djava and Sweet Jane and the Djam, to be his partner in the rhythm section. Finally came Kevin Rowe, formerly of 5 Cubic Feet, and the picture was completed.
In only three years of existence, Big Leg Emma has already performed everywhere from New York to Tennessee to Ohio, building a strong following along the festival circuit and sharing the stage with the likes of Rusted Root front man Mike Glabicki, 10,000 Maniacs, Max Creek, and numerous others. Right from the start, the band''s reputation as a memorable live act grew rapidly, but so did the demand for a recording. With that in mind, the band decided to find a space, throw a party with a bunch of fans and friends, and record it. The result was the fourteen-track debut album Gramma Don''t Like That!
But it wasn''t long before fans were clamoring for some new material they could purchase and take home from the band''s infectious live performances, and so at the end of last year Big Leg Emma entered the studio and laid down what would become its latest and greatest effort, The Color of Wind. Like the band''s live show, this album captures all of the energy and passion behind Big Leg Emma and its music.
Over the course of its brief existence, Big Leg Emma has already experienced tremendous growth in everything from its ability to put on a superb live show to its songwriting ability, versatility, openness to experimentation, and all around musical expression. The band has gone from relying on Steve to develop the basic song ideas to allowing all members to incorporate their original material into the repertoire. Also, when the band started out Steve, Amanda, and Charity found themselves doing all the singing, but now every member plays a vital role in that department. Both as individuals and as a unit, the members of Big Leg Emma have grown in many ways over the course of the past few years, and it''s hard to see them slowing down anytime soon.

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What They Say About Emma.......

"The Color of Wind" may have some heavy country influence but it isn''t that down home pickin'' and grinnin'' twang that original country blues sounds like. This is infused with elements of rock similar to (Eagles and The Flying Burrito Brothers) Actually when the ladies kick in, early Linda Ronstadt and Stone Ponies come to mind."
Evolution scale: 7.5/10
by: Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck
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"Big Leg Emma turned in a mind-blowing set of zesty, blazing roots music when they opened for ''Little Feat'' at Celebrate Erie in August 04''. Its Amazing their fiddle doesn''t spontaneously combust, they play so hard, so furiously. Their feel-good, warm -as-a-fireplace, harmony-laden tunes achieve a transcendence that perhaps only ''Donna the Buffalo'' can match in jam-band land. This is the kind of group you need only hear once and then you''re a fan for life. They''ve got it!"

Editor for Music Muse

"Big Leg Emma" definitely has their roots in bluegrass & country music. The crowd was growing and was the biggest I''ve ever seen in front of the stage at noon on a Saturday.
A show review of BLE at Grateful Fest 5
Nelson Ledges Quarry Park/ July 3rd 2004
Andy Shepherd (Homegrown Network)

"At a recent show at Tribecca Blues in NYC, Big Leg Emma performed for a crowd of fans. The girls, Amanda Barton and Charity Nuse, crooned like angels and played their buts off on their respective instruments, fiddle and mandolin. A blend of Celtic rock and folk created a warm and loving atmosphere and was most memorable. A little Spanish song, "The Mexican Song" (aka "Pedro''s Last Stand"), was most appealing and is ripe for licensing for television and film placement. I thoroughly enjoyed the performance and was quite surprised at the musical expertise of that young band. The fusion of genres is original and beautifully done. The female presence in the band was refreshing and created an illusion of spirits rising above the heavens."

Melinda Gedman - MTV Music Producer / Talent Scout

"With the current climate of hardcore music fans in the jamband scene, BLE now has an audience to deliver its unique traditionally influenced sound. I would watch to see where they will go in the future. I enjoy the strong vocal harmonies and bluegrass instrumentation. There is a place for mandolin and violin in contemporary music and BLE has carved an original, yet familiar, traditional sound."

Dana Cannone - Tour Manager for Rusted Root

"They have a tight grip on what roots music is all about and the talent to deliver it. I love this band!"

David Tidquist - Great Blue Heron Music Festival / Sherman, NY

"The joy music pours out of them, they play with purity and genuineness that''s as palpable as a summer breeze. Fans feel the love and send it back."

Dave Richards - Erie Times / Erie, PA

"Amanda Barton''s fiddle work is precise and professional. Charity Nuse and Barton''s vocals blend beautifully creating intoxicating harmonies.........My favorite track was BLE''s fun, reggae meets bluegrass cover of Steve Miller''s "The Joker". I really hope local radio picks up this track. These local musicians deserve all the attention that they''ve been getting."

Michael Salamone - from BLE''s "Gramma Don''t Like That" C.D. review in WORD Magazine / Jamestown, NY

"I have seen many bands come and go, some have been fun and others not so. But, never have I ever seen a band able to get crowd response like "BIG LEG" (that''s what I like to call them) when they take the stage the crowd can''t help but take the floor, "BIG LEG" gets you moving and feeling good, their music is a natural joy!! The first time I heard them in our studio it hit me at the core, talk about a band that plays to your senses.

Jessie Klarke - WMHU 102 MOO / Jamestown, NY

"This group of young musicians is very versatile and plays a variety of music. They''re moving their music into high gear and spreading their wings. Don''t be surprised if you find yourself saying one day, "I saw them here at in Warren, PA at the Library Theatre!"

Staff - Warren Times Observer

Where Emma''s Been....

Northeast Mini-Tour w/Mike Glabicki of Rusted Root
Finger Lakes Grassroots Music Festival ''03 (Ithaca, NY)
Great Blue Heron Music Festival ''02, ''03 (Sherman, NY) Jam 2002 - Tribeca Blues (Manhattan, NYC)
Cornhill Arts Festival '' 02, ''03 (Rochester, NY)
East End Fest ''03 (Rochester, NY)
Nelson Ledges ''02, ''03 (Garrettsville, OH)
Waterfall Jam (Indiana, PA)
Springfest ''03 (Connelsville, PA)
O.U.R. Fest ''02, ''03
Barnyard Folk Fest (Deposit, NY)
Chaffee Gathering ''02, 03 (Erie, PA)
Mystic Valley Music Fest (Wheeling, WV)
St. Lawrence Univ. Concert Series (Canton, NY)
Warren Concert Series (Warren, PA)
Catatonk Creek Fest (Candor, NY>
Harvest Celebration (Vienna, NY)
Chautauqua County Music Hall of Fame Induction Concert
Big Leg Emma''s Annual Barn Dance ''02, ''03

Hard Rock Cafe - Pittsburgh, PA
Tribecca Blues - NYC
Barley''s Taproom - Knoxville, TN
The Rosebud - Pittsburgh, PA
Club Laga - Pittsburgh, PA
Struther''s Library Theater - Warren, PA
Reg Lena Civic Center - Jamestown, NY
Bellville Opera House - Bellville, OH
The Showplace Theater - Buffalo, NY
Canisius College - Buffalo, NY
Red Dog River Resort - Fayetteville, WV
Chautauqua Institution (Amphitheater & College Club)
Darwin''s - Syracuse University )NY)
Touch of Texas - Binghamton, Ny
River Street Jaza Cafe - Wilkes-Barre, PA
The Rongo - Trumansburg, NY
Whistle Stop - Bowden, WV
Fat Fish Blue - Cleveland, OH
The Blue Gator - Athens, OH
Milestone''s - Rochester, NY
Nietzsche''s - Buffalo, NY
Forward Hall - Erie, PA
Murray''s Inn - Wilkes-Barre, PA
Beardslee Castle - Little Falls, NY
The Cell Block - Williamsport, PA
Ed''s Tap Room Shepardstown, WV
The Docksider - Erie, PA

Kent Stage (Kent,Oh)
Purdue University (Lafeyette,Indiana)
Crowbar (Penn. State University)
Lafayette Brewing Company (Lafayette,Indiana)
Fat Fish Blue (Cinn,Oh & Cleveland,Oh)
Decatuer Celebration (Decatur,ILL)
Apple Harvest Festival (Ithaca,NY 04)
Johnsontown Folk Festival (Johnsontown,PA 04)
Celebrate Erie(Erie,PA 03, 04)
Woodtick Music Festival (Hermansville,MI 04)
The Recipe Family Cookout (Acma,PA 04)
Wilberts (Cleveland,Oh)
2nd Annual Chalk walk (Franklinville,NY 04)
Jamestown Jammer Baseball Game (Jamestown,NY 04)
Great Blue Heron Music Festival (Sherman,NY 02,03,04)
Donna the Buffalo''s Finger Lakes Grassroots Music Festival (Trummansburg,NY 03,04)
Harvest Fest at The Chautauqua Ampitheater (Chautauqua,NY 03,04)
Clear Channel Downtown Music Series (Syracuse,NY 04)
Springfest (Connelsville,PA 03,04)
Lilac Festival (Rochester,NY 04)
Ralph Wilson Stadium/Buffalo Bills (Orchard Park,NY)
Waterstreet Music Hall (Rochester,NY)
Thursdays (Bridgewater,PA)
Club Infinity (Williamsville,NY)
Hollywood Beach Theatre (Hollywood,FL)

National Acts BLE has Performed With....

10,000 Maniacs
Donna the Buffalo
Del McCoury Band
Sam Bush
David Grisman
Micheal Glabicki (from Rusted Root)
Little Feat
Gin Blossoms
The Wailers
Max Creek
Jeff Austin (Yonder Mountain String Band)
Chris Constina (The Big Wu)
Dark Star Orchestra
Keller Williams
Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Los Lobos
The Horseflies

Last Update: Monday 1 November, 2004

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