The Evil City String Band grew out of the vibrant old time Appalachian music scene that exists in and around the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. More specifically, Ithaca and Trumansburg have been home to a large number of musicians who play traditional, as well as original music.

The Evil City String Band delivers a high octane mix of traditional and original tunes and song. Their unique sounds reflect a deep understanding of old-time and country music. The group features five established artists: Richie Stearns (banjo and lead singer) is a legendary founding member of the Horse Flies, and tours and records with Natalie Merchant and Carrie Rodriguez. He has recently come out with a solo cd featuring his own compositions. Rosie Newton (fiddle) collaborates with Stephanie Jenkins in the Pearly Snaps and occasionally appears with the Mammals. Steve Selin (fiddle) plays with the Hogwashers and Evil City Trio. Pat Burke (guitar) performs with Gregor Sayet-Bone in the Country Blues duo, Burke and Bone. Ethan Jodziewicz (bass) is currently studying Double Bass Performance at Ithaca College.

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Richie Stearns and Rosie Newton are also involved in a project with Tenzin Chopak, called Rockwood Ferry.