Cole Quest and The City Pickers are a group of New York City musicians connected by friendship and a love of bluegrass. Cole Quest, grandson of the folk icon Woody Guthrie, has brought together a collection of eclectic pickers who have gained recognition on the local scene. Performing both Quest's original tunes as well as traditional favorites, The City Pickers bring their special brand of high-spirited talent to the stage, with up-beat, knee slapping energy and a high lonesome sound that'll leave you wanting more.
After recording at NYC's renowned Magic Shop studio, by Grammy award winning producer Steve Rosenthal, they released their debut album in late July. Having shared bills with acts such as Sierra Hull, Sarah Jaroz, Billy Strings & Don Julin, The Brothers Comatose, The Lil Smokies, Whiskey Shivers, Old Salt Union, The Lonely Heartstring Band, Willie Watson, Blind Boy Paxton and Michael Daves, you can catch them playing all over the northeast region.
"What a crack team of pickers and voices you have put together. Great dobro playing, world class harmonica...skies the limit when you get a band as good as this."
Ketch Secor / Old Crow Medicine Show
"You’ve got to see this band live! Their catchy playing and endearing personal dynamic will make you sit up & listen, tap your toes (maybe even get up and dance), and bring a big grin to your face. They make great old fashioned good time music in a modern and highly accessible way. And they just keep getting better and better!"
Maggi Landau / Artistic Director for Roots Music, Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts
"It's clear that while he embraces much of Woody's legacy, Cole is very successfully forging his own path in music."
John Platt / WFUV
"The ensemble is packed with individual talent and each musician exhibited virtuosic skill...What makes them special, however, is their sheer energy and exuberance. Here with Cole Quest and The City Pickers, the fun-index was in overdrive. These young players enjoyed themselves immensely for every second of their three hour show, and so did we. A band worth catching! Look out for Cole Quest and The City Pickers."
Frank Matheis / Music Journalist & Radio Producer
"Cole Quest and the City Pickers spread the good word of Bluegrass through clever original songs and a vast library of classics. Their unbridled energy, tight harmonies and instrumental virtuosity will turn you into a believer in the good book of acoustic roots music."
Steve Danielsson / Feast Of Music
"I fully attest that there is nothing quite like their live dynamic. The chemistry here is incredibly potent as musical ideas and gestures shared across the ensemble prove a unique familiarity...This motley cast of characters places heart behind every note. A worthwhile listen to a number of New York's "up-and-coming" folk personalities."
Nick Horner / Porch Stomp
"This year I made sure to catch a showcase of theirs and was not disappointed. I had high expectations and they exceeded them...These guys can energize a crowd on a visceral level while displaying remarkable musicianship and songwriting."
Gordon Nash / Wise Madness
"Cole's music seems deeply rooted in his own perspective of the world and comes across as authentic. If you see one concert this summer make sure it's Cole Quest and The City Pickers"
Chris Pizzolo / Queens Scene Music
"Like a young romantic interlude, it's hot, it's tight, it's exciting and it leaves the crowd wanting more! They're like your very first dalliance in the musical arena of love! They'll leave you breathless and confused but satiated and spent!"
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