You, Me, Everybody is about gifting others their moment to shine, a celebration of the virtuosity of the individual and the camaraderie of coming together in a musical moment. Taking their inspiration from a range of musical styles, You, Me, Everybody start at bluegrass, weaving jazz, country and blues to create a dynamic sound that showcases the best of Americana.
Their backgrounds are as diverse as their ages and musical styles.
Prodigy brothers Laurence and Sam Frangos-Rhodes are famed for their contributions to Kiwi family band, RhodeWorks. Laurence not only plays but builds beautiful guitars and his songwriting crosses boundaries of effortless but mature in the same breath. Sam oozes musicality; he’ll pick up a mandolin, a fiddle or the double bass in a nonchalant manner but his talent quietly shatters the illusion of his youth.
Nat Torkington is the exceptional banjo picker normally a fixture in the Pipi Pickers. He is constantly pushing his own and his banjo’s boundaries while also encouraging other musicians to explore and challenge the bluegrass form.
Kim Bonnington has a heart and a voice of pure country. She is as comfortable at the centre of stage as she is as a backing vocalist and is known for her work as one half of Kim and Dusty and for providing harmonies for a range of NZ acts.
James Geluk is the musicians’ musician – a graduate of the NZ School of Music and a Tui Best NZ folk album winner for his work with the Frank Burkitt Band. A bass player who brings his jazz education to bluegrass, one audience member declared James’ fingers to be like spiders as they travelled their way around his bass.
Together, You, Me, Everybody celebrates the best of the myriad of talents that they possess. You’ll hear traditional bluegrass alongside experimental rhythms. Their musicianship will be evident from their control of their instruments as well as their close, soaring harmonies. You, Me, Everybody is the band to look and listen for.