The Page Turners — fiddler Carolyn Kendrick and mandolin player Jake Howard — have found a strong foothold on the acoustic music scene.
In September, Kendrick and Howard — who became friends while studying at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass., and started playing together in Berklee's American Roots program — won Best Duo at the 2016 Freshgrass Festival in Massachusetts.
Goofy friends who love barbecue and bluegrass, The Page Turners write sharp and adept original music and put new twists on old favorites. Their music is bluegrass, whiskey-fueled old-time, country music, swing and fearless songwriting blended into one all-purpose dose of old-fashioned roots music.
The duo's self-titled EP was released Thursday, May 25, with a kickoff part at The Back Room in Berkeley, California. The EP is available at pageturnersmusic.com, at ITunes, Spotify and Bandcamp.
The Page Turners will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 1, at La Baguette Music Cafe, 340 A St., Ashland, 541-482-0855.
Kendrick, now based in Boston, has fiddled her way across the U.S. one tune at a time. She grew up in Northern California with her family of Texan musicians, who knew from the beginning she'd be trouble on the music scene. From her early days of Suzuki violin to marching bands, then to bluegrass and Billie Holiday, Kendrick made herself at home with any music with a groove.
A graduate of Berklee College of Music and active in the school's American Roots program, Kendrick is a recipient of a Fletcher Bright Scholarship Award; she was a 2015 Freshgrass Fiddle Competition finalist; and she was a 2016 participant in an acoustic music seminar at the Savannah Music Festival, the latter being Georgia's largest musical arts event.
Kendrick's performed at such festivals as Grey Fox, the Three Sisters Festival and Newport Folk Festival, as well as endeavors abroad with the Nairobi Symphony. She's also shared stages with such artists as Bruce Molsky, Aoife O'Donovan, Joe Walsh and Darol Anger.
Howard "is a very tall guy who grew up to play a very tiny instrument," according to the duo's website.
A two-time participant in the acoustic music seminar at the Savannah Music Festival and a 2017 graduate from Berklee, Howard writes music galvanized by roots from around the globe. Music has taken him all over the country, yet it was in his hometown of Akron, Ohio, that he discovered bluegrass. Touted as the greatest bluegrass city of all time by some of its denizens, Howard joined his uncle's bluegrass band, The Blue Ribbon Bluegrass Band, and played mandolin for several years. He recorded two albums with Blue Ribbon and played countless gigs around the northeastern part of the U.S.
Howard studied mandolin and American roots music at Berklee, mentored by such greats as Joe Walsh, Maeve Gilchrist, David Wallace and Matt Glaser. He plays regularly at bluegrass festivals across the nation, with groups The Page Turners and Wrong is Right.