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Bucks County bluegrass band to perform toe-tapping harmonies

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Three-part harmonies and hot, hard-driving instrumentals will pair with Crossing Vineyards’ wines on June 27 when Bucks County-based Borderline takes the stage as part of the Upper Makefield Township winery’s Summer Wine and Music Series.

Featuring husband and wife duo Bob and Terry Sutor, Borderline Bluegrass Band’s melodies evoke a type of bluegrass that’s not quite “newgrass,” yet not restrained by traditional boundaries.

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Besides Bob (banjo, guitar and vocals) and Terry (bass and vocals), Borderline is comprised of Bob Harris (guitar and vocals) and Vic Damico (mandolin, fiddle and vocals).

“The band is all about driving, exciting, foot-tapping music,” Terry Sutor said. “The audience is taken on a musical journey that they will want to ride again and again.”

The quartet’s June 27 performance comes on the heels of a new CD released this spring, according to Terry Sutor. The songs are a mixture of “high energy bluegrass and softer tunes, featuring tight bluegrass harmonies and amazing instrumentation,” she said.

Borderline has performed at a multitude of bluegrass festivals, concert settings, park venues, and clubs.

Bob Sutor is an award-winning banjo player who has been mastering his craft for more than 36 years. In addition to performing with Borderline, he has recorded banjo with other artists whose music styles include reggae to rock.

Terry Sutor’s voice has power for that high lonesome sound in traditional bluegrass, as well as lilting softness for ballads or gospel. She has won vocal competitions throughout the East Coast.

Harris is an international flat-picking champion who has traveled and performed with such music greats as Vassar Clements and Eddie Raven.

Damico is an extraordinary mandolin and fiddle player whose powerful vocals keep the harmonies tight and dead on.

The Summer Wine and Music Series, which this year is being sponsored by Celebrity Cruises, will continue with five additional concerts through Sept. 12.
If you go
The 7 p.m. concert at the winery, 1853 Wrightstown Road in Upper Makefield Township, also features cheese and Crossing’s award-winning wines for purchase by the bottle or glass. Concert-goers can bring their own food, but outside beverages are not permitted. Limited seating is available on a tent-covered patio. Wine Club Members may reserve table seating in advance. Patrons are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.
Admission is $10 in advance, $15 at the gate. All concerts will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The remaining Summer Wine & Music Series concerts will be held as follows:

July 18 – Jazz Night: Featuring Larry McKenna and Warren Vaché: (new)
July 25 – The Eric Mintel Quartet: Jazz
Aug. 1 – The Mango Men: Rock, Pop and Country, Island Style
Aug. 8 – Jessica Martindale: Nashville Country Singer/ Songwriter (new)
Sept. 12 – The Fabulous Greaseband: Best Rock & Roll Dance Music from the 50s to the 90s

For more information or to purchase tickets, call Crossing at 215-493-6500 Ext. 19, or visit www.crossingvineyards.com.

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Mike Berman