About Val Mindel & Gene Yellin
Gene Yellin is well known in the New York bluegrass world as both a singer and a guitar player. He’s played and recorded with such luminaries as the late Hazel Dickens and Gene Lowinger (former fiddler with Bill Monroe) and has been in a number of bands including Breakfast Special (Kenny Kosek, Tony Trischka, Andy Statman, etc.), Yellin Grass (with brother Bob), and Hudson Valley favorite, American Flyer (Ben Freed, Ethan Kende, Phil Zimmerman) for many years from the late ’80s through 2007.
Val Mindel is a founding member of the Any Old Time string band out of California (Arhoolie label: “I bid you goodnight”) and has performed and taught various aspects of bluegrass and country harmony for years, at Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music and at music camps and workshops around the country and abroad. Currently she is teaching country harmony at Jalopy in Brooklyn. She frequently works with daughter Emily Miller of the Sweetback Sisters. You can hear Val and Emmy online at www.valandemmy.com.
Kenny Kosek is a renowned bluegrass fiddler and veteran of such bands as Country Cooking, Breakfast Special, Bill Keith and Tony Trischka. In addition, he has worked with artists as diverse as Laurie Anderson, Steve Goodman, John Denver, James Taylor, Jerry Garcia, Loudon Wainwright III and The New Blue Velvet Band and is the author of the book “Bluegrass Fiddle Styles” (Oak Publications). His solo CD, “Angelwood,” is on Rounder Records.
Ethan Kende is well known in the New York tri-state area for his outstanding driving country and bluegrass bass playing. Ethan has performed with Roger Sprung and the Progressive Bluegrassers, the John Herald Band, Mike Burns and North Country, and
Orrin Star and the Sultans of String, among others. He's performed at The White House, Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, and Ralph Stanley’s Hills of Home Bluegrass Festival.