on Lambeth Live
Friday, November 15, 2013
8-9 pm (edt)
Chase’s Lament is a bluegrass band based in central Virginia. Led by Jeff Vogelgesang and Zack Deming, they draw material and inspiration from tradition, modern times and their own experiences and interests as musicians. Playing anything from Bill Monroe to Bruce Springsteen, as well as many originals, they are able to adapt songs to fit their sound. While not being slaves to tradition, the goal of the band is to create bluegrass music that is familiar and approachable, but also new and fresh at the same time. Vogelgesang and Deming were part of the Virginia Ramblers, a group that came together after Alvin Breeden retired from the Virginia Cutups. They were members of the Virginia Ramblers for seven plus years before moving on to form Chase's Lament.
Jeff is originally from Columbus, Ohio, and gained experience working in the many small bluegrass clubs in that area. He is primarily a mandolin player, but is also an excellent guitar player of many styles and has a distinctive lead singing voice and is able to sing any harmony part needed. After relocating to Virginia, he spent 20 years playing mandolin and singing with the late, award winning banjo player Alvin Breeden and his band The Virginia Cut-Ups. Jeff and his mother make a wonderful songwriting team and several of their songs are featured in Chase’s shows.
Zack, originally from a small rural town in Michigan, started playing guitar in high school and later went on to learn to play the banjo and can play three-finger style or the older clawhammer style. His smooth vocal delivery was learned from to his father sing in church and along with the oldies radio station. Zack does most of the lead singing and rhythm guitar playing in Chase’s Lament.
Chase’s Lament is a versatile band and can play as a duet with Jeff and Zack, or, up to a full five piece bluegrass band by incorporating top notch musicians from the surrounding area.