Bluestone 739 is all about rendering classic old time American folk, bluegrass, and good time mountain music, with some original songs thrown in. We are often joined by other like-minded musicians who enjoy getting in on the fun.
Bluestone 739 takes its name from the blue stone quarried from the Appalachian mountains. Route 739 is the country road that goes past Hemlock Farms in Pennsylvania where we began playing music together.
Liz Taub, mandolin, fiddle and vocals, a.k.a. Violizzy, began her musical training in the NYC public schools. She's an eclectic performer who, in addition to Bluestone 739, currently plays with Mar Sala Band, The Moon Goddess Band, and the UN Symphony Orchestra. Check out her Facebook Violizzy page for more information.
Maren Swenson Waxenberg, baritone ukulele and vocals, is an NEA Grant recipient who toured with The Plain People throughout the Midwest. She's appeared in NYC at the The Triad, Sidewalk, Hill Country BBQ, 78 Below, the Metropolitan Club, Caravan of Dreams, Greenwich Village Bistro, West End Lounge and Birdland.
Dan Marcus, banjo, guitar, vocals, has played banjo in bluegrass bands in Boston, upstate New York, southern California, and for the last 6 years, the Poconos. He also plays guitar and dabbles on the mandolin. He sings baritone and occasionally lead when allowed.
Ron Penska, upright bass, train whistle special effect, has been a fixture on the Northeast bluegrass scene for years. He is an original member of The Dishonest Fiddlers, bassist for bluegrass legend Louie Setzer for over 30 years, and is the host of Hillbilly Heaven heard weekly on WJFFradio.org