Program Details

America's Music: From Plymouth Rock to Rock & Roll

Matthew Sabatella and the Rambling String Band
Music / History
Video Catch-up

Course Description

Matthew Sabatella and the Rambling String Band take you on a journey that connects traditional folk songs, spirituals, work songs, fiddle tunes, Appalachian music, ragtime, blues, rhythm and blues, jazz, old-time country, bluegrass, and early rock & roll. Before the United States declared independence, songs and musical styles were brought to the New World by British colonists, African slaves, and immigrants from different parts of the world. New songs and styles grew out of encounters between these diverse people as well as the unique American experience itself. As America changed, grew, and pushed its boundaries, so did the music. The program includes relevant historical images projected in the background. “Rare is the event that engages both me and my young ones in a genuine way.” Sun-Sentinel

About the Instructor

  • With vocals, guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, and bass fiddle, Matthew Sabatella and the Rambling String Band connect people with music that is woven into the fabric of the United States. Raised on a variety of rock and pop music forms from the second half of the twentieth century, the band members followed the influences of their musical heroes back in time to unearth a treasure trove of American roots music. They perform and record these songs with respect for their essence and place in history while imbuing them with a vitality and intensity that betrays their rock and roll upbringing. The band is always a favorite at festivals, concert halls, corporate events, listening rooms, cultural/performing arts centers, private parties, house concerts, nightclubs, coffeehouses, and online events. The band features Sabatella on vocals, guitar, banjo, and mountain dulcimer; Jack Stamates on fiddle; Chris DeAngelis on bass fiddle and vocals; and Sean Edelson on mandolin, guitar, and vocals.