John & Orion Kribs
August 10 @ 6:30 pm
Our Story: A Family Tradition
John Kribs has been performing professionally for over 40 years. After touring the “coffeehouse circuit” during the mid seventies, he formed the “Racquette River Rounders” with award winning guitarist Danny Gotham and bassist Michael Hadfield. This “eclectic string band” toured the Eastern U.S. and Northeast heavily and released two critically acclaimed albums for Adirondack Records. Later, during the 1980s, as leader of the rockabilly-tinged “Johnny and The Triumphs”, John hit the top of the “American Play” charts in several French cities with “Johnny & The Triumphs”, the band’s eponymous first LP. Their signature song “Red Belvedere”, written by John, was also featured on National Public Radio’s “Car Talk”. In the 1990s he was a member of the award winning Celtic/Bluegrass Band “The McKrells”. He has toured the U.S., Canada, Denmark and Norway, and opened shows for Robert Cray, Arlo Guthrie, Joe Cocker and many others. He is also the founder/owner of Blue Line Recordings, host of “The Community Café Music Hour” radio show, and Chairman of The Southern Adirondack Musicians Fund.
Orion Kribs grew up in a small town outside of Saratoga, on the southern edge of the Adirondacks. From an early age, his family surrounded him with music and professional musicians, leaving a profound influence on his style and plans for his own professional future. Orion began playing guitar and bass in his father’s bands at the age of 14, while simultaneously honing his skills as a talented trombonist. While in school, Orion would go on to become a founding member of a popular barbershop quartet program, which still continues at Corinth High School, as well as performing with concert choirs, chamber singers, blues band ensembles, and taking more than one spin at everything from classical guitar and cello lessons to jazz improvisation and the music of the Caribbean. After studying Music Industry, Anthroplogy, and Audio Arts at SUNY Oneonta, he studied Music Management at Rock City in Hultsfred, Sweden, through the Kalmar Baltic Business School. As a member of eclectic, folk-rock ensemble “Black Mountain Symphony”, Orion toured the U.S. and released two full-length albums. In addition to building a reputation as an accomplished mandolin player, Orion continues to make a career as a songwriter, musician, and private music instructor, as well as performing with his father, John.
In 2008, the father-and-son team won a place on the prestigious MUSIC HEARD UPNORTH, a 3-disc compilation released by North Country Public Radio, with “Lipstick Stains”, a song written by Orion. In addition to performing as “John and Orion Kribs”, the duo also perform and record with several other popular groups together, including “The McKrells”, “The Bluebillies”, “The Trophy Husbands”, and occasional stints as “Adrenaline Pumpkin” (also featuring National Banjo Champion Chris Leske), and long time favorites “Johnny & The Triumphs”, “Johnny’s Cascades Full Moon Big Band”, and “The Racquette River Rounders”.
“We’re basically just two musical guys, who happen to be father and son, and the best of friends, doing what we love to do.”