January 24, 2016

Photo Shoot

It’s winter in upstate NY and there’s still no snow on the ground. Yesterday we decided to take advantage of the near miss by winter storm Jonas and go on a little adventure. We did some urban hiking through various abandoned industrial buildings to scout out some future locations for our band Fight Club nights. (We’ve found it helps to relieve aggression before long road trips.) Luckily our friends Gigi and Kelly came along to take some photos of the excursion. We’ll have the pictures up very soon, so check back here and on facebook!

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January 4, 2016

Happy New Year Everyone!

It was an epic 2015 with lots of good times and great jams. We’ve gone through some changes, made some new friends and we can’t wait to keep rocking in 2016.

We’re taking our time recovering from the holidays and relaxing by the fire but we’ll be back with great parties at the end of the month. Don’t miss out on our first ski trip of the season on January 29th at Grizzly’s Stratton Mtn! Then the next day we’re raging in Albany at the Hollow with Big Mean Sound Machine!

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December 20, 2015

Black Mountain Symphony Rocks Syracuse

We had a great time last week in Syracuse NY at Funk ‘n Waffles Downtown.  It was awesome listening to Steve Scuteri and chowing down on some tasty waffles.  We a saw a ton of good friends including Lori Newcomb who took some fantastic pictures.

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November 4, 2015

Forthcoming EP

Tapes are soon to roll for our forthcoming EP.  Look for it when the days grow.
Walk to the edge

look in your eyes

you say, health “Goodbye,”

i say “Goodbye”

world turns to night

you turn and sigh

i turn and cry


all i see

is fallin in

to the sea



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June 1, 2015


Welcome to blackmountainsymphony.com.   Watch the new video, generic check out the tunes, and come see us live.  Rinse. Repeat.




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February 2, 2015

Snowed in…

Hey Kids,

Black Mountain Symphony are officially snowed in, enjoying hearth and home, and writing new tunes for your groovy enjoyment.  Lookin’ forward to catching up with you all after the ice melts!

Until then, enjoy the new record and know that more is on the way.

Go dtí sin,


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September 14, 2014

BMS to Release Highly Anticipated Sophomore Album

It’s finally here! On September 19th Americana folk-pop band, Black Mountain Symphony, will release their sophomore album entitled Drawn in the Sand. Drawn in the SandThe 11-track CD showcases the band’s talent and diversity pulling from many different musical genres including bluegrass, Americana, folk, and pop. Drawn in the Sand will be released to the public at two very special CD-release parties. The first will take place on Friday, September 19th at Harmony Music in Woodstock, NY and will feature very special guest The Lucky Jukebox Brigade. The second will be on Saturday, October 4th at the Parish Public House (formerly Red Square) in Albany, NY. Additional details for both shows can be found on the TOUR page.

In the meantime, please enjoy “Halfway to the Moon” from Drawn in the Sand!

“Halfway to the Moon” from Drawn in the Sand

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September 15, 2013

The Band

Black Mountain Symphony showcases an eclectic range of influences, pills blended together to create their own special sound. From baroque classical violin and haunting folk-tinged ballads to funk-rock drums and hard-hitting dance numbers, there the five piece band sprinkles their live sets with hints of everything from classical music to bits of Motown, order blues and jazz.

Whether touring nationally or performing at their favorite local digs, this up-and-coming group of young musicians features a roundtable of powerful lead vocals and harmonies that dance with captivating violin lines and soar over stunning soundscapes, shaped by years of classical training infused with an irresistible love for musical roots and a fresh, ultramodern mentality.

Evocative of such artists as Fleetwood Mac, The Corrs, Yes, Belle & Sebastian, Damien Rice, Guster and The Dave Matthews Band, the group implements the same skill and vision on cover tunes as they do in their own carefully crafted compositions, and in the process manage to capture something unique and refreshing… This is Black Mountain Symphony.

“Many CD’s will claim to defy a specific genre label, but Black Mountain Symphony’s redefines eclectic here. The music combines synthesized rock grooves with classic jazz rhythms and you don’t have to listen too closely to hear Americana and bluegrass elements here either. Evidence of the rich diverse nature is found on their CD baby page, where in addition to samples of their eleven original songs you’ll find the music recommended to both fans of the sounds of Fleetwood Mac and Yes. Enough said.” -Arthur Gonick (Pulse, Saratoga Today)


‘Redefining Eclectic!’ 5/5 Stars
“An often over used buzzword, “eclectic” finds a real home in the description of this band. The cd is polished & offers an impressive range of musical genres. Their live performances bring all ages & bring out the dancer in all of us. When a middle aged woman like me feels right as rain dancing with the dred head, jam band loving stranger next to me….well, you just know BMS is on to something special. Catch them now, so you can boast to your friends one day that you saw this soon to be super group ‘back when’.” -”Coleen” (via CD Baby Reviews)

‘Awesome Album!’ 5/5 Stars
“I had the pleasure of discovering Black Mountain Symphony when my friends’ band opened for them one night. I can honestly say that I was blown away by their performance. The music is catchy and they are very talented musicians. I’ve recommended this album to every one I know and so far, I haven’t heard a single complaint. Check it out – you won’t be disappointed.” -”Tam” (via CD Baby Reviews)

“One thing great about this group: they fit so many areas. No one’s out there like Black Mountain Symphony, these guys are unique… The champagne of eclectic music… It’s wonderful! I mean it throws you, because you think bluegrass one minute and then the violin comes in and then the keyboard comes in and then it sounds completely different. It’s so wonderful! I don’t mean to go on and on, but I’m really becoming a really big fan. I just have never heard anything like it. It’s wonderful, it’s refreshing and it’s not a softdrink.” -Stephanie Fisher (New Voices, NYTalkRadio.net)

“Opening for the Texans was the similarly unclassifiable quasi-Albany-based 6-piece, Black Mountain Symphony. Their opening number featured some beautiful violin and an instrument I can only describe as some sort of Native American v-shaped flute. Their music moved from punk-esque high energy rock to borderline folk music to pop rock to jazz. All of the band members doubled their duties, either playing multiple instruments or taking lead vocals at various times. Drummer Bill Palinski showed charisma in his between song banter rarely seen in local musicians. The band’s sound is refreshing and unique and, though it wasn’t even remotely similar to The Black and White Years, they were a good fit as a second act. If nothing else, bass and guitar combo Orion and C. Rollz provided the facial hair to complement the Texans. In the end, it was a night of mustaches and madness; beer, bass, and beats; great tunes and new friendships forged.” -Randy Rose (The Knickerbocker Ledger, KnickLedger.com)


WEQX 102.7 FM The Real Alternative – Manchester/Albany
WEXT 97.7 FM The Exit – Albany/Amsterdam
WKBE 100.3 FM The Point – Warrensburg/Glens Falls
WHRL 103.1 FM Albany’s New Rock Alternative – Albany
WZMR 104.9 FM The New Edge – Albany
WNYQ Q101.7 FM Classic Hits – Glens Falls
WRPI 91.5 FM The Upstate Underground (College Radio) – Troy
WSPN 91.1 FM Skidmore College Radio – Saratoga Springs
WGFR 92.7 FM The Revolution (College Radio) – Glens Falls/Queensbury

ARTISTS (We’ve Played With):

Rusted Root, Ryan Montbleau Band, The Black and White Years, Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds, Days of the New, The Dear Hunter, We Are Scientists, Civil Twilight, Locksley, The Sleeping, Consider the Source, Railbird, Euforquestra, Vesper, Lunic, Wounded Buffalo Theory & others


Whether performing nationally in cities such as Austin, New Orleans, Denver, Cleveland, Tampa, Savannah, Boston or New York, or performing at their favorite local digs, Black Mountain Symphony thrives on festivals, nightclubs and concert venues as diverse as The Egg (Albany’s center for the performing arts which houses performances as varied as They Might Be Giants, EmmyLou Harris, and the New York City Ballet) and Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs (widely considered the oldest continuously running coffeehouse in the U.S., this famed remnant of the 1960s Folk Revival has hosted such artists of note as Bob Dylan, Arlo Guthrie, and Annie DiFranco).

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