String Therapy to perform

Published 10:04 am Wednesday, April 20, 2016

The Ironton Council for the Arts will conclude its 2015-2016 Subscription Concert Series with a performance by the Lancaster-based String Therapy bluegrass band at 7 p.m. on Saturday at Ohio University Southern.

The concert will take place outdoors on the Shafer Courtyard with the Bowman Auditorium as an alternate venue in case of inclement weather. Tickets are $10 and will be available on site. Ohio University Southern students are admitted free with ID.

The band features a local connection with Dave Bond (guitar) and Josh Click (bass), both hailing from Ironton.

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“Our heroes are Tony Rice, Sam Bush and Jerry Douglas, Bela Fleck, New Grass Revival,” Dobro player Bob Kelley said. “That’s how we met, just playing that type of music.”

String Therapy was formed in 2001 and is primarily a bluegrass band, but also plays an occasional rock song, such as a Beatles or an Allman Brothers Band tune. The band plays both original and cover tunes.

There are several factors which make a good bluegrass band, Kelley said.

“It’s definitely the drive and the timing that separates bluegrass from anything,” he said. “You’ve got to have good timing or it just falls apart because there is no drummer. The mandolin holds the backbeat, or the downbeat, opposite the bass. And if the rhythm section isn’t locked in, it all just kind of falls apart. It’s as brutally honest of music as you can get.”

Besides Kelley, String Therapy features Brandon Shuping, mandolin and vocals; Todd Sams on banjo and vocals; and Josh Click on bass and vocals.

String Therapy is involved with Musicians Against Childhood Cancer, which is a charity for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The band plays at a benefit festival in Columbus each July for the event. String Therapy formed when Kelley and the Bond met during one of the early years of the charity.

Log onto the band’s Facebook page at for more information about String Therapy.