Andersen and Shane Lamphier are
the backbone of Paso Fino, "the five piece acoustic duo" that calls the
fertile musical ground of Ithaca, NY their home. Bringing together soundscapes
of South America and East Genoa, NY, Paso Fino's music is a swirling
mix of Latin, folk, blues, rock, and whatever else it drinks in from
the surrounding waters...
Shane got his start as a teenager playing mandolin in the Bubba George
String Band with friends Jeb Puryear, Jordan Puryear, and Richie
Stearns (also of The Horse Flies).
You can still catch them opening the Fingerlakes GrassRoots Festival of
Music & Dance
in Trumansburg, NY every year! From there, they all went on to help form Donna
the Buffalo. Shane was the original drummer for the band, where
he recorded and toured for 7 years. He can also be found on Donna the Buffalo
lead singer Tara Nevins' Mule to Ride, playing
In 1993, Shane and Diana first played together in the band Boojum Twist, an electric outfit. From there, the two went on to tour and record with Good Dog Bad Dog. While in this band, the duo opted to branch out and record Mystified, an acoustic side project that truly served as the birth of Paso Fino.
For their I-Town Records
debut, Should've Bought a Pony, Diana and Shane relied on the
Ithaca-area music community to put the finishing touches on the
songs. There are special guest performances scattered throughout,
Nevins (Donna the Buffalo) on electric fiddle; Bill King
(Jennie Stearns Band) on drums; June
Drucker (The Horse Flies) on bass and ashiko drum; and Peter
of The Horse Flies) on trumpet.
album, Paso Fino garnered a bevy of solid airplay across the
country at college, community, and AAA stations that report to CMJ and FMQB,
such as WNCW, WUMB, and WFHB.
The band also hit #25 on the Folk Music Chart
in the Roots Music Report. The closing song
of Should've Bought a Pony, "On the Outside," appeared
in the motion picture "The Year That Trembled," released in 2003.
The opening song, "Fiery Ride," was featured in three episodes
Knock First, a reality TV show for teens on the ABC
then, Paso Fino has been playing around
the Northeast, with Jim Armstrong,
Nick Papador, Levy
Lorenzo on percussion, and Kristin Sharkey on
harmony vocals. They perform annually at GrassRoots, where this
year they shared the stage with Los Lobos, Jim Lauderdale, and The
Johnny Dowd Band,
Now, Paso Fino has just released their much-anticipated second
album on I-Town Records, Into the Cactus Plain. Honing
the knife's edge balance between clarity and complexity of sound,
intensely rhythmic, with evocative lyrics, soulful guitar work,
and powerful voices, this album will take you on a journey to plumb
the depths of your heart's desire.
"The Latin influenced guitar licks & rhythms which roll off Shane's steel and nylon strung guitars, and
Diana's powerful expressive voice, are a natural combination... It is mystifying that they can create such
rich,complex music with so few instruments."
(Beth Wolf, Ithaca Times)
"Great voices and tight songs...Shane's guitar playing is...masterful, to say nothing of fun
to listen to... The feeling is there. Faith in the message of the lyrics.
Tunes so tightly put together...Simply good music."
(Adirondack Daily Enterprise)
"The playing, singing and production on "Should've Bought a Pony" are top-notch... Andersen's voice is in
the upper-alto range, well-suited to the material - a little raspy when called for, or with a catch in the right
places... As a songwriter she has a talent to be reckoned with."
(Gary Whitehouse/Peter Massey, GreenmanReview.com)
"I cannot say what is more impressive: the writing or the singing & playing."
(Marilyn Beyer, Music Director WUMB/Boston)
"This is a CD you put in your personal rotation, not on the shelf.
And they're here live at GrassRoots, which is a gift."
(Fingerlakes GrassRoots Festival Program)
beginning to seek more, from the best kept secret that is Paso
Fino." (Loudon Temple, Maverick
Into the Cactus Plain and Should've Bought a Pony are available through pasofinomusic.com