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The Northside Southpaws: Bio

Hailing from Chicago, The Northside Southpaws are an entirely unique, all-left-handed mandolin/guitar duo who perform high-energy string ragtime, old-time country, "proto-grass", and turn-of-the-century waltzes on left-handed resonator instruments.

On their debut cd, STOMP GLIDE WOBBLE (2008), duo partners John Hasbrouck (mandolin) and Matt Gandurski (guitar) crank out their interpretations of classic string band tunes from the 1920s and '30s by such acts as The Mississippi Mud Steppers, The Monroe Brothers, The Scottdale String Band, and The Three Stripped Gears.

Mandolin Magazine called STOMP GLIDE WOBBLE "...brilliant...one of the best mandolin CDs of the year, filled with an unspoiled sound and infectious enthusiasm that will win over fans from bluegrass, jazz and swing, blues and other styles." (Spring, 2008).

Sing Out! magazine said "This much anticipated CD by the Northside Southpaws was well worth the wait. (STOMP GLIDE WOBBLE) features the pair on a fascinating mixture of archaic ragtime and hillbilly, early jazz and blues, proto-grass and other string band material played with an unspoiled, back-porch fluency that skips the pyrotechnics and possesses an enthusiasm that's bound to perk a listener's ears." (September, 2008).

John Hasbrouck's debut solo fingerstyle guitar CD, ICE CREAM, was cited by ACOUSTIC GUITAR as one of the "Top CDs of 2002". John teaches guitar and mandolin privately and is on staff at The Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago.

Matt Gandurski is an accomplished songwriter and fingerstyle guitarist with several solo releases to his credit. He teaches guitar at The Beverly Arts Center on Chicago's south side and is an in-demand lead player on Chicago's country music scene.