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Last Train to Zinkov

With violin, viola, banjo, and vocals, Last Train to Zinkov creates sparkling folk music that tells of the beauty and peace of home, of delight and sadness and the wild human emotions inherent in living and dying. David and Nathan Gusakov, father and son, play with a lively, toe-tapping touch, sing with mournful sensitivity, and exhibit a creative chemistry that can only be born of a lifetime of relationship. Their original songs and compositions reflect their love of traditional American old-time music, gypsy jazz and swing, and their own Eastern European roots.

David Gusakov arrived in Vermont in 1973, joining the Vermont Symphony that year and bluegrass/swing band Pine Island the next. In the intervening 42 years he has been a full-time musician, playing with such groups as the Midnite Plowboys, Redwing, Will Patton Ensemble, Swing Noire, and Michele Choiniere.  At home in a wide variety of genres, he brings improvisatory flair and depth of feeling to everything he plays. 

Nathan Gusakov lives in Lincoln, Vermont, near the headwaters of the New Haven River, where he makes his living as a carpenter, sugarmaker, and musician. Nate is self-taught on the banjo, and his first album of all-original music, Running Clear (2011), received praise for its “stellar clawhammer-style banjo and rich lyricism” (Jamie Masefield, Jazz Mandolin Project). www.nategusakov.com