Zinkov: a small village in rural Ukraine, and the ancestral hometown of the Gusakov family. David and Nathan Gusakov, father and son, play original songs and old tunes about life and death and the beauty of the hills, featuring clawhammer banjo, fiddle, and family harmonies.
David Gusakov arrived in Vermont in 1973, joining the Vermont Symphony that year and bluegrass/swing band Pine Island the next. In the intervening 45 years he has been a full-time musician, playing with such groups as Banjo Dan & the Midnite Plowboys, Redwing, Swing Shift, Will Patton Ensemble, Swing Noire, and Michele Choinere. Whether on violin or viola, David is at home in a wide variety of genres and brings improvisatory flair and depth of feeling to everything he plays.
Nathan Gusakov lives with his family in Lincoln, VT near the headwaters of the New Haven river, where he makes his living as a carpenter and musician. Self-taught on the banjo, Nate has played and recorded with many contemporary Vermont musicians including Katie Trautz & the Tall Boys, Jamie Masefield, The Welterweights, and The Bengsons. Nate’s banjo tunes are firmly rooted in lively Appalachian old-time; his songs and singing give voice to the sadness and delight of being alive.