Come out for top-notch authentic and energetic traditional bluegrass music in beautiful Ramsey Canyon. We will be playing October 21 and 22, 2 pm to 4 pm. Arizona Folklore Preserve in partnership with the University of Arizona hosts all kinds of great folk music. A wonderful day trip from anywhere in Southern Arizona. Or spend the weekend in the Huachuca Mountains, with lovely overnight accommodations nearby at the Ramsey Canyon Inn.
Part of our jam session with turbo-charged Cadillac Mountain. Thank you to Gaslight Music Hall for supporting bluegrass music in Tucson. What a great venue and lovely audience!
We're teaming up with Cadillac Mountain for the Gaslight Music Hall Bluegrass Jamboree, with special guest Billy Parker. Great venue, food, drinks, and fun show.
We will be back at Saguaro Corners August 5, with special guest Billy Parker on mandolin, guitar, and vocals. As always, banjo virtuoso Rudy Cortese will feature some of his original songs and instrumentals in addition to hard-driving traditional bluegrass and some vintage country. Our music is always top-notch, energetic, authentic, and family-friendly.
Last night, as we we finished our sound check, there was a sudden cloud burst. Thanks to the helpful staff at Saguaro Corners we covered, rescued and stowed our instruments and sound equipment, getting soaked to the skin in the process. By 6:45 the rain had cleared and a sizable audience materialized. So we had a blast playing acoustically until past closing time, about 9:15, soaking wet the whole time. Billy sang a song from his new CD and did a killer version of "I've Been All Around This World". Shannon sang "Slew Foot" and "Rocky Top" and played bass so hard her fingers were bleeding by the time we were done. I got to play some of my favorite Bill Monroe instrumentals like "Old Dangerfield" and "Jerusalem Ridge" plus old time fiddle tunes like "Back Up & Push" and "8th of January", Scotty Stonemason style. (Was surprised how many in the audience were up on hard-core bluegrass.) We took a request to do "Tennessee Waltz", that Billy fused with "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" while a couple danced. Rudy did several of his originals plus sang "Man of Constant Sorrow", doing awesome Dan Tyminski style guitar lead and accompaniment. Perhaps we'll change our name to the "New Soggy Bottom Boys" (persons?).
The amazing Billy Parker will join us as we return to Saguaro Corners July 15, 6 to 9 pm, in the shadow of Saguaro National Monument.
Nothing like bluegrass banjo to celebrate Independence Day!
In this live recording from the 1960s, the Kentucky Colonels are introduced as the best young bluegrass band in America. They certainly played bluegrass music at its best. Here is a great sample for your enjoyment with strident rapid-fire back-and-forth between Scotty Stoneman on fiddle, Clarence White on guitar, and Billy Ray Latham on banjo. Get the entire album if you can find it.
Thank you to those who go into harm's way so that others may live in freedom and the many who have given the ultimate sacrifice.
Train day at the Southern Arizona Transportation Museum. This is the first time we performed with a conductor. Train conductor that is. Bluegrass music, a scale model railroad operating nearby, demonstrations for kids, a cool & informative museum. And trains!!!
Rudy is looking a little too happy for a guy on a handcar trying to outrun a locomotive: