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:
Trains!! We will be back to the Southern Arizona Transportation Museum May 13, 2017, 1 pm to 3 pm. Right in front of Locomotive 1673, where this picture was taken. Last time we had an encounter with Thomas the Tank Engine and Sir Topham Hat, it's a splendid railroad indeed. A family-friendly event, admission is free.
Our founding leader, Mark Krider came to visit in Tucson, April 22, 2017. Here we are at Saguaro Corners savoring a beautiful Tucson night of bluegrass music and good food. It was great having two banjo masters Mark Krider and Rudy Cortese playing twin banjos. Special guests Jaysyn Slayde on banjo and Doc Lundy on mandolin joined us onstage for a few tunes and we had three banjos going at once.
Come out to The gaslight music hall in oro valley. We're tag-teaming with the titan valley warheads for a great show!
*Featuring bands Scattered Grass and The Titan Valley Warheads
Tuesday, April 18, 6PM
-Tickets are only $12.50 general admission!
-Food, beer, wine, spirits, ice cream, Grandma Tony's Pizza are all served at the table at an additional cost.
At The Gaslight Music Hall in Oro Valley (not the east side location)
13005 N. Oracle Rd., Oro Valley, AZ 85739
Get your tickets at #520-529-1000 or at www.gaslightmusichall.com