2019 Durango Meltdown Lineup
April 12, 13, and 14, 2019
Songs from the Road Band
Songs From The Road Band is a North Carolina based supergroup featuring Mark Schimick, Charles Humphrey, Ryan Cavenaugh, Sam Wharton, and James Schlender. Collectively, they have received top accolades in the bluegrass, Americana, and jazz genres. The band’s fourth studio album, Road To Nowhere,is due out in the spring of 2018 and they will be touring heavily in support of the release.
Humphrey is an IBMA award & Grammy recipient. He has also garnered a spot in the NC Music Hall of Fame. Schimick has soared to the top of the progressive and jamgrass scene alongside legends Larry Keel, Vassar Clements, and Tony Rice. Cavanaugh has made his long-awaited return to bluegrass after 10 years of touring the world with jazz great Bill Evans and his Soulgrass project. He has been acknowledged by Bela Fleck as an acoustic pioneer on the 5 string banjo. The Road Band delivers a high energy show full of original material from their 4 studio albums, unmatched instrumental prowess, and creative covers!
Larry Keel Experience
Larry Keel is described by music critics and reviewers as the most powerful, innovative and all-out exhilarating acoustic flatpicking guitarist performing today. Keel has absorbed the best lessons from his Bluegrass family upbringing, both sides deeply steeped in the rich mountain music culture and heritage of Southwest Virginia. From there, he has always integrated that solid musical grounding and natural-born talent with his own incomparable approach to playing amplified, acoustic guitar and composing original music. He’s also got a knack for choosing interesting and appealing material from all realms of music with guts, whether it’s a tune written by a fellow song-writer/musician friend, or a surprise cover from any number of musical acts all over the map. The combination is pretty irresistible, and has earned Keel the highest respect and billing among the top acoustic and jam rock musicians alive, and some now gone: Tony Rice, Chris Thile, Steve Martin, Tim O’Brien, Vassar Clements, Sam Bush, Del McCoury, John Hartford, Bill Monroe, Peter Rowan, and Danny Barnes to name a few.
And his fierce, high-spirited energy also appeals to young rockers, jammers and alt-country pickers and fans who are equally drawn to Keel’s blazing guitar power, the deep rumbling voice, his earthy and expansive song-writing, and his down-home-gritty-good-time charm. Keel convenes and collaborates with JamBand and Rock giants Greensky Bluegrass, Infamous Stringdusters, Yonder Mountain String Band, Keller Williams, Jorma Kaukonen, David Nelson, Little Feat, Railroad Earth, String Cheese Incident, Fruition and Leftover Salmon, amongst others. Keel has a variety of musical formats he presents throughout the year; look out for his core band The Larry Keel Experience (featuring award-winning and highly accomplished Jared Pool on mandolin and penetrating vocals, and wife Jenny Keel with her rock solid bass lines as well as tenor vocal harmonies), Larry Does Jerry (Keel performing the music for Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead), Larry and the Smokin’ J’s (featuring Jon Stickley, Jay Starling and Jared Pool), Keller Williams and the Keels, and steady swirl of pairings with Keel and Drew Emmitt, Andy Thorn, Danny Barnes, members of the Del McCoury Band, Steep Canyon Rangers, just to name a few. Of note for early 2017 is Keel’s top billing at New York’s Carnegie Hall, where he will headline along with Al Di Meola, Stefane Wrembel and Stochelo Rosenberg at the Django A Go-Go concert, celebrating Django Reinhardt’s influence on the world of guitar music. Throughout his career, Keel has released 15 albums and is featured on 10 others. The most recent release, March 2016, is EXPERIENCED, an entirely original work that showcases Larry’s and banjo virtuoso Will Lee’s exceptional songwriting, singing and jaw-dropping instrumental performances, accompanied by Keel’s equally talented wife Jenny Keel on upright bass and harmony vocals. This Americana Radio charting album exemplifies the raw sophistication of Keel’s progressive acoustic style, and features musician-friends who appear as guests on various tracks of Experienced; the artists include Sam Bush, Del McCoury, Peter Rowan, Keller Williams, Jason Carter (Del McCoury Band), Mike Guggino (Steep Canyon Rangers) and Anders Beck (Greensky Bluegrass). Quotes about Keel and his music from these artists themselves capture the essence of what this album and Keel’s artistry represents.
Junior Sisk and Friends
Don Rigsby -mandolin
Gene Libbea -bass
Keith Reed -banjo
John Reischman and the Jaybirds
Like the powerful mandolinist and composer at its helm, John Reischman and the Jaybirds fashion a stylish take on bluegrass that seamlessly blends original songs and instrumentals with Appalachian old-time music for a truly unique band sound. Now in their 20th year, with seven acclaimed albums and two Juno nominations, the Jaybirds are simultaneously innovative and unadorned, sophisticated and stripped-down, happily old-fashioned and 21st-century contemporary.
Bluegrass Unlimited calls John Reischman “one of the world’s undisputed masters” of the mandolin, famed for outstanding tone and taste. Many of his dozens of original instrumentals have become popular favourites for sessions and covers, such as the jam standard Saltspring. He has three critically-acclaimed solo instrumental albums and has recorded on many other projects, including the Grammy-winning True Life Blues: The Songs of Bill Monroe. John also plays Latin-based jazz and choro music with highly regarded finger-style acoustic guitarist/composer John Miller; the duo has released three superb albums.
John began his career in the San Francisco Bay area in the early ’80s with the eclectic Good Ol’ Persons bluegrass band. He was an original member of the legendary “new acoustic” quartet, the jazz-influenced Tony Rice Unit, renowned for highly skilled instrumentals. John moved to Vancouver in the early ’90s and in 1999 formed the Jaybirds. Of their latest album, Folk Radio UK said “On That Other Green Shore showcases an accomplished, experienced band at the peak of their powers, with musicianship of the very highest order.” Peghead Nation called it “one of the most beguiling bluegrass-rooted recordings of 2017.”
Los Angeles, CA-based guitarist Patrick Sauber joined the Jaybirds in 2017. The veteran performer has played with, among others, Doc Watson, Richard Greene, John Jorgensen, Peter Rowan, Tim O’Brien and John Fogerty. He played on the 2016 Grammy-nominated album The Hazel and Alice Sessions by Laurie Lewis, and appeared in the film A Mighty Wind with Christopher Guest. Bluegrass Unlimited describes Patrick’s playing on John’s tune Daylighting the Creek as “a glorious flatpicking solo that hews back to the glory days of early bluegrass guitar.”
Chilliwack, BC-based Trisha Gagnon is portrayed by Sing Out! as “one of the most versatile” and “irresistible” lead vocalists in bluegrass, her strong and distinctive style ranging from “mournful and plaintive” to “hopeful and yearning.” Trisha anchors what Dirty Linen magazine calls “gorgeous three-part harmonies.” She’s also known for songwriting, dating back to her early days with the award-winning B.C. bluegrass band Tumbleweed. Her solo album includes guests Vince Gill and Peter Rowan.
Nanaimo, BC-based Nick Hornbuckle has developed his own voice on the five-string banjo – a two-finger roll unlike other contemporary banjo players. “Nick Hornbuckle’s banjo can be downright spine-tingling,” said the L.A Daily News. His solo album 12×2 (+/-1), was nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award in 2015, and Nick is a composer who also digs for rare old-time gems. His sprightly instrumental Wellesley Station on the new Jaybird album “showcases Nick’s sharp picking and sense of melody,” said Green Man Review.
Spokane, WA-based Greg Spatz is hailed as a “world-class bluegrass fiddler” by Fiddler Magazine. Audiophile Audition says Greg’s “virtuosic playing is flawlessly delivered time after time,” while Bluegrass Unlimited says he “lays down some seriously fine bluegrass fiddle” on the latest Jaybirds release. His strong chops have made him a popular fixture down through the years on the West Coast, where he’s played with iconic mandolinist Frank Wakefield, resophonic guitar master Rob Ickes, and many others including Laurie Lewis, Bryan Bowers, and Eli West and Cahalen Morrison. Greg also plays and records with Mighty Squirrel, has a solo album called Fiddler’s Dream and a duo recording with his wife called All Along the Sea, and is an award-winning novelist.
Richie and Rosie
Richie Stearns (the Horse Flies) and Rosie Newton (the Duhks) are a dynamic duo performing music rooted in the Americana tradition. With their memorable original songs and entrancing, nostalgic harmonies, Stearns and Newton take the fiddle, banjo combination to new levels as they continue to expand the boundaries of tradition.
Richie and Rosie blend traditional and contemporary sounds, outrageous punk banjo, powerful evocative fiddle with beautiful vocal harmonies. Richie, is an innovator of 5-string banjo much loved for his “mantra-groove spooky-banjo style” Rosie is a ferocious fiddler who’s work spans many musical styles.
Steam Machine sits somewhere between the full, round, driving sounds of American old-time stringband music and the emergent showmanship of early bluegrass. With clean, powerful fiddling and rolling three finger banjo they highlight unique and beautiful Midwestern repertoire alongside tunes and songs from Appalachia. A rock-solid rhythm section and honest, unprocessed singing round out their sound. All four band members are actively involved in perpetuating roots music and dance traditions as players, teachers, and community scholars in their home communities and wherever they go. Having performed across the country and world individually, as a band they are having a lot of fun forming a style that has been called “wonderfully tasteful!” “so fine!” “a treat!” and “powerful!” by fans of the genre.
Jeff Scroggins & Colorado is a high-energy five-piece bluegrass band located in the Western Frontier state of Colorado. Their distinctive sound showcases an eclectic range of influences that marry second and third generation bluegrass, delivering a unique experience that captivates audiences and keeps them guessing: It’s a powerful, high mountain “bluegrass explosion” that features world-class banjo and mandolin playing, incredible vocals, a solid and energetic rhythm and an easy stage banter that has delighted listeners all over the world.
Fronted by internationally acclaimed two-time National Banjo Champion Jeff Scroggins, their distinct style is immediately recognizable due to Jeff’s unique and diverse range of influences, which include Alan Munde, Don Reno, Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton. His fiery style and lightning-fast licks have earned him worldwide recognition and have left many a first-time listener in stunned disbelief!
The band also features the award-winning mandolin playing of Jeff’s son Tristan Scroggins. At only 23 years old, Tristan is an award-winning instrumentalist and accomplished songwriter in his own right while the instrumentals he shares with Jeff play a large role in the band’s unique and energetic style. In 2016, Tristan was nominated for the Instrumental Momentum Award by the International Bluegrass Music Association . West Virginia native Greg Blake provides powerful bluegrass vocals steeped in country heritage, bringing a truly authentic sound developed from a lifetime of singing bluegrass, gospel, and country. Twice nominated for the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America’s (SPBGMA) “Traditional Male Vocalist of the Year” award, Greg’s phenomenal guitar playing has earned him nine nominations and five consecutive wins as SPBGMA’s Guitarist of the Year. They are joined by Oregon native and festival favorite, Ellie Hakanson on fiddle and vocals as well as champion multi-instrumentalist and veteran musician Isaac Calender on bass. In addition to their individual accomplishments, the band was featured as the California Bluegrass Association’s Emerging Artist of the year, an honor given into the past to bands such as Della Mae, and Chris Henry & the Hardcore Grass.
Colorado’s FY5 proudly swim in the deep currents of American music, playing new songs, well-informed of country and bluegrass traditions, but not bound to them. Featuring thoughtful arrangements, strong singing and musicianship, the band strives to connect to listeners with stories of common struggles and big ideas. While their sound evokes timelessness, it is decidedly contemporary, well-traveled 21st century sensibility that informs their songwriting.
As they share the stories that drive the songs, FY5’s show leaves listeners certainly with tapping toes, but ranging thoughts as well. FY5 is excited for the release of their 4th full-length album in early 2018, The Way These Things Go, featuring their trademark story songs, clever arranging, and catchy hooks. The band was selected as official showcase artists for the 2017 International Bluegrass Music Association conference including a songwriter showcase with Mike Finders.
A new and enchanting sound has emerged from the hotbed of the Colorado roots music scene. Masontown, a young band with a concept as timeless as the Rocky Mountains, has alighted onto a bluegrass community that has already produced some of the best that the acoustic music world has to offer. But Colorado, and the wider world of modern music, hasn’t quite heard this yet.
A lauded fiddle champion and classical violinist. A veteran bluegrass mandolin player and composer. One of Colorado’s jazz guitar greats reborn as a flatpicking sensation. An upright bassist with roots running deep in the classical and jazz traditions. These are the individual elements that come together to create Masontown.
Masontown’s sound is a exciting take on the American acoustic tradition. At once fresh and familiar, the group unites the sounds of bluegrass, old-time, folk, and new acoustic music into a sonic melting pot that hearkens back to our deep musical traditions while remaining defiantly modern in conception. Echoes of the poignant exploration of the Matt Flinner Trio blend with the fierce drive of Bill Monroe and the plaintive song-craft of Cahalen Morrison and Eli West. It’s no surprise that the members of Masontown have shared the stage with many of these musical icons that their sound evokes.
The listening halls and dance floors of Colorado have already begun to hail the arrival of this new force in the acoustic music community. Masontown is a band on the move, driven to delight the ears, touch the hearts, and move the feet of generations of music lovers in Colorado and far beyond.
The Wrecklunds are a Denver based bluegrass band that mixes classic harmonies and driving rhythms to create a sound that’s both unique and familiar. It’s the fruit of a friendship between the four members that spans almost 20 years, multiple bands, and many late night, whiskey infused picking parties. Eric Drobny (bass/vocals), Mike Martin (fiddle) and Davis Vardaman (mandolin) cut their bluegrass teeth in the band “40 Gallon Still” while Bryan Eklund (guitar/vocals) honed his vocal chops in the Evergreen trio “Bobber Johnson and the Nightcrawlers”. Over the years, they have continued to play together and separately in different combinations and in various styles. Now they have joined forces again to form their newest project – a fun-filled, rollicking ensemble that combines groove, soul and experimentation. They’re a wreck of a good time!
The Bluegrass Ensemble at Colorado College consists of five students performing with all acoustic traditional bluegrass instruments. By audition only, the students immerse themselves in the traditional style of bluegrass, incorporating its full musical spectrum of vocal harmony, tone, and timing. They have the privilege of performing on the main stage at the Bluegrass Meltdown in Durango, CO, Steve’s Guitar’s in Carbondale, CO, and the Black Rose Acoustic Society in Colorado Springs. The group also performs two yearly recitals, as well as a host of events at Colorado College.
This years’ musicians consists of Frances Murray / fiddle; Michael Hasson / mandolin; Garrett Blackwell / guitar; Jeremy Becker / banjo; Ali McGarigal / upright bass.
This unique opportunity to be a part of The Colorado College Bluegrass Ensemble is a way to enhance their lives and inspire others.
Frances Murray, Frances is a junior at CC and this is her first year doing bluegrass. She grew up playing classical violin, and is having a ton of fun switching over to the bluegrass style. It’s been a great experience learning to play improv with fellow bandmates.
Michael Hasson, Michael is a junior and has been involved in the bluegrass program since his freshman year. He grew up playing fiddle contests around Northern California and transitioned to mandolin in college. His main inspirations include Adam Steffey and David Grisman.
Garrett Blackwell, Garrett was a senior at CC this year, but he’s relatively new to the bluegrass department. He has been playing guitar and writing songs for most of his life, but it wasn’t until about a year ago that Garrett began pickin’ bluegrass, and it has since substantially consumed his waking hours. With inspirations across genres, from Tony Rice to Stevie Ray Vaughan, Garrett aspires to make music his living.
Jeremy Becker, Jeremy is a senior at CC this year and has been involved with the bluegrass program since his freshman year. He became interested in the banjo in high school but started playing bluegrass when he moved to Colorado. Inspired by the playing of Earl Scruggs, Bela Fleck, and Noam Pikelny, bluegrass has become a large part of his life.
Ali McGarigal, Ali is a junior Environmental Science major at CC and has been playing bass in a CC Bluegrass Ensemble since her freshman year. She started playing the double bass in her school orchestra at age 10. Her interest in Bluegrass started once she arrive at CC. Playing in the CC Bluegrass Ensemble has allowed her to continue to have music be an important part of her life while perusing an undergraduate degree.
Old Time music enthusiasts count themselves among a small subculture within the acoustic genre. With similar instrumentation although often pre-dating bluegrass, old time can be characterized by unique regional styles that draw from influences ranging from Africa to western Europe and even indigenous America. The Six Dollar String Band has been a mainstay of old time music in the four corners for six years and consists of Tony Holmquist playing fiddle; Stephen Sellers, bass; Robin Davis, guitar; and Brendan Shafer, clawhammer and fingerstyle rolling banjo. The band is celebrating the release of their newest recording, ‘Mayday’, a vinyl-only album documenting musical spaces and sounds collected on-site in Mayday, Colorado at the mouth of La Plata canyon.
La La Bones is a five-piece bluegrass band that draws inspiration from the wild landscape and western history of southwestern Colorado. Rooted in Durango with a vocal arsenal shared by two women and three men, La La Bones delivers a diverse, original, and dynamic bluegrass sound. The ensemble features Tommy Frederico on banjo, Jimi Giles on bass, Kathy Hilimire on fiddle, Scott Roberts on mandolin, and Kyle Siesser on guitar.
The Lawn Chair Kings bring it back to their country & bluegrass roots with acoustic guitar, mandolin, stand-up bass and banjo. They’re right at home as an acoustic band, although they can often be found throwing down electric western garage rock. Erik and Dan founded LCK in 2000. Their friendship and musicianship have grown stronger each year. The Lawn Chair Kings are pleased to be ongoing part of the Meltdown family. Erik Nordstrom plays guitar/harmonica, writes songs, and sings lead vocals. Erik’s songs are sometimes poignant, whimsical, quirky, often surprising, and always enjoyable. He takes country, bluegrass, rock, and punk influences and mixes them into a style all his own. Dan Leek plays bass and sings harmony. He brings a sense of joy and musicality from his Louisiana roots. Patrick Dressen plays mandolin when he’s not playing drums or co-hosting the Rezbilly Breakdown. Pat is a veteran of many local bands. Hap Purcell has been playing banjo with the band as long as he can remember. Hap likes to count to 4 and turn it up to 11. Please give a great-big Meltdown welcome to Durango’s own Lawn Chair Kings.
Last Nickel, from Dolores, Colorado, has been playing together regionally for the last seven years. This is their sixth appearance at the Meltdown. The group brings together diverse musical backgrounds, blending traditional musical themes with original twists. The music paints pictures of the timeless relating of people and places, and the mess and majesty therein. Their first album, “Sod and Stubble”, was released in December of 2017. You’re just as likely to find the band performing on a local stage as you are to find them searching out inspiration on a river or mountain near you. Featuring vocal performances by each of the five members, Last Nickel is Nikki Sargent, on bass fiddle; Chris Bouton, on lead guitar; Bobby Wintringham, on mandolin; Andy Hutchinson, on banjo; and John Chmelir, on rhythm guitar.
StillHouse Junkies… Fred Kosak, Alissa Wolf, Cody Tinnin, Bruce Allsopp. Their paths happened to cross in Durango, Colorado, winter of ‘17. After months of being addicted to playing Fridays at Durango Craft Spirits, a local distillery, a name emerged… a festival was booked… and another talented acoustic string band was turned loose. They are multi-instrumentalists, singers, songwriters, seasoned musicians who have turned their formidable skills and talents to the delicious, delirious deep wells and traditions of roots, rock, blues, funk, jazz, country and bluegrass music. Sometimes they blend, sometimes they bend, sometimes they play it straight and true. But it’s always direct with deep respect to the heart of the song. With soulful singing, precision picking and plenty of improvisation every performance is fresh. With lots of energy they can wind it up and turn it loose or wind it down to the quiet of the space between notes where emotion lives. They know that music is the best medicine. So get addicted. It’ll cure you. It’s tasty. It’s delicious. It’s delirious. Don’t miss. StillHouse Junkies.
Lost Souls plays an intriguing mix of old and new country, bluegrass, swing and American folk tunes. This trio keeps it tight, singing many a tale of cowboys, dogs, horses and the outlaw west, with shared vocals and fine picking. They have played in the Durango area for about two years and were proud to be part of last fall’s Meltdown on the Mesa. This is the second year they will play together at the Durango Bluegrass Meltdown.
Don Cooke has travelled a long road as a musician and, for over 40 years, has played rock, bluegrass, country and swing. As a Lost Soul, he deftly moves between fiddle, guitar, and mandolin to help keep the band’s repertoire surprising and fresh. Marc Katz hails from New York and has been picking guitar from a young age. For the last 7 years, he has focused solidly on mandolin and moves between the two instruments with ease, lending rock and blues-influenced guitar licks as well as sweet mando leads and rhythm in the best bluegrass tradition. Charlotte Overby plays the double bass and sings a lovely harmony part. She has played bass for in a number of string bands and with an 8-piece klezmer band—and was inspired and taught by Mitch Jayne and Forrest Rose, two of the best. She hails originally from Columbia, Missouri but has lived in the West for more than a decade.
From somewhere in the mountains around Durango, Clods spring up from the ground to play their own brand of Dirty Bluegrass. Featuring local members from local turn-of-the-century era OuttaHand String Band, four vocalists, guitar, mandolin, banjo, and bass come together in a time-tested groove.
The Blue Moon Ramblers
The Blue Moon Ramblers are comprised of five Durango musicians, who have been performing professionally for nearly 40 years each in Colorado, primarily in the Four Corners’ region. The band is known for being the Sunday Night House Band of the Diamond Belle Saloon at the Strater Hotel in Durango, CO. All the musicians have been friends and have played together in a variety of groups, going back to the 1970’s. The Blue Moon Ramblers are also the only band to perform at every single Durango Bluegrass Meltdown!
Holding the bottom together is Glenn Keefe on bass, Red (Marlon) Greer has been an integral and founding member on fiddle, Donny Johnson on guitar, George Usinowicz on banjo, lap-steel, mandolin and vocals.
Sunny & The Whiskey Machine is the perfect blend of blues, alt-country, bluegrass, rock n roll, and a whole lot of soul. Consisting of a core trio with each member playing multiple instruments, they exude a distinct sound lovingly dubbed “soulgrass” by their fans. As you weave your way through their musical landscape, you never know what’s coming next; from soaring harmonies of almost a capella songs to blunt, in your face diatribes to the world, you’re never bored when they take the stage.
The Whiskey Machine came together in early 2017 after it’s members played together in many musical projects in and around Durango, Colorado, and found the simplicity of the trio compelling. Sunny Gable fronts the band, writes the songs and provides not only powerful vocals, but words and stories that actually make you think, all while keeping your toes tapping with the mandolin, guitar, and fiddle. Guy Ewing heads up harmonies and holds down the beat on upright bass, while Jeff Moorehead fills your ears with tasty dobro work and an occasional stint on guitar.
The Fellowship of the Strings have embarked on a quest to bring to life the most moving, powerful, and epic bluegrass music the world has ever seen. This five-piece string band is comprised of Dylan Ruckel on the guitar, Jeff “Birdman” on the bass, Dennon Jones on the fiddle, and Patrick Storen on the mandolin. Each member brings their own strengths to the table, imbuing the band with elements of celtic, rock, old time, jam band, and others. They are all thankful to call Durango Colorado home. One does not simply shred strings with such flair and style, yet the Fellowship of the Strings will see it done.
Blending traditional & contemporary bluegrass, country, and folk, Bluegrouse has coalesced out of the continually shifting landscape of the local Durango Music scene. As an acoustic band, Bluegrouse can be found performing in coffee shops, wine bars and other smaller venues around town, sharing a true “living room sound”, which keeps their music personal and intimate. All four artists have been involved with other bands and have performed at numerous Meltdown events in recent years. Bluegrouse continues to evolve and have fun, with a rich sound that pushes musical boundaries and vibrates with soul-searching harmonies. Lester Alex, mandolin & vocals, Carol Calkin, fiddle & vocals; Jonti Fox, bass & vocals; Laurie Swisher, guitar & vocals.
Chokecherry Jam has entertained folks in the Four Corners area since 2010. Bringing together a variety of musical background and experience, the group enjoys performing a mix of Bluegrass and Gospel, while occasionally including a few “not so traditional” tunes intended to tickle your funny-bone.
The band has performed at the Durango Meltdown for a number of years and participates in the “Bluegrass in the Schools” program. They also appear regularly at Farmington’s TGIF, Summer Terrace, and Real Night at the Museum, as well as at other community events and performance venues in the region, including Wines of the San Juan. The group facilitates a semi-monthly Bluegrass jam in Farmington.
Band members include Bob Ashley on the 5-string banjo, Sue Coulter and Elaine Gapinski sharing duties on bass and mandolin, and Tom Miller on guitar.
People We Know
Originally a collective of musicians from Durango and Northern La Plata County, People We Know has solidified into a core group of musicians. Featuring members of existing Durango groups The Outskirts and The Fellowship of the Strings, the group brings a new take on string music. They explore the limits of bluegrass covers, while taking a new approach to the genre in their original compositions.
The band, comprised of Alex Forsthoff, Jeffrey Berman, Aaron Cooklin, Jim Figora, and Mark Walser, will take you on a musical ride from all ends of the bluegrass spectrum. A show will go from up-tempo, foot stomping, hollering bluegrass, to slower ballads from the heart. Join us!