Thursday Night with the Senators *** Friday Night with Wood Belly *** Saturday Night with Colorado College Bluegrass Ensembles *** But WAIT! There’s still More Shows! *** Next Monday Night with the Slocan Ramblers from Canada *** Next Tuesday Night with the Mighty Zach Deputy

Live Music Fans, 

Last Friday Night, Corky Siegel proved, once again, to a SRO music room that he is one of the best harmonica players around.  With his talented friend, Randy Sabien, they put on a wonderful display of mastery over their instruments.  And, even some hilarious choreography to make for a highly entertaining and quite impressive show.  Got to love the masters.  Hope you squeezed in and enjoyed the show with us.  

But now, it’s time for something completely different starting on Thursday night with the Senators coming for their first visit.  Then another first visit on Friday with a fantastic, award-winning bluegrass band from the Front Range.  The music filled week concludes on Saturday with the annual visit from Colorado College’s talented bluegrass ensembles followed by their annual “slumber party” in the shop.  We love supporting the next generation of players.  And, it helps that they are good.  Come out and see. Can’t miss this week.

See you at the shows! Three good choices for this week.  Enjoy.

THURSDAY NIGHT – FEBRUARY 6TH – THE SENATORS – 8:30PM – www.thesenatorsmusic.com

“The four of us grew up with music in very different ways. We were high-school band geeks, we spun our parents Beatles vinyl as loud as we could get away with, we started crappy punk bands from our garage.  When stars aligned to bring us together in Phoenix, we gave life to melodies that had been in my head for years. It took some time to realize that our music, at its core, stems from the relationships that we have together – its about creating and sharing with each other. These songs speak to love, family, community and the simple beauty of the Southwest. Now, we want to share with you what we’ve found together. The Senators are Jesse Teer, Chuck Linton, Marshall Hunt & Jason Yee.” 

Be sure to check out their website for videos and more words about this talented touring band.  

FRIDAY NIGHT – FEBRUARY 7TH – WOOD BELLY – 8:30PM – www.woodbellymusic.com

I had been hearing good things about this talented bluegrass outfit after their win in Telluride.  And, by coincidence, I got to hear them at a free outdoor concert in Crested Butte.  That’s when I first started trying to book this great band for the little room.  Come out and become new fans.  Check out their website for more reasons and just know it you like the web links, you will love the live show.  Can’t beat our music room for fantastic acoustics; the best I have ever experienced in my life.  Even if I’m just a bit prejudiced after hundreds of live shows by some of the best musicians around.  Come out and see if you agree with me.  And, if not, please tell me about a better music room.

“Whether it’s a hard driving bluegrass song, a multi-layered instrumental, a pop-oriented hook-laden tune, or a poetic waltz— each song has something to say. There’s an identity, a message in every song, delivered in a characteristic Wood Belly style that is warm and true, occasionally haunting and the next moment light and uplifting. The timbre of voice and strings is solid, confident, honest and playful. Every member sings and vocals are a significant part of the Wood Belly sound.

Since its formation, the band has played an ever-expanding list of great venues including the Mishawaka Amphitheater, the Fox Theater (Boulder), Wildflower Pavilion (Planet Bluegrass), and Cervantes’ (Denver). Their festival resume includes the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Rapidgrass, the Durango Bluegrass Meltdown, the Keystone Bluegrass and Beer Festival, The Wyoming State Bluegrass and BBQ festival, Snowygrass, Grapes and Grass, Winter WonderGrass, Northwest String Summit, Palisade Folk and Bluegrass, and more.

Wood Belly’s debut album, Solid Ground, was co-produced by WB and Aaron Youngberg of Swingfingers Studio and released in early 2018. The collection demonstrates the group’s versatility, seamless harmonies and dynamic instrumentation.

Winning the prestigious Telluride Bluegrass Band Competition in 2018 has opened doors and created opportunities. The fest is part of the fiber of Wood Belly’s fabric, making the win even sweeter. Each member has a story to tell about attending the festival throughout the years and how it influenced music and inspired songwriting.

A nominee in the 2018 IBMA Momentum Awards, Wood Belly has shared bills with Del McCoury Band, Billy Strings, Molly Tuttle, Jeff Austin Band, Front Country, Wood & Wire, Trout Steak Revival, Steel Wheels, and many more.

The group continues to hone its writing skills with songs that are heartfelt and spirited, crafted with passion, and always entertaining, Wood Belly is currently recording at Swingfingers Studio with producer Sally Van Meter and engineer Aaron Youngberg. A 13-song project is set for release in late summer of 2019.

Chris Weist, Craig Patterson, Chris Zink, Aaron McCloskey, Taylor Shuck

Something downright mystical is happening on Colorado’s Front Range. The very roots of traditional acoustic music seem to sprout from the dirt, shaking their dust into the winds of change, to be breathed in and become the soul of musicians who craft their songs here.

Such is the music of Wood Belly, winners of the Telluride Bluegrass Band Competition (2018). Wood Belly is the musical collective of Chris Weist (mandolin), Craig Patterson (guitar), Chris Zink (dobro), Aaron McCloskey (banjo) and Taylor Shuck (bass). A Wood Belly song has its own lyrical persona and masterful arrangement; rooted in bluegrass tradition and planted solidly in contemporary innovation.

Weist, Patterson and Zink met at the Rockygrass Festival in 2015, and within a year, teamed up with McCloskey and Shuck. The music fell into place immediately. The instrumentation and rhythmic drive of the band is like a tree trunk centered in bluegrass with branches that uninhibitedly reach out in many directions. There is a powerful focus on songwriting, with influences from multiple genres. Wood Belly, like other bands in the Newgrass or Grassicana realm, is rooted in tradition but refuses to be confined. Their sound is authentic, passionate and always entertaining.

Chris Weist and Craig Patterson are prolific songwriters, but every member of the band contributes. Aaron McCloskey and Chris Zink are known for intricate instrumentals, and Taylor Shuck has written for the group as well. The band takes a collaborative approach to sculpting a song once the basic structure is in place, refining and editing until a seamless arrangemen reveals itself.”

SATURDAY NIGHT – FEBRUARY 8TH – COLORADO COLLEGE BLUEGRASS ENSEMBLES – 8:30PM – www.coloradocollege.edu/bluegrassensembles

It’s been a few years now since Keith reached out to us to book his talented students for a show.  Since then, Keith has brought in some very capable bluegrass players to our stage.  It’s heart-warming to see young players learning the ancient songs and bringing them to life.  Hard to beat live music for changing your mood, right?  And, here we are with another visit from the students and we expect another great time.  Come out and enjoy the “amateur” players if you can make the other two shows with the touring pros.  Each night should be a real treat.  And, the only way to know is to leave the house.  Why not?

Bluegrass Ensembles – Director:  Keith Reed

Rehearsals: The three ensembles rehearse on Wednesday and Thursday evenings in Packard 9.

“The Colorado College (advanced) Bluegrass Ensemble is an instrumental and vocal band created to provide for students a challenging and creative environment in which to develop material with the feel and structure of bluegrass music. The ensemble draws mainly from traditional sources including Bill Monroe, Flatt and Scruggs, Jimmy Martin, and the Stanley Brothers. The ensemble frequently performs at the Durango Bluegrass Meltdown, held annually in April. The ensemble receives academic credit and is by audition only. 

The intermediate Bluegrass Ensemble takes the skills developed in the beginning ensemble and moves it further into the performance realm. The ensemble receives academic credit and is by audition only. 

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UPDATE!

I hope you have noticed that over the years many of our best shows have been on “quiet, sleepy” weeknights.  That’s a good reason why you should check out these two talented acts next week on typical “off nights”.  

If you are a big fan of talented acoustic string bands you will really enjoy The Slocan Ramblers on Monday Night coming all the way from Canada just to share their music.  We have been fortunate over the years to have hosted the Infamous Stringdusters, Trampled by Turtles, Wood & Wire and many more great acoustic acts; and, there is no better music room around to hear the strings singing along with my hanging guitars.  Not to be surpassed for a listening room.  Right?  That’s my theory and I’m sticking to it.  Prove me wrong.

And, we love hosting multi-talented musical forces for the little room.  Like Lipbone Redding, Suitcase Junket, That 1 Guy and more solo performers who take over a room and make it their own.  I think Zach Deputy will be another one man band that transforms the room and all within it to sweet places.  I wanted to book him just because of his live video on the goat farm in Paonia.  Something to see. This one promises to be a great Tuesday Night show.  Only one way to find out.  Leave the house!

Check out their websites and then come out and enjoy these acts.  Next Monday and Tuesday nights, we will certainly have the best live music around these parts.  Come on out!  Why not?

See you at the shows!

MONDAY NIGHT – FEBRUARY 10TH – THE SLOCAN RAMBLERS FROM CANADA – 8:30PM – www.slocanramblers.com

“The Slocan Ramblers (2019 Juno Award Nominee) are Canada’s bluegrass band to watch. Rooted in tradition, fearlessly creative and possessing a bold, dynamic sound, The Slocans have become a leading light of today’s acoustic music scene. With a reputation for energetic live shows, impeccable musicianship and an uncanny ability to convert anyone within earshot into a lifelong fan, The Slocans have been winning over audiences from Merlefest to RockyGrass and everywhere in between.”

“On their much-anticipated album Queen City Jubilee (2019 Juno Award Nominee for Traditional Roots Album of the Year), The Slocans showcase their unique blend of bluegrass, old-time and folk with deep song-writing, lightning fast instrumentals and sawdust-thick vocals. With their trademark raucous energy, this album presents The Slocan Ramblers at the top of their game – writing and playing tunes to keep you up all night. This is roots music without pretension, music to make you feel something – say hello to your new favourite band.

The Slocans are: Frank Evans: Banjo – Adrian Gross: Mandolin – Darryl Poulsen: Guitar – Alastair Whitehead: Bass

“I love it – smokin’ bluegrass!” – BBC Radio

“This fearless, fleet-fingered string band is adventurously advancing the high lonesome sound of bluegrass to great acclaim.” – The Bluegrass Situation

“If you’ve grown tired of the same old sounds, here’s a band who reinvents a genre.” – Bluegrass Unlimited

“Riveting” – Bluegrass Today

“Contemporary bluegrass at its very best. […] Their third album, Queen City Jubilee, could be the one that propels them to the forefront of the acoustic roots scene.”  – Songlines Magazine (UK)

“The Slocan Ramblers put on one of the most vibrant shows of acoustic music I’ve seen in some time. It’s rare for Canadians (especially young Canadians) to play this music with such authority, passion and yet ability for experimentation. Chops galore, and a handsome bunch of fellas” – Tom Power – Host of CBC’s “q”

“This is a tight-knit ensemble with a lot of drive, yet with something of a tantalizing “rough edge” to their sound.” – Sing Out! Magazine

“Effortlessly pushing bluegrass back to its earlier roots in Appalachian traditions, while steering old sounds in fascinating new directions.” – No Depression

“Top class bluegrass” – – Roots Magazine (UK)

“Traditional Roots Album of the Year Nominee” – Juno Awards (2019)

“Traditional Album of the Year Nominee” – Canadian Folk Music Awards (2020)

“Ensemble of the Year Nominee” – Canadian Folk Music Awards (2020)

“Band of the Year Nominee” – IBMA Momentum Award (2019)

“Traditional Album of the Year Nominee” – Canadian Folk Music Awards (2016)

“Emerging Artist Award”– Edmonton Folk Fest (2015) 

TUESDAY NIGHT – FEBRUARY 11TH – ZACH DEPUTY – 8:30PM – www.zachdeputymusic.com

“In making his fourth album Wash It in the Water, Zach Deputy dreamed up a sunny and soulful new sound that fuses hip-hop, funk, and folky pop with the spirited rhythms of soca and calypso. With that sound embodied by the album’s brightly melodic and richly textured title track, Wash It in the Water finds the Georgia-based singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist mining his Puerto Rican and Cruzan heritage for inspiration.”

“Because of the music I was raised on, I’ve always heard rhythm in a very tropical, Latin-esque way—it’s something that resonates in the deepest parts of me,” says Deputy, who grew up in South Carolina. “When I was a kid my grandma would play a lot of salsa and soca and make me get up and dance to it, so in a way this is me putting my own spin on all that and bringing those sounds into a whole new era.”

With Deputy playing every instrument on the album, Wash It in the Water was self-produced in spontaneous sessions that took place in studios and homes and sometimes in Deputy’s garage. “Each time I recorded it was mostly just for fun,” he says. “I wasn’t trying to make anything happen, I was just going with what felt good.” As a result, Wash It in the Water bears a warm, natural feel that permeates everything from the intricate guitar work and tender vocals of “Jump in the Water” (a serenade to Deputy’s seven-year-old daughter) to the groove-heavy funk of “Put It in the Boogie” (a celebration of the joyfully chaotic life of a musician) to the piano-driven balladry of “Loving You” (a powerful meditation on unconditional love).

Despite the spur-of-the-moment approach, Wash It in the Water emerges as a gracefully arranged effort that owes much to the musicianship and songcraft Deputy’s honed since getting his first guitar at age 13. By his mid-teens he’d started up a series of garage bands, balancing his own projects with playing in local big bands and soul groups. “I was this 16-year-old white kid crushing it in a Motown band, and because of that I got to learn a lot about respecting the composition,” Deputy recalls. “To me music is a bunch of small pieces fitting together to form this beautiful castle.”

In his early 20s, Deputy experienced a major turning point that would take his music in an entirely new direction. “I was playing in a band but I wasn’t inspired—music wasn’t bringing me the joy that it used to, and I felt like I might be done with it altogether,” he says. Along with quitting the band mid-tour, Deputy traded in his electric guitar and amp for a nylon-string acoustic and moved back home to work construction with his dad. “At work all day I’d have this music in my head, and as soon as I got home I’d go straight to the guitar,” he says. Serendipitously landing a solo gig by walking into a bar just after that night’s featured artist had bailed, Deputy soon introduced the world to the sound he’d eventually dub“island-infused, drum ‘n’ bass, gospel-ninja-soul.” By 2008 he’d released his debut album Out of the Water and—thanks to his ingenuity in looping—made his name as an unforgettable one-man-band live act.

In reflecting on his path as a musical artist, Deputy likens that creative awakening to the message at the heart of “Wash It in the Water.” “That song’s about cleansing yourself from all the nonsense of the world—starting fresh, a rebirth of sorts,” he says. And whether performing live or creating new music, Deputy aspires to guide listeners toward a renewal of their own. “I try to give people a little soul massage,” he says. “In music you get so raw and make yourself naked to the world, and hopefully people can find themselves in that and realize they’re not alone. For me touching someone’s life in a positive way is the best thing about making music, and that’s what’s kept me going with it for all these years.”

Musically Yours,
Steve, Mary Margaret and Shannon