Wintergrass 2018 Performers-The Durham County Poets

The Durham County Poets are a lively and soulful group, who write and perform an eclectic blend of blues, folk and rock, with tinges of country, gospel and swing tossed in for good measure.dcp-logo-finalrgb
They are five seasoned musicians, all of whom are songwriters, who work together individually and collaboratively in composing their music. Delving into a variety of styles and genres, their musical influences include a broad range of artists. From The Band to Dire Straits, Leon Redbone to James Taylor and Neil Young, they have managed to put it all together to create their own musical style. The obvious joie de vivre expressed while performing together is reflected in the good-time feel that the band creates, which has been captivating their audiences consistently since their inception 6 years ago.
Fronted by Kevin Harvey, a self proclaimed blues crooner on lead vocals, The Durham County Poets also feature David Whyte on electric and acoustic guitars and vocals, Neil Elsmore on acoustic guitar and vocals, Carl Rufh on double bass and vocals and James Preimel on drums and percussion.durham-071-webhomepage
Popular at music festivals and venues across eastern Canada and fresh on the heels of a well received “formal showcase” at the 2016 Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) Conference, the band is branching more and more into the U.S. market, with more bookings up-coming in 2017.

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Wintergrass 2018 Performers – The Last Revel

From the budding music scene of the Upper Midwest comes the cutting edge Front Porch Americana soundscapes of The Last Revel.  This powerfully talented trio of multi-instrumentalists from Minneapolis, Minnesota so naturally blends the genres of Folk, Rockabilly, Old Time String-Band and Rock to create a sound that is as equally original as it is timeless.
The Last Revel trio utilizes their multi-instrumental abilities to bring the acoustic guitar, upright bass, fiddle, 5-string banjo, harmonica, kick drum and three-part vocal harmonies together to consistently deliver “Bombastic live performances”, as well as delicate and haunting folk ballads.last revel
Having released their third album Hazard & Fate in April of 2017, The Last Revel further demonstrates their ability to create rich and delicately textured recorded material with a modern “tip of the hat” to the storied history of American folk music.

Vincenzio Donatelle – Fiddle,Bass,Vocals  Ryan Acker- Banjo,Guitar,Vocals Lee Henke Guitar,Banjo, Vocals

Wintergrass 2018 Performers-Front Country

An acoustic band born in the land of tech innovation, Front Country was never going to be accepted as an authentic American roots band out of the gate. Cutting their teeth in progressive bluegrass jams in San Francisco’s Mission District and rehearsing in the East Bay, they learned to play roots music their own way, with the tools they had on hand. A mandolinist with a degree in composition and classical guitar. A guitarist trained in rock and world music. A bassist equally versed in jazz and bluegrass. A violinist with technique that could seamlessly hop between honky tonk and electropop. A female lead singer with grit and souOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAl that was also a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter. In a wood-paneled country dive bar in the shadow of the San Francisco skyline, Front Country forged a sound hell bent on merging the musical past with the future.

This West Coast outfit was a loose collection of musical misfits until 2012 and 2013 when Front Country gathered around a single microphone at the RockyGrass and Telluride festivals, and won first prize in those prestigious band contests that once launched the careers of the Dixie Chicks, Greensky Bluegrass and the Steep Canyon Rangers. The contest wins bolstered their confidence in their unique mix of original songwriting, vocal harmonies and instrumental virtuosity, steeling their resolve to take a leap of faith and become a full time touring band.

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With the release of their debut full-length album Sake of the Sound in 2014, Front Country began the nose-grinding work of making their name as a national touring act. Still based in the San Francisco Bay Area, they would trek the 6,000+ mile circle around the U.S. for months at a time, introducing themselves for the first time to every room that would have them. Thanks to the glow of their contest wins, festivals around the U.S. caught wind and invited them to play for their large audiences, giving Front Country a crucial first break. Old Settlers in Austin, MerleFest in North Carolina, Wintergrass in Seattle, Strawberry in California and Grey Fox in New York, all took a chance on the promising new band and solidified Front Country’s hold on the imagination of progressive-leaning acoustic music fans.

ADAM ROSZKIEWICZ mandolin, banjo, vocals

JACOB GROOPMAN guitar, rezo guitar, mandolin, vocals

JEREMY DARROW bass

LEIF KARLSTROM five string violin

MELODY WALKER vocals, guitar, percussion

 

 

Wintergrass 2018- Intensives

2018 Wintergrass Intensives
Serious musical study for serious students

The Intensive Program at Wintergrass is a unique opportunity for the developing musician to gain musical insight from some of the industry’s most noted performers and experts in a half day or all day in-depth learning session.

The Wintergrass Intensive Program is geared for musicians who consider their skill level intermediate to advanced, unless it is noted that the session is specifically for beginners. It is assumed that most participants will be adults, though a youthful individual with the right mindset might also find benefit and enjoyment in the program.

Morning half-day sessions start at 9:00 am and end at 12:00pm, afternoon half-day sessions start at 1pm and end at 4pm, and all day sessions start at 9:00 am and end at 4:00pm. All days sessions have a lunch break from 12:00 to 1:00 pm. Lunch is not provided.

To register online please click go to the Wintergrass ticket site.

2018 Wintergrass Intensives Classes & Instructors
Duo Intensive
Mike Marshall & Darol Anger
Afternoon – Thursday, February 22, 2018 Cost: $75

 

A half day session on Thursday Afternoon.

 

The Music of the Duo will cover (but not be limited to):

The Compositional Process:

Inspiration vs. Perspiration
Presenting tunes to each other
Harmony/Chords
Answering the questions

“What does this tune say?” “What does this tune really need?’

What is needed for the show, set or CD?

Individual Challenges:

Developing techniques that enable a variety of texture changes
Harmonic variety
Speed
Creativity
Working with the skill set of each player

Rhythm:

Backup rhythm techniques for both instruments
Our inspirations/education/background
Adapting other instrument ideas to our instruments
The need to solve a particular musical puzzle
Working without a tradition/template

Improvisation:

What to do with a fiddle tune?
Prepared or improvised solos
Playing and quoting lead melodies
“Quoting” other solos
Simultaneous improvising
Counter-point
Super-imposing harmonic information
Complex simplicity and vice versa

Arranging:

Control of dynamics and “story”
‫Harmonizing
Improvising an arrangement on the fly
Generating counter-lines, harmonies and double-stop textures
Expanding backup roles/pretending to be a different instrument

Also to be included in the Intensive:

Discussion of peoples’ specific questions about ensemble issues
Details about various musical style issues
Other issues that might be diminishing our ability to enjoy the music
Possibly some cooking tips.

Folded into the session, we’ll examine tonal concepts, reharmonization, and possibly analyze a standard tune to freshen, polish and “Duo-ize” it.

Participants can expect to come away with new or improved techniques and insights that will lead to increased understanding, ease, and fun when playing in small ensembles, in either an accompanying or a solo role–or both at once. Knowledge of these ideas and techniques should, over time, greatly increase a string musician’s fun level, musical confidence, and spontaneity in any size ensemble.
Vocal Harmony Intensive
Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum
Afternoon – Thursday, February 22, 2018 Cost: $65
A half day session on Thursday Afternoon.

‘Going to the West’: An exploration of harmony options

Grammy Award-winning musician Laurie Lewis is internationally renowned as a singer, songwriter, fiddler, guitarist, bandleader, producer and educator. She was a founding member of the Good Ol’ Persons and the Grant Street String Band and has performed and recorded since 1986 with her musical partner, mandolinist Tom Rozum. Laurie has twice been voted “Female Vocalist of the Year” by the International Bluegrass Music Association and has won the respect and admiration of her peers. Her 2016 album with her crack band, The Right Hands, was nominated for a Grammy in 2017. Laurie and Tom have been singing their whole lives (so far), and love nothing better than the sound of voices raised in harmony.

The course:

Going to the West will utilize the beautiful song of that title as a jumping-off point to explore harmony singing. We will cover melody-singing, the tenor and mysterious baritone harmonies, breathing, phrasing, and achieving that perfect blend in duets and trios.

Starting off in a larger group, we will break down into trios and duets and work on finding the “right” key for a singer, and how to stack harmonies most effectively for any given group of singers. We will touch on traditional bluegrass ornamentation and styles, and work on awareness of our instruments (our bodies).

Participants will come away with their ears tuned to pick out the harmonies and make themselves more valuable members in any singing situation. Participants should be able to sing “Happy Birthday” in tune.
Rearranging The Roots
Joe Craven
Morning – Thursday, February 22, 2018 Cost: $60
A half day session on Thursday Morning.

Rearranging The Roots: Exploring possibility in Songs and Tunes

For 30 years, Joe Craven has been known as a multi-instrumentalist who ‘plays forward’ folk tradition and process by mashing ideas and sound tools from a variety of unexpected places, thus creating new music altogether. Joe was with David Grisman for 17 years and Joe has added to his creativity pool working with Jerry Garcia, David Lindley, Alison Brown, Howard Levy, Vassar Clements, Rob Ickes and many other innovative artists. Even better known is Joe’s work as an award-winning educator having taught with vocalist Inga Swearengen, bassist Victor Wooten, children’s music innovator Paul Reisler and jazz percussionist Jason Marsalis. Joe’s love of music is broad and he continually seeks the happiness of pursuit in his pursuit of happiness.

Packaging Songs and Tunes

There are many ways you can present a song or tune with different grooves, tempos, instrument choices, harmonic maps, arrangements, etc,. “Producing” can make a great song/tune fall flat or make a mediocre song a mega hit! Take a traditional idea and make it indie pop; take a brand new idea and make it sound 100 years old. Looking at things differently is part of a long, grand tradition in Folk Music. Joe will remind you that traditions begin as innovations and innovations are built upon traditions. Bring songs or tunes of yours or by other folks and let’s have a great time playing dress up with those awesome ideas of yours! Rearranging The Roots will address, but not limited to:

Intention – What do you want your tune or song to say & to what audience?
The wardrobe of groove / style
Major or minor key (?) and the powers of both.
The intuitive connection of tempo
Instrumental density – how many layers do you need to play to say what you wish to say?
The Arrangement; the forms, the lengths, the beginning / middle and end…oh my!

And more…of course!

All instruments and vocals – advanced beginner to advanced intermediate.
Guitar Intensive
Kenny Smith
Afternoon – Thursday, February 22, 2018 Cost: $60
A half day session on Thursday Afternoon.

Originally from Nine Mile, Indiana, Kenny is widely considered one of the most important and influential flatpicking style guitarists of his generation. A two-time IBMA Guitarist of the Year award winner, his professional credits include six years with the popular Lonesome River Band and an exceptional solo CD, Studebaker, released on Sugar Hill Records in 1997. A much-anticipated Guitar Solo CD, Return, released on Gat3 Records in 2012.

Winners of the International Bluegrass Music Association’s prestigious Emerging Artist of the Year award in 2003, the Kenny and Amanda Smith Band combines gutsy, heartfelt vocals, brilliant instrumental talents and a powerful, contemporary sense of song choice and arrangement into one of the most compelling new sounds in bluegrass today.

Kenny is in great demand at guitar workshops and master classes. He has released a two-DVD instruction set on AcuTab Publications. Kenny has recently launched a new online Guitar lesson website at kennysmithguitar.com.

The class will address, but not limited to:

Rhythm-Techniques on how to be a solid rhythm player. We will learn just how a basic Rhythm pattern can be so technical.
Are you in a rut?- have no fear, we will discuss some new ideas that will help you pull yourself out of the ditch and on the road to new solos.
Lines – how to create your own lines and licks. We will study the process I use to come up with some new lines that will take your playing in a new direction.
Improvising- What are you thinking? I will play tunes and improvise and stop and explain what am I thinking !
Arpeggios- learn them and how to turn them into music.
Other but important stuff – Tuning, Tone , Right hand, left hand position and pressure. Learning the fretboard.

This class will be aimed at intermediate and advanced players.
Dobro Intensive
Fred Travers
Afternoon – Thursday, February 22, 2018 Cost: $60
A half day session on Thursday Afternoon.

Fred Travers began playing Dobro in 1982, influenced by the music of the Seldom Scene and the playing style of Mike Auldridge. During 1986 through 1995, Fred performed and recorded with the Gary Ferguson Band, and Paul Adkins and the Borderline Band. In September of 1995, John Duffey and Ben Eldridge, founding members of the Seldom Scene, invited Fred to join the group as Dobro player for the band. Now, over twenty years later, Fred remains as the Dobro player/singer for the Seldom Scene. He has performed countless times with the band, around the United States, and in Canada. He also has appeared on the last four Seldom Scene recordings.

The Dobro Intensive will discuss these topics (and whatever might turn up from questions that develop during the Workshop!):

Techniques and approach to Mike Auldrige’s style of playing the guitar with an emphasis on making the Dobro a defining voice in the music of the Band.
Improvising and preparing Solo’s for a song
Using the defined Melody
Using a combination of defined melody and other licks
Using the unique qualities of the Dobro/Slide guitar to create a singer’s approach to a solo
Utilizing slightly alternate tunings of the standard G tuning to enhance the Dobro approach and sound to a particular song.
Backup and fills
Single note and harmony scales as fills and back-up
Approach to Back-up fills – complimenting the song or singer
Playing Rhythm on the Dobro
Developing an arsenal of “back pocket”, signature licks for you to use.
Techniques for playing good tone on the instrument

During our review of these topics, there are a number other things that will be discussed I’m sure! Practice techniques, harmonics, Right and Left-hand techniques, scales, developing a visual roadmap on the neck of the guitar, Hammer-on and pull-off techniques, etc. etc….

Participants can expect to expand or improve their playing techniques, which may hopefully open a new door in your playing and enjoyment of the instrument. It will be a chance for all of us to share questions and ideas, steal a few licks from each other, have a bunch of fun, and jump-start another great weekend of music, jamming, and fellowship at Wintergrass!
Fiddle Intensive
Alex Hargreaves
Morning – Thursday, February 22, 2018 Cost: $60
A half day session on Thursday Morning.

Newest member of the world renowned, Grammy award-winning, Turtle Island Quartet, Alex Hargreaves is an innovative, cross-genre violinist described as “one of the greatest improvising violinists in America today” by virtuoso mandolinist/composer Mike Marshall. He has received numerous honors including the Daniel Pearl Memorial Violin from Mark O’Connor’s Strings Conference, as well as being the youngest ever (age 15) to win the National Oldtime Fiddlers’ Contest in Weiser, Idaho.

Alex is an active performer and has played on stages around the world including Austin City Limits, A Prairie Home Companion, Panama Jazz Festival, Bonnaroo, Newport Jazz and Folk Festivals, and the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, as well as venues in Europe and South Korea. He has toured with Mike Marshall’s Big Trio, Jerry Douglas, David Grisman, Bela Fleck, Bryan Sutton, Darol Anger and singer/multi-instrumentalist Sarah Jarosz, appearing on three of her critically-acclaimed albums. Alex’s debut album, Prelude features master acoustic musicians Mike Marshall, Grant Gordy and Paul Kowert, and special guests Bela Fleck and Noam Pikelny.

In this class, we will address some key components of Bluegrass fiddling including:

Repertoire
Stylistic traits of the Bluegrass fiddle giants
Playing with vocalists
Melody-based improvisation
Rhythm/groove
Harmony and chords

A portion of the workshop will be in a master class format, giving students the opportunity to try out new techniques in real time and receive feedback.

This is an intermediate – advanced level class, meaning that students should have a basic comfort level with the instrument regardless of genre, as well as some experience learning by ear and playing with others. There will be no sheet music so please bring a recorder and notebook.

Students can expect to come away with new techniques to use in a Bluegrass ensemble and/or jam setting, a deeper knowledge of harmony and how it relates to the fiddle, and some new tunes as well.
Basic Mandolin Intensive
Chris Henry
Morning – Thursday, February 22, 2018 Cost: $60
A half day session on Thursday Morning.

Awaiting course details
Banjo Intensive
Patrick Sauber
Afternoon – Thursday, February 22, 2018 Cost: $60
A half day session on Thursday Afternoon.

The son of master old-time musician Tom Sauber, Patrick Sauber grew up surrounded by traditional southern music. Equally adept at banjo, mandolin, and guitar he is an in-demand instrumentalist and singer. Patrick has played or recorded with many musical greats including Doc Watson, Curly Seckler, David Grisman, Peter Rowan, Roland White, John Fogerty, Herb Pedersen, Tim O’Brien and many more. Patrick was also a cast member of the Christopher Guest movie “A Mighty Wind”. He can be seen on the road with Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands, Peter Rowan, the John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band and John Reischman and the Jaybirds.

This class will focus on playing Scruggs style banjo in a band or jam situation. Topics covered will include, but are not limited to:

Playing with good tone, and how it relates to right-hand technique and setup.
Developing good timing through critical listening and practice methods.
Backup ideas behind vocals and other instruments.
Soloing and backing up slow songs.
Playing in the keys D, E and F without a capo
Alternate tunings

This class is for intermediate and advancing players looking to refine their skills and expand their musical vocabulary.

The class will be taught by ear, so feel free to bring a recording device.
Cello & Fiddle Intensive
Tristan & Tashina Clarridge
Afternoon – Thursday, February 22, 2018 Cost: $60
A half day session on Thursday Afternoon.

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Live Performance Intensive For Solo Artists And Bands
Vicki Ambinder
Afternoon – Thursday, February 22, 2018 Cost: $60
A half day session on Thursday Afternoon.

How can you take your act to the next artistic level? How can you become more dynamic and confident onstage? How can you make a deeper connection with your material, and with your audience?

This intensive, conducted in a master class format, will focus on key elements of effective and compelling live music performance. Participants will be given the opportunity to perform a song and receive in-depth, supportive, practical, individualized, on-the-spot performance coaching.

This class is geared towards performers with intermediate to advanced skills. Participating acts must perform their own musical accompaniment. Dressing as you would for a show is recommended, but not required.

Bring your instruments and a song to present, or come to observe the process and participate in class discussions. Either way, you will leave with many tools you can apply to your own artistic endeavors.

Topics to be addressed during coaching demonstrations and discussions include, among others:

Honing your stage presence and owning the stage
Connecting with the mission of the song through deep exploration and interpretation
Maximizing the use of intentional arrangements and dynamics
Fully embracing the role of front person
Cultivating band cohesion
Defining your own sound
Designing stage patter that will assist you as well as the audience
Using preparation to channel nerves productively
Freshening your staging and stage plotting
Finding and maintaining focus, and being in the moment

Note: This intensive will be the only opportunity to experience Vicki’s master class at Wintergrass 2018, as it will not be offered during the regular festival workshop schedule.

More information on Vicki’s approach can be found on her web site.

Wintergrass 2018 Performers-The Jeremy Kittel Band

“There’s a vicious divide between the worlds of classical violin and traditional fiddling. It’s a rift as deep as the PC vs Mac debate, as polarizing as red state vs blue state, and no amount of charming cameos from Yo Yo Ma has been able to heal this wound. That’s why it’s so rare and remarkable to find a young fiddler like Jeremy Kittel who is able to move effortlessly between the classical and folk worlds.
Whereas the classical violinist has the impeccable tone and the ability to play into the higher reaches of the violin, the folk fiddler has the rhythmic sense, the drive, the swing, the groove, that’s usually missing from classical music. Of course, any musician that can unite these two worlds would be near unstoppable, and that’s exactly what we find in Kittel’s music. He blazes through a Bach violin partita as easily as a Scottish reel, bringing the same intense focus and precision to both, but also a wily kind of rhythm to the Bach partita that probably would have been wholly appropriate for Bach’s time.
Kittel also has a larger sense of composition and creation that comes from his work in classical and jazz violin worlds. Many young fiddlers today compose their own tunes, but Kittel arranges them into something larger, integrating the fiery musicianship of his band into the pieces. And what a band! The Jeremy Kittel Band features groundbreaking hammered dulcimer player Simon Chrisman, Canadian wunderkind guitarist Quinn Bachand, mandolin prodigy Joshua Pinkham, and transcendent cellist Nathaniel Smith. Kittel’s working on a new album in 2017 with this ensemble, and advance videos from the studio show a band operating at the top of their form, each member listening intuitively, and the whole ensemble turning on a dime at Kittel’s direction. The music Kittel is making now has all the precision and virtuosity of the best classical players, but the wonderfully devilish, explosive drive of the best stringbands.”
-Devon Leger, HearthMusic

Wintergrass 2018 Performers-The Duo 40th Anniversary , Mike Marshall & Darol Anger

When speaking about Darol Anger and Mike Marshall’s live performances, people often use phrases like “synergy,” “breathtaking” or “space travelers.”
Darol and Mike have created their own way of speaking – through their instruments. A connection and a shared repertoire that goes very deep; developed over  years of music-making in a wide variety of music styles. It is very rare what these two have the ability to do in concert. A way of communicating through their instruments that is nothing short of breathtaking.

Mike Marshall made his Carnegie Hall debut at the age of 20 with jazz violin legend Stephane Grappelli as a member of the David Grisman Quartet. In 1985 he would perform in that famed hall with his own classical ensemble The Modern Mandolin Quartet in 1985.
Mike has been at the forefront of New Acoustic music for over 40 years having been the founding member of many groups including the Montreux Band, Psychograss, Choro Famoso and The Anger Marshall Band. He is indeed a living compendium of musical styles and has the ability to seamlessly blend his American roots background with a deep understanding of European classical music, Brazilian choro and other world music. Mike is a fluid Jazz improviser and a master on mandolin, guitar, mandocello and violin.

As a music educator Mike is committed to passing on his knowledge through a variety of channels. He currently directs the Mike Marshall School of Mandolin through the ArtistWorks on-line educational company where he is teaching hundreds of mandolinists from around the world. He has published six books on mandolin technique and has produced three video instruction DVDs.duocopy

Fiddler, composer, producer and educator,  Darol Anger is at home in a number of musical genres, some of which he helped to invent.
Exceptional among modern fiddlers for his versatility and depth, Anger has helped drive the evolution of the contemporary string band through his involvement with numerous pathbreaking ensembles such as his Republic Of Strings, the Turtle Island String Quartet, the David Grisman Quintet, Montreux, his Duo with Mike Marshall, and others.
He has performed and taught all over the world with musicians such as Dr. Billy Taylor, Bela Fleck, Bill Evans, Edgar Meyer, Bill Frisell, David Grisman, Tony Rice, Tim O’Brien, The Anonymous 4, Marin Alsop and the Cabrillo Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony, Mark O’Connor, and Stephane Grappelli.
Today Darol can be heard on NPR’s “Car Talk” theme every week, along with Earl Scruggs, David Grisman and Tony Rice. He was also the violinist on the phenomenally popular Sim City computer games.
In addition to performing all over the world, he has recorded and produced scores of important recordings since 1977, is a MacDowell and UCross Fellow, and has received numerous composers’ residencies and grants. He has been a featured soloist on dozens of recordings and motion picture soundtracks.
He is an Associate Professor at the Berklee School of music. He recently began an ambitious online Fiddle School at ArtistWorks.com. His website is http://www.darolanger.com

Wintergrass 2018 Performers-The Seldom Scene

On January 15, 2016 after the announcement of Ben Eldridge’s retirement from the band, Rickie Simpkins became the newest member of the Seldom Scene. Rickie started his musical career with “The Heights of Grass” and then continued professionally with OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAgroups like; “The Virginia Squires”, “Tony Rice Unit”, And then on to “Emmylou Harris’ The Red Dirt Boys”. Rickie is one of the most powerful multi instrumentalists on the planet. Rickie plays Banjo and Fiddle and sings with the Seldom Scene.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADUDLEY CONNELL plays a masterful guitar and provides powerful lead vocals for The Scene, which has a reputation for challenging the bounds of Bluegrass; and Connell’s musical virtuosity has pushed the group beyond these bounds. Audiences delight in Connell’s renditions of traditional songs like “Old Train”, folk ballads such as “Blue Diamond Mine”, and blues songs like “Rollin’ and Tumblin'”. Connell is a former member of The Johnson Mountain Boys.
Playing dobro for The Scene is one of the most respected dobro players on the bluegrass circuit today, FRED TRAVERS. He is also an accomplished vocalist who brings solid lead and harmony to The Scene. Travers is

a former member of the Gary Ferguson Band and the Paul Adkins Band. Fred is beloved for his tender vocals on Seldom Scene favorite’s Walk Through This World With Me, and From This Moment On.
RONNIE SIMPKINS plays rock-OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAsteady bass for the group and provides the bass vocals in The Scene’s quartets as well. Simpkins has been performing Bluegrass music since childhood and is a former member of The Tony Rice Unit. LOU REID, who plays mandolin for The Scene and provides the tenor vocals, is also a former member of Ricky Skaggs Band, Quicksilver, and he currently fronts his own group Carolina. On lead, or when providing harmony, Reid’s vocals are the epitome of the powerful, “high, lonesome” tenor that is the signature of Bluegrass music.