March includes two shows that feature American roots music, especially bluegrass. Both shows are at the Unitarian Fellowship, 87 4th St., Ashland and begin at 8 p.m. You can find tickets at www.stclairevents.com, by calling 541-535-3562 or at the Music Coop in downtown Ashland.
Friday, March 13, John McEuen presents “A Life in Music” a multi-media retrospective of his career. A founding member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, McEuen has continually performed since 1964 – 8,500 concerts and 300 television shows throughout more than 3 million miles – both with NGDB and as a solo performer. He has recorded over 40 albums (6 solo) that have earned four platinum and five gold recognition awards, Grammy nominations, CMA and ACM awards, an Emmy nomination, IBMA record of the year award. In addition, he has performed on another 25 albums as guest artist. McEuen also has produced more than 300 concerts throughout his career – the first in 1965 in Long Beach, CA with Bob Dylan.
Considered by many to be to country music what Jerry Garcia was to rock, McEuen instigated the classic platinum landmark Will the Circle Be Unbroken album. The album was recently inducted into Library of Congress as one of America’s most important recordings. His band’s song “Mr. Bojangles” was recently added to the Grammy Hall of Fame. In January, NGDB was inducted into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame.
In 2013, McEuen received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Charlie Poole Festival in Eden, NC. He was honored for his dedication to the banjo and his continued creativity in traditional music. Folk Alliance Region West presented McEuen with The Best of the West Performer Award in 2010.
Saturday, March 28, Laurie Lewis and Kathy Kallick sing the songs of Vern and Ray. Vern and Ray and the Carroll County Country Boys was one of the first bluegrass bands in Northern California, performing from the late 50s to 1974. Lewis and Kallick recently released an 18-song CD tribute to Vern and Ray.
“California based, both Laurie and Kathy have been friends, collaborators and band members for more than a few years. Originally members of the iconic Californian band The Good Old Persons, they both went on to have separate and hugely respected solo careers. But they never forgot the main influence of their early years was the bluegrass and old timey sound of Vern Williams and Ray Park. This amazing collection is their way of somehow paying back and recognising the kick-start Vern and Ray’s music gave them.” Lonesome Highway ~ Ronnie Norton
“It’s straight-up, meat-and-potatoes bluegrass music of the kind that all too rarely features prominent female vocals; here Lewis and Kallick handle most lead and harmony singing….” CD Hotlist