23 String Band, Blue Canyon Boys

23 String Band

The 23 String Band plays fun, fuel-injected, original Americana that dangerously weaves across the lanes of modern acoustic music — windows down, accelerator to the floor, on a joyride into the unknown with one eye on the vintage sounds in the rearview mirror. It’s a bluegrass attack fueled by high-octane rock-n-roll energy and triple-distilled oldtimey roots. Your feet hurt from dancing; your face hurts from grinning. Get ready: you’re riding shotgun!

Notable performances include:
2013 Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival (Oak Hill, NY)
2012 RockyGrass Festival (Lyons, CO)
2012 & 2010 Master Musicians Festival (Somerset, KY)
2012, 2011 & 2010 ROMP Festival (Owensboro, KY)
2013 & 2010 Forecastle Festival (Louisville, KY)
2011 Bluegrass on the Bay (Great Falls, MT)
2013 & 2012 Festival of the Bluegrass (Lexington, KY)
2012 & 2011 Beartrap Summer Fest (Casper, WY)
2011 Licking River Music Festival (Cincinnatti, OH)
2011 Folk in the Fall (Haleyville, AL)
2013 Meadowgrass Festival (La Foret, CO)
2011 & 2010 Kentucky Bluegrass Music Festival (Louisville, KY)
2013 Oberlin Folk Festival (Oberlin, OH)
2012 Forest Fest (Louisville, KY)
2010 & 2011 Terrapin Hill Harvest Festival (Harrodsburg, KY)
2009 Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion (Bristol, TN/VA)
2013 Lowertown Arts & Music Festival (Paducah, KY)
2010 World Equestrian Games (Lexington, KY)
2009 Mountain Heritage Literary Festival (Harrogate, TN)
2010 Festival of Faiths (Louisville, KY)
2012 Louisville Loves Mountains Day (Louisville, KY)
Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour (Lexington, KY)
2012 IBMA World of Bluegrass Conference – official showcase (Nashville, TN)
2011 Folk Alliance International Conference – official showcase (Memphis, TN)
and more.


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Born into a musical family in the hills of eastern Kentucky, CHRIS SHOUSE began singing and playing guitar around campfires and church revivals. His love affair with mountain music continues to this day; you can hear it in his fine pickin', and above all in his singing. By turns powerful, sweet, and haunting, he's got the kind of voice that'll set your neck hair standing up . . . in a good way! Being one of distinction, you may see Chris with tight rolled jeans, argyle socks, and a band of gypsies following his every footstep.

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CURTIS WILSON comes from the Cumberland Valley region of Kentucky. His grandma having grown up across the street from Dave "String Bean" Akemon had nothing to do with his decision to pick up the banjo, and although he plays the clawhammer style like String Bean, he also plays the two- and three-finger melodic styles as well. He also has a big share of the band's songwriting. Aside from being the sole voice crying out for Kentucky to cease its involvement with the State Quarter collection, he also moonlights as the lead cut man in the corner of reigning kangaroo boxing champ, "Captain."

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Growing up in the river city of Owensboro (just up the road from Bill Monroe's old homeplace), DAVE HOWARD didn't play the mandolin, and he didn't play bluegrass. His first stage appearance was at a high school talent show, playing bass on a Beck song -- but losing to the seniors who played the Pearl Jam song. Since then Dave's made a name for himself as a fine mandolin player and harmony singer -- sitting in with Vince Herman of Leftover Salmon, filling in for Adrienne Young and Little Sadie, and performing with the Louisville Mandolin Orchestra and with bands all over the region. He often has the additional distinction of having the best beard in the room.

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Scotty Moore is a member of the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame. SCOTT MOORE is not, but he hopes to be one day. Another Kentucky product of a musical family, Scott started playing violin at age four, writing music at six, and singing since before he can remember. He's been a classical soloist with a number of orchestras, played Bach and Paganini in bars all over the country, and Kentucky fiddle tunes in Carnegie Hall. He's played and written music in almost every style you can imagine. He's also been known to climb trees, drive too fast, and streak, but has since cut at least one of those out.

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T. MARTIN STAM is from Chapel Hill, North Carolina -- but he makes his home in Kentucky now, so the rest of the boys don't hold it against him. An accomplished bassist, he began his music career at age five, with the violin. Since then he's studied classical and jazz with luminaries from Yo-Yo Ma to Wynton Marsalis, and completed two music performance degrees in the process. He loves all kinds of music, and he's just as likely to bust out a Hank Williams song or old-time fiddle tune as anything else. He's also a triathlete, professional dog-walker, breakdancer, and commando fisherman (it's not what you think). . . .

Blue Canyon Boys

The Blue Canyon Boys have quickly earned a reputation as one of the premier bluegrass bands of the Rocky Mountain region. Blending incredible traditional and brother-duet-style vocals & award winning instrumental proficiency, this energetic band drives audiences to their feet & leaves them asking for more!

Kentucky native Gary Dark plays the mandolin & contributes many original songs to the band. His amazing tenor singing puts the “high” in the band’s high lonesome sound. Gary’s soaring voice often elicits enthusiastic responses from audiences, and his unique, high-speed mandolin style adds to the musical excitement.

Guitarist Jason Hicks also writes material for the band, & his interest in pioneering guitarists such as Don Reno & Norman Blake has helped him to develop a style that draws from the raw emotional energy of the past. Jason’s knowledge about the early pioneers of bluegrass guitar landed him a feature article in Flatpicking Guitar magazine, for which he has also appeared as a guest columnist. Jason’s unique vocal style plays a key role in the Blue Canyon Boys’ sound.

Drew Garrett slaps a mean bass & and sings baritone vocals with the band. His credits include the innovative 1980s new grass band “Danger in the Air”, whose members went on to play with bands such as The Dixie Chicks & The John Jorgenson Quintet. Drew also performed with and recorded two albums with The Domestic Science Club on Discovery/Elektra Records.

Texas native and banjoist Chris Elliott is a founding member of the Rebel Recording bluegrass band Spring Creek and the 2007 Rockygrass banjo champion. He has had the privilege of sharing the stage with many of his bluegrass heroes including Tony Trischka, Michael Cleveland Pete Wernick, Alan Munde, Sally Van Meter, Matt Flinner , and many others. Chris studied banjo extensively with Alan Munde and now works closely with Pete Wernick at his Dr. Banjo Jam Camp. For more information on Chris and his teaching schedule, visit www.chriselliottbanjo.com

With four well-received recordings (“Just an Old Dirt Road” 2006, “Hello City Limits” 2008, “House Full of Sorrow” 2009 & the newly released “Mountain Bound”), and their win of the prestigious Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band competition in 2008, the Blue Canyon Boys have been steadily working their way into the hearts of bluegrass music lovers across the West. From the first sound of the hard driving banjo to the final rumble of the doghouse bass, the Blue Canyon Boys are sure to entertain and energize.



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