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Rocky Neck Bluegrass

2016 marks Rocky Neck Bluegrass Band‘s second appearance at Summergrass San Diego. This Southern California based group features Devitt Feeley on mandolin, Craig Ferguson on guitar and Lydia Veilleux on fiddle,  and the live ensemble often includes Brian Netzley on bass.  Feeley, Ferguson and Veilleux  got their start in the bluegrass music field by winning first place in the 2009 Topanga Banjo and Fiddle “Band Contest”.  In January of 2012 they followed that up by taking first place in the California Bluegrass Association’s “Great 48 Showcase Showdown”, competing against the top bluegrass bands from across the state.

Rocky Neck Bluegrass Band released their self-titled album in November of 2010. Recorded  in a 1920’s cabin in the mountain community of Big Bear, CA, and mastered by legendary bluegrass engineer Billy Wolf in Arlington, VA, the album has been receiving regular airplay on radio stations across the country.

Regarding their debut album, their website states “We wanted to make a bluegrass recording that had the feeling of a living room jam as opposed to the slick Nashville sound. Recording in Devitt’s cabin in Big Bear couldn’t have been a better situation,” says Craig, who engineered the recording. The blend of fresh bluegrass arrangements, original tunes, and traditional music on this album will be attractive to fans of not only bluegrass but also blues, country, and folk-oriented listeners.Devitt Feeley added, “By arranging songs that are not part of the standard bluegrass repertoire like Neil Young’s Comes A Time, we hope to reach out to people who might not know that they’re bluegrass fans.” According  to Lydia, “We searched our common repertoire for traditional tunes that still feel relevant today and tried to build fresh arrangements on these timeless songs. By juxtaposing old traditional songs like “Shady Grove” with bluegrass arrangements of more modern songs we hoped to respect traditional bluegrass, while extending a hand to people who aren’t that familiar with bluegrass music.”

Burning Heart Bluegrass Band

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There is  nothing like the sound of guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, and doghouse bass when they get into that special Bluegrass groove. Add to that high-powered vocals and soaring harmonies and you have Burning Heart Bluegrass. This great new band includes Jeff Fleck on guitar, Dan Sankey on mandolin, Keith Chagnon on banjo, Ron Vance on bass, and Steve Rosenstein on fiddle.

With nearly 100 years of musical experience between them, the members of Burning Heart Bluegrass delivers the bluegrass essentials with energy, drive, passion, and precision. Drawing it’s repertoire from old and new Bluegrass classics, BHB serves up  a genuine Bluegrass experience,  no gimmicks, upgrades, or additives!

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Sweet Tidings Band

Sweet Tidings Gospel Jam is comprised of Kimberly Conley, David Dickey II, Diana Hergert, Don Hergert, and Marc Nelissen. They present hymns and traditional gospel music with emphasis on Americana roots gospel done jam-style.  Fans describe Sweet Tidings as “happy, joyful, charming, new and fresh.”

When they played at Summergrass 2014, due to some technical difficulties, the band made a decision to come off the mainstage and play on the grassy lawn to the delight of the Summergrass fans.  Their show was electric and the crowd loved them!  Make some memories and be sure to see this very special band Sunday morning on the Summergrass mainstage!

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Old Town Road

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Old Town Road  featuring Steve Toth is a dynamic, acoustic bluegrass band based in North San Diego County, California. They perform traditional, contemporary and original bluegrass music featuring five multi-talented musicians with Steve Toth on dobro, Steve Dame on five string banjo, David Collins on fiddle, Mike Silver on guitar and Lance Gucwa on bass.

Steve Toth has recently completed a unique historical book and CD on pre-war Dobros titled DOBRO ROOTS – A Photo Tour Of Prewar Wood Body Dobros.  The foreword for the book was written by Jerry Douglas, the master of the dobro and a member of the “Earls of Leicester”.   DOBRO ROOTS has received excellent reviews in Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine, Vintage Guitar Magazine and other publications.

Old Town Road featuring  Steve Toth has appeared at the Summergrass Bluegrass Festival, the Belly Up Tavern, the Ramona Bluegrass and Old West Festival, the Temecula Bluegrass Festival, the Wayne Rice Show – Bluegrass Special on KSON Radio, Bluegrass Day at the Del Mar Fair, Via Verde Estates Concert Series, El Cajon Concert on the Green Series, and various other concerts and shows in the San Diego area.   They always put on a fun-filled performance so don’t miss this exciting bluegrass group!

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This Just In

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This Just In! is a four piece bluegrass band with emphasis on three and four piece vocal harmonies. This is a group that is growing in stature and reputation in the Southern California area. They do a mixture of traditional and contemporary styles. Members are Bob Fitch, guitar, Dave Richardson, banjo, Paula Lane, resophonic guitar and Pete Lorentz, upright bass. They’re scheduled to be on stage at Summergrass Saturday, August 20

Bob Fitch, guitar and lead vocalist, was born in New York State and music has been In his life from the very beginning.  He has been playing guitar since the age of eight.  A few years later, he formed a band and was playing at all the major resort hotels in the Catskill Mountains.  While living in the mountains of Colorado, he became interested in bluegrass music.  Bob owns his own business teaching children safety awareness and self defense.

Dave Richardson, 5-string banjo, vocals, was born in Jefferson Co., in Appalachian Ohio, where he spent many evenings backstage at at the WWVA Jamboree in Wheeling, West Virginia.  Upon graduation from college, he moved to Hawaii, where he became a permanent member of the Don Ho show.  He has recorded with Glenn Campbell, Jimmy Martin, Chris Hillman, Herb Peterson, Kenny Rogers & Mel Tillis.  By day, he lives in San Gabriel and works in Burbank at Bosch Communications Systems.

Paula Lane, resophonic guitar and vocals, was born in Jacksonville, Fla.  She became interested in bluegrass music after moving to Southern California in 1978.  She bought her first “Dobro” as a Christmas present in 1984 and decided this was the instrument she was meant to play.  She has played in several California bands.  Paula is also an accomplished wildlife photographer who often posts her photos on her Facebook site.  Become her Facebook “friend” and see these great pictures, particularly of birds.

Pete Lorentz, upright bass and vocals, was born in California and raised in rural Missouri. The son of a professional musician, he was exposed to many different kinds of music. He has been playing bass for nearly 45 years with numerous bands. He is retired from a 31 year career an X-Ray Service Engineer.

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