April 19th, 2015
“Damn everything but the circus! …damn everything that is grim, dull, motionless, unrisking, inward turning, damn everything that won’t get into the circle, that won’t enjoy. That won’t throw it’s heart into the tension, surprise, fear and delight of the circus, the round world, the full existence…”
― E.E. Cummings
Today, Apr 18, is World Circus Day
January 1st, 2015
Here’s wishing 2015 brings health, insight and creativity to you – and lots of music. It’s 20 below and sunny in Victor as I write this. Psychedelic snow crystals and deer tracks adorn the yard. Feeling hopeful. I look forward to bringing my music to you in one form or another – recorded, live, or via teaching – in the coming months.
November 4th, 2014
So sorry to hear about the passing of this brilliant host of Car Talk with the maniacal laugh. He was the best and filled our house with many Saturday morning laughs. Proud to have had a few of my songs played on the show over the years.
Nice NPR tribute here.
August 1st, 2014
Looking forward to getting High on a Mountain next week at the Targhee Music Camp. We have the most students signed up ever and a stellar cast of instructors. I will wrap up the week of teaching with a set at the Targhee Bluegrass fest with the New Reeltime Travelers, with special guests Eric Thorin and Brittany Haas. Can’t wait!
I have been completely slammed this summer in the Henhouse. Highlights have included a new recording by the New Reeltime Travelers, two releases by local favorites Shelley & Kelly, the Brian Maw Band, and the Many Strings Cowboy Christmas cd. Looking forward to upcoming sessions with Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore and John Cooke who will be recording an audio book about his experience as Janis Joplin’s road manager.
March 21st, 2014
Well well. Its been a busy late winter/early spring. Some great late season storms brought great powder skiing to the Tetons. Lately this has given way to corn skiing, and crust cruising on skate skis on the valley floor. Oh yeah, and the fish are starting to bite….
Music-wise, I have been spending a lot of time with my headphones on recording projects for two of the recent Grand Masters Fiddle Champions (Jacie Sites and Laura Waters), the Bar J Wranglers, Shelley & Kelly, ski-legend Bill Briggs, Maddy and the Groove Spots, Screen Door Porch and others. Recently completed a Canada Tour as part of the April Verch Bigger Band. And looking forward to upcoming gigs this summer with The Growling Old Men and my pals The New Reeltime Travelers (check out our new video).
don’t forget April Fool’s Day….
August 12th, 2013
For some reason Jerry Douglas decided to sit in with us the other day – what a treat!!!Growling Old Men w/ Jerry Douglas, Sweet Pea Fest, Aug 3
July 9th, 2013
Hot off the press – we are proud to announce the release of the new Growling Old Men CD, Chicken Feed and Baling Twine, and Ben’s new instruction book written with Brian Wicklund, The American Mandolin Method, Volume II.
Published by MelBay, this book is written for intermediate players and picks up where Volume I leaves off. It includes clear descriptions, illustrations, exercises, techniques and 29 popular jamming tunes. Says mandolin master John Reischman, “I wish I had this book when I was starting out.” Available here!
Chicken Feed and Baling Twine was recorded during two different weekend sessions in the winter of 2012-13 at the venerable Henhouse studio. A mixture of new, old and obscure material; including two each from Lowell and Winship, one lively instrumental and a handful of songs that we’ve been performing over the past few years but hadn’t recorded.
Our good friend and fishing buddy, David Thompson, also played bass on most of the tracks and added a bit of harmony. (Plus he did the brilliant CD design). We are really excited about this one. Available here!
February 18th, 2013
January 29 at Grand Targhee
This winter has been off & on, but its had a few moments!
Plus lots of good music played, recorded and listened to when the powder’s been lacking…