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…
January 15th, 2013
Somehow this detour sign leads to a dead end….
And it happens to be the street I live on.
What does this say about my life and career?
October 26th, 2012
Sometimes having a light gig schedule can be a good thing…
September 11th, 2012
We are proud to announce the publication of our new book, The American Mandolin Method, Vol 1. This is an elementary instruction book – written with my pal, fiddler Brian Wicklund - designed for beginning mandolin players. The book is akin to Brian’s ultra-successful American Fiddle series, published by MelBay. It’s available here now! And look for Volume 2 in a few months.
August 6th, 2012
Its been a charged summer so far. Highlights were this show in South Dakota back in June with Kanes River. Had a great/hot tour of MT, ID, NV and UT with John Lowell and Leon Hunt. Then a blast playing at the Red Ants Pants fest last wknd. Gearing up for Grand Targhee Music Camp this week, followed by a Music on Main performance with Reeltime Blizard on thurs, then two sets at the Grand Targhee Bluegrass Fest on Sat with Kanes River and Reeltime Blizard. We will then go jump in a lake in Vermont for 10 days.