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Keller Williams & The Keels perform “Uncle Disney” in a behind-the-scenes video from the taping on Etown Nonprofit with Marc Broussard int he video posted below!

eTown welcomes back veteran performer and musician Keller Williams for his third visit to the show. He brings with him The Keels (husband/wife duo Larry and Jenny Keel) who promise to add a bluegrass twist to Keller’s customary ‘one man eclectic band’ sound. Nick & Helen Forster are also happy to welcome a Louisiana-bred singer/songwriter and eTown first-timer, Marc Broussard. Marc brings his own signature blend of R&B, soul, and funk.

Catch the entire show on the radio in your area, podcast it or stream it online…http://etown.org/listen.php Larry Keel

Here’s the link to the podcast: http://etown.org/podcast/

The broadcasting all starts with these clips:

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My grandmother got herself a writeup in the Erie Times!

My Grandmother and Me

Liz Allen: Cold imagery stirs up warm memories

Written  by Liz Allen,  The Erie Times www.goerie.com

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. . .  life was luxurious compared with that of Depression-era kids like Dorothy Scholze. She called me after we ran an Associated Press photo that said the Pittsburgh Mills Mall is in Tarentum. Dorothy, 81, says it’s in Harwick, built on her great-grandfather’s farm.

Many of the region’s Eastern European immigrants were coal miners, and some met awful fates. Dorothy was 13 when her maternal grandfather, John Hanovsky, 63, died in a slate slide. An uncle, trapped in a mine as he laid a brick wall, “came out and was white as a ghost. He never went back again,” she says.

Her parents, William and Hattie Busan, chose a different path. A painter and a decorator, her dad bought a two-room house in the country. In high school, she taught swimming and lifeguarded at the YMCA, which sponsored summer camp in Emlenton, organized field trips to Pittsburgh and encouraged teens to attend college.

Dorothy planned to take the train from Tarentum to the University of Pittsburgh; her dad planned to expand their tiny house. Then her parents were seriously hurt when a truck rammed their car. After the accident, “My plans changed,” she says. She pauses, then adds: “Everything changed for the better.”

She met Richard Scholze at a Y dance. Married in 1950, they built a home in Lawrence Park Township near her parents, her brother and friends from the Pittsburgh area. She and Richard raised three sons and a daughter.

She recalls the struggles of the Depression, but counts her blessings every day. She remembers her mom, who fished for trout and liked to hunt. “That’s her bear there,” she says, pointing to a mount on the wall. Their long-ago move to Erie remains an “adventure.” She still loves the water and swims at the Y.

Recently widowed, Dorothy sorely misses Richard. But every evening, she drifts off to sleep amid a shower of snowflakes that her dad stenciled on her bedroom wall, using patterns she made as a child. She’s wrapped in the warmth of happy memories.

LIZ ALLEN writes about ordinary people each week. You can reach her at 870-1735 or at liz.allen@timesnews.com.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE: http://www.goerie.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20110130/OPINION18/301309815/-1/RSS02

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Bobby Miller and The Virginia Dare Devils are authentic Appalachian “Blur Grass” from Asheville, NC, deeply rooted in traditional bluegrass, old time, and swing, with big family style vocals that sew it all together to create a well tailored musical garment unique in style and taste.

Named after the first person of European descent born in the new world, the Virginia Dare Devils’ moniker conjures the image of a culturally blended lifestyle that honors the amazing spirit of this legendary woman. Born in what is currently present day coastal North Carolina, Virginia Dare is said, in legend, to have wholeheartedly embraced the primitive culture of the Croatoan people after being abducted by them in 1590 along with the rest the settlers of what is known today as “The Lost Colony.”

Meet the DareDevils:

Bobby Miller: Mandolin-Lead Vocals
Born in Georgia in the sixties during the height of psychedelic radio pop Bobby always had a knack for anything musical.  After moving to Matthews he was exposed to his first note of Bluegrass music.  Somehow ending up landing in a suburban home next door to Country Music legend and Grand Old Opry Host George Hamilton IV.  “I’d stand on my back porch way past my bedtime and listen to the sounds of banjo and fiddle.”  He was more into bands like The Beatles, David Bowie and The Doors and the like.  Later in life, after hearing Old and In The Way, all that changed.  He took right to it and before he knew it, he was on stage and sharing his music with as many music lovers as possible.  That lead to his time with the Atlanta groups River Bottom Band and Cornfusion.  Then came the big move to Asheville, NC, and his touring with the Bluegrass/Americana group Boss Hawg.  Shortly after, in 2008, he formed The Virginia Dare Devils. After playing regional festivals and clubs for a year, and honing the music to a sharp edge, the group began work on their first recording, Brother Adieu.

Griff Martin: Guitar-Backup Vocals
Griff is widely accepted as one of the hottest young bluegrass guitar players in the region. His fluid and inventive style has been sharply honed from his early beginnings as a classical pianist to his current accomplishments as a Bluegrass guitar player. He has played and still does on occasion with such Bluegrass touring acts as The Darren Nicholson Band, and Buncombe Turnpike. His musical talent has taken him nationwide as well as overseas. In addition to his accomplished guitar playing, he may be found playing Bluegrass Banjo, Mandolin and even Electric Guitar.

Jason Flournoy: Banjo
Jason began his brilliant musical career with the Colorado based Shanti Groove.  After touring the country with Shanti Groove, he attracted the attention of flatpicking genius Larry Keel which led to a four year stint as the banjo player for Larry Keel and Natural Bridge.  Jason’s solid melodic style fits the Virginia Dare style like a glove.

Tim Gardner: Fiddle
Hailing from Brevard, NC comes from primarily an old-time fiddle background, but has also ventured into other genres that include country, Celtic, swing, classical, and of course, bluegrass. He learned many of the fiddle and dance tunes in his repertoire from his parents, Lo and Mary Gordon, who are well-established figures in the old-time music community. Tim has traveled to fiddler’s conventions performing with his family since he was the age of seven and has won or placed in many fiddle competitions throughout North Carolina and in his native state of Florida. In addition to being a recording engineer and session musician, Tim frequently takes side work performing and/or recording with various WNC artists including Shannon Whitworth, Bobby Powell & Tim Jones, Allison Williams, Lyndsay Wojcik and Nikki Talley. During the day, Tim works for his dad at Cedar Mountain Banjos building some of the finest open-back banjos on the market. One of his banjos is featured on A Greater Storm, which he plays on “Dance Around the Daisies”.

Rick Cooper: Upright Bass
Rick, or Coop, as he is known, is one of the premier multi instrumentalists on the scene today.  He is a graduate of the Bluegrass program at East Tennessee State University and has been with such bands as The Clear Liquor Pickers, Carolina Call Time, and Silver Dagger.  Not only is Coop a fantastic bass player, he’s also a wonderful guitar player.  In fact, he placed third in the Rocky Grass guitar competition two years in a row.  We’re thrilled to have this fine musician holding down the bottom for us.

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Show Details at a Glance:

Bobby Miller and the Virginia Dare Devils
Jack of The Wood
Friday, February 25, 2010

$5
7pm doors; 9pm show
95 Patton Avenue
Asheville, NC‎ 28801
(828) 252-5445 ext 105
www.jackofthewood.com

Find out more about the Bobby Miller and the Virginia Dare Devils at www.reverbnation.com/virginiadaredevils.

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Two amazingly talented acts will be performing at The Evening Muse this Thursday, February 24th in Charlotte, NC: Cathie Ryan and Larry Keel & Natural Bridge.

Traditional Irish vocalist Cathie Ryan (Cherish the Ladies) is suberbly talented and has receive the award of “Female Vocalist of the Decade” by liveireland.com. Cathie will be accompanied on guitar and vocals by Ireland native Patsy O’Brien whose guitar playing moves from driving rhythm to delicate and melodic finger picking. The New Haven Advocate writes, “His music is stomping and ocean breezy – sure footed and fragile …”. Cathie will also be accompanied by on fiddle by New York born Matt Mancuso, who was the star fiddle player in Lord of the Dance – performing to sell out crowds throughout the world; a founding member of the rousing ensemble The Mickey Finns, and has taken star turns in tours with Irish super-group Grada. Cathie Ryan starts the evening off at 8pm.

Alternative Bluegrass ensemble Larry Keel and Natural Bridge have a show in the late evening slot, beginning at 10:30pm.  Larry Keel is award winning flatpicker that is well known for his gravelly voice and lightning fast licks. Keel is backed by his band, Natural Bridge made up of the vastly talented Mark Schimick on mandolin and vocals, Larry’s life-long picker pal (and fishing phenom) Will Lee on soulful, blues-grass style 5-string banjo and penetrating lead vocals, and wife Jenny Keel with her impeccable timing and solid, yet imaginative bass lines as well as tenor vocal harmonies.

Cathie Ryan


Irish American singer-songwriter, Cathie Ryan, has been called a “thrilling traditional vocalist,” by the Boston Globe. Billboard Magazine says her voice is, “enchanting.” and The Irish Echo says her singing is “mature, masterful, at times magnificent.” Since her acclaimed seven year tenure as lead singer of Cherish the Ladies, Cathie has released 4 critically acclaimed CDs on Shanachie Records: Cathie Ryan, The Music of What Happens, Somewhere Along the Road, and her latest, The Farthest Wave. She is featured on more than forty compilations of Celtic Music worldwide, including the renowned A Woman’s Heart – A Decade On.

Cathie tours internationally, headlining at performing arts centers, folk festivals, and guest starring with symphony orchestras. A captivating performer, Cathie’s shows are renowned for their blend of song, story, and the virtuoso playing of her award-winning band. “Anyone wondering what constitutes excellence in Irish American singing today, need only attend a Cathie Ryan concert…” The Wall Street Journal.

“There is a powerful sweetness in Cathie Ryan’s voice, as well as a Celtic intensity that can be felt in all the songs she writes and sings–songs of place, songs of memory, poignant songs of the heart,” state Billy Collins, Former U.S. Poet Laureate.

Larry Keel and Natural Bridge


“With an unofficial title of ‘Bluegrass Legend and Master Fisherman’, Larry Keel is considered one of the best flatpickers on the planet. Steeped in the old-timey and with a gravelly voice as deep and rich as moonshine on a riverbank… Larry’s flat-picking style is as seamless as it is gymnastic and he’s a master at simulating banjo rolls, mandolin runs or even parts that you would normally hear played on a fiddle,” touts Mousike Magazine.

John Patrick Gatta from Jambands.com depicts, “It’s the approach to the material that makes all the difference here, a hybrid of bluegrass with folk, country and jazz that tweaks the arrangements in subtly, shifting ways to grab one’s attention. Keel dubs it New Mountain Music, and that’s good enough for me. It feels like sunshine peaking through a thick forest or a sunrise with the grass caked by morning dew.”

Keel has weathered the changing tides of traditional bluegrass, country, jam rock, roots reggae, and even the currently emerging indie-alt scene always honoring the pioneers that introduced Bluegrass and Mountain Music into popular culture. Throughout his career, Keel has released 13 albums and is featured on 10 others. He is an ever-evolving musical force that stands in ongoing defiance to all genre expectations. And his fierce, high-spirited energy also appeals to young rockers, jammers and alt country pickers and fans who are equally drawn to Keel’s deep rumbling voice, his earthy and imaginative song-writing, and his down-home-gritty-good-time charm.

Guitar Player Magazine states, “When bluegrass guitar greats Tony Rice, Norman Blake, and Beppe Gambeta sing your praises, you must be good.”

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Show Details:

The Evening Muse
Thursday, February 24, 2011

8pm Cathie Ryan $8 adv/ $10 dos
10:30pm Larry Keel & Natural Bridge  $12 adv/ $14 dos

704-376-3737
3227 N. Davidson Street
Charlotte, NC

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Slatyfork, WV – Join Larry Keel & Natural Bridge and friends for Trout & Tunes: three days of instruction, small concerts, incredible food and lodging. You’ll be hanging out at the Elk River Inn, Cabins & Restaurant located in the high peaks of West Virginia at the base of Snowshoe Mountain. Guitar, mandolin, banjo and bass guitar instruction are the highlights of Trout & Tunes. Picking sessions on Thursday, Friday and Saturday will build up to a very special concert Saturday evening to cap things off with Larry Keel, Natural Bridge and friends. Elk River has plenty of things to do when not learning a new lick. Fly and spin fishing for trout, hiking and mountain bikes trails are right out the door. Or just relaxing with a cold beverage near the campfire.

Guests arrive on Thursday between 4 and 7pm for a family style dinner; to meet with Larry, the band, special guests and fellow campers; and to settle in to a cozy cabin, Inn or bunk house lodging. All meals from Thursday evening through Sunday breakfast are included in this very special weekend. Between music workshops and jams, fishin is aplenty at the local rivers such as the Williams, Elk, or one of the dozens of native brook fisheries. Guests can also learn to fly cast with Elk River’s Orvis Endorsed guides in a Saturday workshop.

“With an unofficial title of ‘Bluegrass Legend and Master Fisherman’, Larry Keel is considered one of the best flatpickers on the planet. Steeped in the old-timey and with a gravelly voice as deep and rich as moonshine on a riverbank… Larry’s flat-picking style is as seamless as it is gymnastic and he’s a master at simulating banjo rolls, mandolin runs or even parts that you would normally hear played on a fiddle.” ~ Mousike Magazine

Joining the award-winning Flatpickin legend to make up Natural Bridge and to host Trout & Tunes are the vastly talented Mark Schimick on mandolin and vocals, Larry’s life-long picker pal (and fishing phenom) Will Lee on soulful, blues-grass style 5-string banjo and penetrating lead vocals, and wife Jenny Keel with her impeccable timing and solid, yet imaginative bass lines as well as tenor vocal harmonies. Expect to see some other special guests to host music workshops and sit in on the jams!

The cost for the Trout & Tunes weekend is $495.00 plus tax in the Farmhouse (5 bedrooms share 3 baths) and $595.00 plus tax in the Private Inn (room with private bath) or groups of 3-6 person private cabins. For more information or reservation, please call 304-572-3771 or 866-572-3771. You may also email info@ertc.com and visit the lodge website: www.elkriverinnandrestaurant.com

There is also more information for the musician fisherman or the fishin music-lover at Keel and company’s website Fishin and Pickin. Also stay tuned for more information on the 4th annual Fishin and Pickin: Big Bass and Bluegrass weekend near Perry, Georgia in the fall.

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Fishin and Pickin Presents “Trout & Tunes”
A Fishing & Music Workshop weekend with Larry Keel & Natural Bridge
Thursday- Sunday, April 28th – May 1st, 2011
4-7pm Thursday check-in; 10am Sunday morning check-out
Elk River Inn
Slatyfork, WV

For more information:
info@ertc.com
304-572-3771 or 866-572-3771
www.elkriverinnandrestaurant.com
www.fishinandpickin.com
www.larrykeel.com
Also find Trout & Tunes on Facebook

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This is a great Acoustic Syndicate mini-documentary that was filmed at the Orange Peel in Asheville, NC by MPA Productions.

Folk-rock band, Acoustic Syndicate, is the product of Cleveland County’s McMurry clan and is known for their high-energy, positive sound. Guitarist Steve “Big Daddy” McMurry is joined by his cousins, Bryon McMurry on banjo and Fitz McMurry on drums. The three McMurrys also bring a trademark vocal trio that only a lifetime of singing together can deliver. They are backed on acoustic and electric bass by Asheville’s Jays Sanders‘ versatile playing that hinges between being the steadfast “rock” and expanding into adventurous improv. The guys have written some great new songs and have recently added (the Biscuit Burners) Billy Cardine‘s blistering dobro sounds to the mix.

Here is a link to an audio archive from the show at the Orange Peel in Asheville over Thanksgiving weekend: http://www.archive.org/details/as2010-11-27.at853.flac16.

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Larry Keel and Natural Bridge recently played Pisgah Brewing in Black Mountain,  NC. Jeremiah Greer Live was able to catch up with them before the show to do a nice video interview with Larry and Jenny Keel. He also got some footage of the show with Natural Bridge.  It was a rip roaring musical night and the core of Natural Bridge: The Keels, Mark Schimick and Will Lee had some special guests join in for a few songs later on in the evening as well: Bobby Miller, Jason Flournoy and Jason Krekel.

Visit Jeremiah Greer’s website at jeremiahgreerlive.com

Find out more about Larry Keel at larrykeel.com

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