If you had recently asked me if I was a fan of bluegrass music, the answer would’ve been NO. It’s not that I saw anything offensive about the style of music. I simply never heard any bluegrass offering that held my attention for more than a second or two.
When I was recently invited to shoot a live appearance by The Seldom Scene at The Otter House, I would be lying if I said I couldn’t think of other things that I would rather have done on a (day of the week) night. I agreed to film the show and I am so glad I did! The show was awesome! I was absolutely amazed. I strongly encourage you to check out this video. If you’re a bluegrass fan, you’ll be blown away. If you’re not, you will definitely become a fan of The Seldom Scene.
the following wirte up is from SeldomScene.com
One of the founding members, banjo player BEN ELDRIDGE, has been with The Seldom Scene since its inception, November 2, 1971, and he still performs with the same fire and enthusiasm that characterized the band’s early days as a progressive group that took Bluegrass music to new heights. Ben is also well loved for his scat singing on fan favorite, “Lay Down Sally”. Ben turns 74 years old August 15, 2012.
DUDLEY CONNELL plays a masterful guitar and provides powerful lead vocals for The Scene, which has a reputation for challenging the bounds of Bluegrass; and Connell’s musical virtuosity has pushed the group beyond these bounds. Audiences delight in Connell’s renditions of traditional songs like “Old Train”, folk ballads such as “Blue Diamond Mine”, and blues songs like “Rollin’ and Tumblin’”. Connell is a former member of The Johnson Mountain Boys.
Playing dobro for The Scene is one of the most respected dobro players on the bluegrass circuit today, FRED TRAVERS. He is also an accomplished vocalist who brings solid lead and harmony to The Scene. Travers is a former member of the Gary Ferguson Band and the Paul Adkins Band. Fred is beloved for his tender vocals on Seldom Scene favorite’s Walk Through This World With Me, and From This Moment On.
RONNIE SIMPKINS plays rock-steady bass for the group and provides the bass vocals in The Scene’s quartets as well. Simpkins has been performing Bluegrass music since childhood and is a former member of The Tony Rice Unit. LOU REID, who plays mandolin for The Scene and provides the tenor vocals, is also a former member of Ricky Skaggs Band, Quicksilver, and he currently fronts his own group Carolina. On lead, or when providing harmony, Reid’s vocals are the epitome of the powerful, “high, lonesome” tenor that is the signature of Bluegrass music.
JOHN DUFFEY, former bandleader and beloved character, John passed away December 10, 1996. He was, to many, the greatest tenor voice ever in bluegrass music.