The performances make up the eleventh program in a 13-week series launched by Pioneer Public TV in 2015 with assistance from the nonprofit Minnesota Bluegrass and Old Time Music Association (MBOTMA).
The Platte Valley Boys have existed as a band in one form or another since 1975 and they are celebrating playing bluegrass in the Upper Midwest for 40 years in 2015. The current configuration includes founding member Ron Colby on banjo, Scott Stebbins on mandolin, Tony Andreason on guitar, Catie Jo Pidel on fiddle and Ross Willits on bass. Tony Andreason is known to many as the lead singer and guitarist with the legendary rock ‘n’ roll group The Trashmen who toured extensively in the 60s with the hit “Surfin Bird.” In 2007 the Platte Valley Boys became the first bluegrass band to be inducted into the Minnesota Rock & Country Hall of Fame.
The Drunken Catfish Ramblers are a hard to categorize street band with New Orleans style sound. They have spent the past several years playing the streets of the world as well as the stages of the Montreal and New Orleans Jazz Festivals. Their sets comprise a cross section of the best of American vernacular music, from delta blues to Appalachian stomps to early jazz and popular songs. Band members include the Rev. Greg Sherman on guitar and vocals; Bob Ayo on the tuba; Stalebread Scottie on guitar and vocals; Mr. Gunn on the fiddle and mandolin and R.C. Hampton on the washboard.
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