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.
The Volo Bogtrotters are considered to be one of the premier American old-time bands from the Midwest. The band originally formed in 1984 and played together until they dispersed in 2002. They reemerged in 2012 as a six piece old time music powerhouse. Band members hail from Chicago, Skokie and Evanston, Illinois La Grange Wisconsin and St. Louis Missouri. They include: Fred Campeau on fiddle and banjo, Jim Nelson on guitar, Steve Rosen on banjo, Tony Scarimbolo on string bass and harmonica, Chirps Smith on fiddle and mandolin and Paul Tyler on fiddle and mandolin.
The performances make up the fourth program in a 13 week series launched by Pioneer on January 24, 2015 with assistance from the nonprofit Minnesota Bluegrass and Old Time Music Association (MBOTMA).
Pioneer Public TV is an award winning, viewer-supported television station dedicated to sharing local stories of the region with the world. The station can be viewed over the air on KWCM Channel 10 in Appleton, KSMN Channel 20 in Worthington and K49FA in Fergus Falls as well as on dozens of cable channels and on satellite channels in the Sioux Falls Designated Market Area (DMA). Pioneer in now viewable on Channel 10 in the local line up via Dish Network satellite in the Twin Cities DMA and will soon be viewable on DirecTV. Most local productions are also posted online at pioneer.org.