Long Road Home is a Boulder, Colorado based Bluegrass Band featuring Martin Gilmore on guitar, Justin Hoffenberg on fiddle, Pete Wernick on banjo, Jordan Ramsey on mandolin and Andrew Bonnis on bass. Straight ahead bluegrass is what you get with this group playing in the time honored tradition of Flatt and Scruggs and Bill Monroe. They were the “mystery band” at the 2014 “Under an August Moon” festival in Richmond.
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 performances make up the fifth program in a 13-week series launched by Pioneer Public TV 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 is 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.