2012 Ribfest Peoples Choice
Silver Pig Award Winners!
CAROLINA RIB KING:
Solomon Williams and the entire Carolina Rib Kinge Team
turned out to accept their Peoples Choice
Silver Pig Award for Best Ribs.
Their second Peoples Choice award at the
Carolina Mountain Ribfest.
COWBOYS'S BARBEQUE & RIB COMPANY:
Entique of Cowboy's Barbeque and Rib Company From Texas
accepts the Peoples Choice Silver Pig award for Best Sauce
from John Patterson of Western Carolina Productions, Inc.
Producers of the Carolina Mountain Ribfest.
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||MUSTANG SALLY - 9:30pm
THE HOSS HOWARD BAND - 7:30pm
KELLEY and THE COWBOYS - 5:30pm
LYRIC - 4:00pm
What happens when Sex and the City meets Honky Tonk U.S.A.? You get: "One of the tightest bands on the planet.” -Larry Holden, Country Weekly Magazine “Tobi sings with moxie!” -Robert K. Oermann, Music Row Magazine “One of the most amazing acts I've ever had the privilege of seeing in our conference. These girls bring it!” J.D. Cannon, two-time CMA Personality of the Year and Country DJ Hall of Fame inductee When you attend a Mustang Sally show, you are transported away from everyday life and into the world that Mustang Sally inhabits: a world where dancing on the bar is encouraged, and spontaneity is king. People are transformed from spectators into participants through interactive songs both edgy and poignant.
Mustang Sally has performed alongside high profile names such as Montgomery Gentry, Gretchen Wilson, Big & Rich, and Blake Shelton, in addition to being demanded worldwide as fair and festival headliners, receiving a standing ovation at the Kickin' Up Kountry Festival in Thief River Falls, MN, and playing to sold out crowds at the Havelock Country Jamboree in Havelock, Ontario. They routinely perform over 200 dates a year, and have toured the U.S. from coast to coast, as well as Europe and Asia. At the time of the on-line release of their debut self-titled album on GMG/Universal Records, the ladies were featured in Country Weekly Magazine and gave the magazine staff a private concert. “We enjoyed the hell out of the girls,” were the words of Larry Holden, Editor in Chief of Country Weekly. “What great galsto go along with amazing vocals, outstanding lyrics and one of the tightest bands on the planet.”
Mustang Sally is comprised of Lead Singer Tobi Lee (North Vernon, IN), who was described by Real Women Rednecks Magazine as being “about as calm as a twister in a trailer park”. Her strong vocals, never ending energy, humor, song writing, and multi- instrument playing leave audiences amazed by her performance. She dares the audience not to have fun at a Mustang Sally show.
Lisa Romeo (Omaha, NE), will do anything for some attention, be it lighting her drum sticks on fire or stepping out from behind the drums to take a mean guitar solo. She also lends her talent to singing harmony, songwriting, and keeping the other girls in line as band leader.
Rachel Solomon (Austin, TX), adds killer musicianship on keyboards, alto saxophone, and background harmonies. A Berklee College of Music grad, she keeps multiple styles of music under her fingers as a regular session player in Nashville.
Sarah Wilfong (Chicago, IL); from the marbled halls of Berklee College of Music to the streets of Nashville, she tears up the fiddle blending her background in Celtic music with her love of country. Sarah is no stranger to writing either, as she enjoys writing and arranging original fiddle tunes for the group.
Brenda Zitzman (New Ulm, MN); while her soaring harmony vocals and rhythmic acoustic guitar are her performance staples, this farm girl isn’t afraid to pick up a cow bell- her Belmont University professors would be proud! Throughout concerts big and small, Brenda’s witty banter keeps both her audiences and her band-mates entertained.
While the music of Mustang Sally appeals to all ages and walks of life, the girls take particular pride in writing songs that “tell it like it is” for women. Mustang Sally's dedication to their fans can be seen at every show; post-show autograph lines often look more like family reunions as the ladies joke and catch up with returning audience members. Lead singer Tobi Lee puts it best: “We have the best job in the world, and without our fans, we wouldn’t work!”
MUSTANG SALLY WEBSITE
HOSS HOWARD BAND
Often times a complete life change comes out of a time of crisis, which is exactly what happened to Hoss Howard. A revelation from his mothers’ deathbed started a 6 year journey to fulfill the promise and to share the gift. After a year long battle with cancer, these words came from his mother, “Son I know what you were put on this earth to do, promise me you will get into country music and share your gift.” Never a guitar lesson and only playing funny self made-up songs to make her laugh while she was going through chemo treatments, Hoss held her hand and made the promise. Later that night she passed.
It seemed that songs began to come to Hoss instantly, one after another with different styles and substance. Hoss claims songwriting is the easiest part. Writing down what he hears in his head is almost like taking dictation. However, keeping that promise and getting his music out there has not been an easy task. It has tested his belief in himself, his dedication to the promise and also the love for music in his heart. As a war veteran, dairy farmer, and business man, Hoss says that this is the hardest thing he has ever done, period.
With over 70 songs written, and hundreds of shows around the country (many with great country artists), Hoss has finally claimed the attention of Nashville. Now writing along side of some of the greatest writers in the business, we are all beginning to witness that promise being fulfilled.
Over time, Hoss has finally put together a band of brothers called the Hoss Howard Band (HHB).Each of them without question is dedicated to the mission of seeing this promise through and being a part of something larger than themselves, fulfilling a much larger plan that comes from above.
Against all odds, with love and support from his wife, family and friends, Hoss and The HHB are proud to be bringing their music to the world.A family-oriented Gulf War Veteran, his music is an impressive mixture of traditional country and Southern rock. Born in Arkansas, he grew up in Quitman, Ark., on a dairy farm. His musical influences include Joe Diffie, Merle Haggard, Hank Williams Jr., Diamond Rio and Johnny Cash. He’s opened for The Bellamy Brothers, John Anderson, Diamond Rio, Joe Diffie, Foreigner, Tommy Tutone and Fog Hat.
THE HOSS HOWARD BAND WEBSITE
KELLEY AND THE COWBOYS
Kelley and The Cowboys are a 5 piece band from NC, led by female vocalist Kelley Breiding. The band puts their signature sound on the old standards as well as original music, in a style influenced by early forms of western swing, rockabilly, country, and blues. Kelley and The Cowboys always excite the crowd with their high energy and amazing musicianship no matter what the musical tastes or age of the listeners may be. How do they do it? With Kelley's mesmerizing vocals and barn burner attitude, the swinging tag team of guitar and fiddle, thrilling feats on the upright bass, and the nostalgic sound of dueling arch-top guitars. When you pair all this with a relentless dance beat, it's a real dream for those who are out to scoot their boots. Having played the East coast club and festival scene for years now, they have really made a name for themselves as one of the greatest dance bands around. Ya'll come!!
KELLEY AND THE COWBOYS WEBSITE
Lyric is a group made up of natural talents that will take you to a place you can’t forget. A group that uses music as an expression of pain, joys, and hope, this street team is a born replica of the legends that created movements. They will take you within lyrics and rhythms that create a journey they want to take you on. Born to express music in a powerful way, this group is exactly that. Powerful.
"Though downtown Asheville's streets are full of buskers, especially
on a warm weekend night when the tourists and dinner crowds swarm Battery Park and the Grove Arcade a stand-out act still does just that: Stands out. That's the story with Leeda Jones, aka Lyric”
Ali Marshall, Lyric: An up-and-coming performer living up to her name.
“A while back my friend, Daron James of HypeNC and Diamond Thieves Body Piercing & Tattoo of Asheville, was telling me about this young lady he had heard playing music on the streets of Asheville. He told me very little, only that I needed to hear her sing. He just kept saying “you’ll see…you just wait”. Well, last week I finally had the pleasure of meeting Ms Leeda “Lyric” Jones and was treated with her singing a few songs for those of us lucky enough to be at Diamond Thieves at the time. It didn’t take but a few seconds to see and feel the talent
pour from Lyric. Not really sure which was better… her lovely smile or her beautiful voice… either way ya can’t go wrong! This young lady sings like a mountain song bird and has a personality to match. Lyric is the total package… get ready Asheville, you have another STAR in your midst. ”
Vinny Savage of HypeNC.com, Lyric... Asheville's Star Uncovered
LYRIC WEB SITE
||THE ATLANTA RHYTHM SECTION 9:30pm
THE SPRINGS - 7:30pm
LEIGH GLASS and THE HAZARDS - 5:30pm
BLUES UNDERGROUND - 3:30pm
CITY LIMITS - 1:30pm
THE SMOKEY JOE SHOW - 11:30am
THE ATLANTA RHYTHM SECTION
The For more than 30 years, members of The Atlanta Rhythm Section have entertained audiences all over the world with their hits. The members of Atlanta Rhythm Section originally came together as a session band at Studio One, an Atlanta area studio recording artists like Lynyrd Skynyrd, Al Kooper, Dickey Betts and .38 Special. The band put out 15 albums and were paired with contemporaries Lynyrd Skynyrd as the successors to the Allman Brothers carrying the mantle of “Southern Rock” in the late 70s. But performing songs that were more musically diverse and having hits that had a softer, pop flavor, they had a sound all their own. Influenced by music coming out of England and sharing the musical styling’s of groups likes The Eagles and Fleetwood Mac, the members of ARS were accomplished musicians who constantly tried to evolve think Steely Dan or Little Feat. With multiple gold and platinum albums to their credit, the band had 2 top 10 singles, “So Into You” and “Imaginary Lover”, as well as Top 40 hits including “Doraville”, “I’m Not Gonna Let It Bother Me Tonight”, “Do It Or Die” and “Spooky”.
THE ATLANTA RHYTHM SECTION WEBSITE
IT'S ALL ABOUT THE SHOW!! Nashville recording artist The Springs, ages 19 to 22, won the New Music Awards "Country New Group of the Year" for 2009, and Nashville's ICM "Youth Artist of The Year" in 2008. They are one of the nominees, along with Sugarland, Steel Magnolia, and Lady Antebellum, for this years "Country Group of the Year", at the New Music Awards in LA. The Springs have been touring for over four years now, and have opened for Alan Jackson, Kid Rock, Reba and 50 other major acts, at shows all over the US. The band has charted three songs on the main Country Music Row chart, thus far, had a #5 and #6 on the main Country New Music Weekly chart, as well as having four #1's on the "Christian Country" charts. Their first CD is in Walmart stores, and their new one has 17 songs that the bands 21 year old singer, Stewart, wrote. This is the same young man who won one of the "Star Search" competitions when he was just 16.
THE SPRINGS WEBSITE
|LEIGH GLASS and
The best compliment songwriter and front woman, Leigh Glass, has ever received was when a fan approached her after a show and said,”Your music makes me wanna go home and make love to my husband.” The bluesy songstress and her band, the Hazards, play their own gutsy, charismatic style of rock and roll. The songs are original and the live show is sweaty, passionate, funny, and engaging.
“I tell people, if you sit in the front row ,you're gonna get (accidentally) spit on!"
With deep roots in Western North Carolina - - her family is from Bethel (Cold Mountain) in Haywood County -- she proudly notes her musical pedigree. "My great aunts and uncles and my grandfather were big-time bluegrassers.”
Her 2010 album, The Drone, made the top 20 on WNCW. She has recorded with engineer/producer Rich Brotherton (Robert Earl Keen Band) and Chip Martin of Nashville, TN. Glass is currently recording a new album and continually plays live- solo, and with her band.
“Glass’ sound is reminiscent of Alannah Myles (she of “Black Velvet” fame) but updated for 2010”- Alli Marshall (a & e writer)
“Leigh Glass is a powerhouse of a singer who exudes Pat Benatar confidence with Joan Jett sensibilities.” -Xpress
“Leigh Glass backs pithy songwriting and plenty of stage swagger with a stellar band.” -Stacy Claude (Dehlia Low)
LEIGH GLASS and THE HAZARDS WEBSITEe
Blues Underground has been playing clubs, festivals and concerts around the NC and SC region. The band currently features Collin Smith, Guitarist and Vocalist; Bass
Scruggs; Rhythm Guitar, Brain Scoggins; Vocals and Drums, Tim Clark; Harmonica and Percussion “ Kingfish” Jack Montgomery and Lead Vocalist Stacey Howell.
Blues Underground takes the influences of blues, rock, soul and R&B and creates a sound that respects the tradition of the blues but also pushes its contemporary bounds. The band's stage show is filled with an entertaining and danceable mix of blues and R&B classic songs. With Stacey’s vocal range they cover artists like KoKo Taylor, Etta James, Susan Tedesschi, Bonnie Raitt, Ella Fitzgerald, Kitty, Daisy and Louis, BB King, Eric Clapton and more.
Lead Vocalist Stacey Howell has been singing as far back as she can remember. She was 5 years old when she sang up front at church for the first time. She loves singing and the stage ever since as a teenager she sang in her high school choir in
stars J. B. and the Harmony. In her high school Blues and rock band she sang back up for the amazing Bill Dees and came in third in the nation in the coast to coast Challenge in
. Her love for the Blues and R&B early on and her musical influences has molded her in to the powerful soul singer she is today.
Lead Guitarist and Vocalist Collin Smith, has a B.A. in Music Performance with a concentration in Jazz. Collin started playing guitar as a teenager self taught and played in a high school band. He decided to learn and read music so for the next 3 years he studied under Colonel Gene Wyatt. He transferred to
and earned his B.A. where he currently teaches. You can tell by his style of playing guitar some of his influences are John Mayer, Eric Clapton, and BB King.
Scruggs has been playing music professionally for over 33 years. He loves to groove in the pocket with the drums and keep the rhythm section solid. In his opinion everyone may listen to the lyrics and lead instruments, but it’s the groove of the bass and drums which holds it all together. I have played in several regionally popular groups over the years, Castle and Triad being two of the most well known. He even stepped into the country vein of music with the band Silvercreek but always most enjoyed playing blues and R&B, especially Motown
“Kingfish” Jack Montgomery started his music career playing the drums in the late 60’s to mid 70’s at church and with a local rock band in
. He moved to
where he picked up the harmonica and hooked up with the Chesnee Road Band, then with Blues Underground where he plays harmonica and some percussion. He said he was destined to play the harmonica blues. He loves the Blues. Lead guitar player Collin Smith nicknamed him “Kingfish” and it stuck. “Kingfish” says James Cotton, Adam Gussow and Paul Butterfield influence him the most on harmonica.
Tim Clark started playing drums at age 10 and has been playing for 32 years in a band in some form or another. Tim has played with various kinds of bands from church, Vengeance, Heavenly Heart, Leather Lace, Level 3 Reckless Groove and that’s why his skill level works so well with Blues Underground. Tim can stay in the groove and has great timing. He also helps in writing music. Tim says we have something for everybody’s taste.
BLUES UNDERGROUND WEBSITE
CITY LIMITS has a versatility that is unmatched! With musicians that are multi-talented, have soulful harmonies and an expression of music that ranges from Disco, Beach, Rock, Motown, Southern Rock, Country and all in between. CITY LIMITS is well known through the south-east, performing at festivals, fundraisers, corporate events, night-life venues, and Stadiums. We are well known for our 80's show and enjoy watching our fans tear up the dance floor enjoying what true entertainment is supposed to be. CITY LIMITS recently performed at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN. and received rave reviews among an international audience. Locally, you may have heard a new original played on 105.9 Local licks. We are a family friendly band and encourage audience participation, Our fans are our biggest asset and we really appreciate you!.
CITY LIMITS WEBSITE
THE SMOKEY JOE SHOW
Still kicking after all these years, The Smokey Joe Show returns with some old favorites and a few things you have not heard yet. “Smokey Joe” Peoples has been writing and performing his songs for over forty years. He will be returning to the 2012 BBQ Festival with his daughter, Susan Swanson, Howie Johnson, Harland Johnson and Gus Adams from “Howie's House Party”. Turn off your radio ears and get ready to hear a bunch of homemade Americana music. “Be Careful, Be Safe, God Bless”.
THE SMOKEY JOE SHOW WEBSITE
||HONEYBEE DEMOCRACY- 3:00pm
GAS HOUSE MOUSE - 1:00pm
HONEY HOLLER - 11:00am
TBA - 5:00pm
Honeybee Democracy plays a wide range of harmony-driven rock, pop and Americana music. Moving seamlessly back and forth from acoustic to electric, they meld luscious harmony vocals, guitar, bass, fiddle, banjo and drums into a pleasing eclectic sound. Their original numbers are catchy, hook-laden and literate, while their cover repertoire breathes new life into old favorites. Honeybee Democracy features the varied musical talents of Dan Baechtold, Frazier Worth, John Dzubay, Tom Lawton and Gail Forsyth.
DAN BAECHTOLD Since he was a teenager, Dan has been writing songs on guitar and piano, and often finds scraps of paper with song lyrics in his coat pockets and desk drawers. (Who knows how many potential songs have been lost to the laundry?)
FRAZIER WORTH A pivotal member of a Contra dance band, Unstrung Heroes, in the late '80s and then an experimental rock band in Asheville, Sea of Themes, in the '90s, Frazier does actually keep honey bees, and is still promising honey to his bandmates.
TOM LAWTON took up bass to play with Honeybee Democracy, but has been known to play guitar, fiddle, and banjo in other public settings, and is rumored to have sung in an opera, once upon a time in a city long ago and far away.
JOHN DZUBAY has drummed in punk and classic rock bands, and the Asheville area and Fifty Year Flood. His interest in West African and Latin music and polyrhythms led him to the shekere and a tour with Rhythm Alive.
GAIL FORSYTH Originally hailing from Scotland, Gail flittered across the Atlantic to the U.S. in 1990 and has been gradually losing her Aberdeen accent ever since. (Thanks, y’all!) Performing and recording with the folk a cappella group, The Muses, Gail sang songs from Scotland, Ireland, Appalachia, Spain, France, and a host of other musically rich traditions. With the group Tongue and Groove, Gail explored bossa nova and jazz / harmony.
HONEYBEE DEMOCRACY WEBSITE
GAS HOUSE MOUSE
Funky Blues and R & B. The band gets it's name from a B-24 Liberator. A bomber that flew out of England in WWII. The sax player's father was a navigator on the plane. Since their first gig in February '03 they've become a favorite at festivals, city sponsored events and clubs around the southeast. Gas House Mouse members include:
Lee Devico, guitarist, is a founding member of the Fabulous Fleetwoods and traveled extensively with that group from 1981 to 2001 throughout the U.S. and Europe. He?s played on the same bill or opened for Johnny Winter, Dr. John, Jimmy Thackery, Buckwheat Zydeco, The North Mississippi Allstars
Butch Giusto hails from Augusta, GA where his first professional gigs started at 14 years old playing in a popular regional act Frank Britt and The Reserve. After an English degree, he completed a Music degree in composition at the University of Colorado (Boulder) and wrote a number of scores for everything from small ensemble to full orchestra with performances in Denver, LA, New York, and Chicago.Butch has worked extensively with Augusta based groups that have included James Brown (studio), The Dixie Dreggs, Livingston Taylor, Modoc, The Edge, Snafu, Word of Mouth Band, All That Jazz, CrossCut, The Truly Dangerous Swamp Band, and many others
Dave Shealy sings, plays saxophone and percussion. Shealy’s musical career started in the late- 60’s in Spartanburg, S.C. From 1974-1979 he traveled the East Coast with Fresh/Rize, the 1974 Spartanburg and the 1975 S.C. Battle of the Bands winner. 1979-1987 found Shealy fronting the popular beach music group, Grandstrand. In 1987, he moved to Florida forming The Kingtones, nominated best blues band and best new band at the 1990 Tampa Bay Music Awards. Though the band split in 1992 their website garnered them The Top MP3 Band/Song on Rolling Stone.com in the summer of ’98. During this period he also worked as a session musician and sang bass with The Ruth Eckerd Hall Singers, a small choral group that backed up Andy Williams, Rosemary Clooney and The Canadian Brass. From ’96-’02 he performed with The Willie Lomax Blues Revue playing festivals and clubs throughout Florida. Dave has shared the stage with Delbert McClinton, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Buddy Guy, Rod Piazza, Dr. John, Marshall Tucker, Robert Cray, Derek Trucks, Kenny Neal, Wet Willie, The Chairman of the Board, Dave Mason, Orleans, The Commodores, Dickey Betts, Charlie Daniels, Artimus Pyle, .38 Special and many others.
T-Bone McCall... plays fretted and fretless bass and has performed on the road and in the studio for many years both in Britain, Europe and the US, working with numerous different rock, blues and folk acts. Now a resident of Asheville NC, he also doubles on guitar, mandolin and resonator slide National and Dobro. He uses Fender, Lakland and Musicman basses and Ashdown amps.
Bill Chatoney Drums & Percussion-Bill has played drums just about all his life. Living in Jacksonville, FL in the late 60’s during the “birth” of Southern Rock found Bill in the Mason Dixon Band. They had a regional No. 1 single that stayed at the top of the charts for 17 weeks. He played in a 13 piece Soul Review that included members of Grinderswitch and could be found hanging with members of the Allman Brothers band and Skynard during those early Jacksonville days. For 2 years Bill had the drumming job with Rock-n-Roll legend Bo Diddley and then went on to do session work in FL and Atlanta. He played in Underground Atlanta for 4 years alongside Atlanta Rhythm Section drummer Dennis Yoast & Classics. He then toured extensively with the band Lazer. Bill has shared the stage and preformed with Ted Nugent, Styx, The Drifters, Canned Heat, The Zombies, The Outsiders, Shemika Copeland and more. Bill is a founding member of Gas House Mouse.
GAS HOUSE MOUSE WEBSITE
Honey Holler, the popular all woman old time string band from the Asheville area, draws on many streams of traditional southern mountain music. Down home songs from the Carter family, high energy fiddle tunes for dancing, lonesome sounding Honky Tonk, early bluegrass and wistful ballads, along with a collection of old time songs are included in their show. All the members sing and offer combinations of three part harmonies, duets and single vocals.
The bands' sound is both fresh and authentic, inspired by the rich heritage of the Western North Carolina treasure trove of songs and tunes. All four women have had a lifetime experience of playing traditional music. The band won first place last year in the 2012 WNC State Fair Old Time Competition, and can be found performing at many local festivals and beyond, including John C. Campbell Folk School, Stecoah Valley Art Center, Biltmore Estate and the popular LEAF Festival.
Sarah Rubin plays fiddle and is a veteran contra & square dance player influenced by old time, bluegrass and Celtic music. Her soaring voice contributes both lead and harmonies. Sarah is a blue ribbon winner in the area for her singing and fiddle playing. Sarah also adds variety to the bands' sound with her old time mandolin playing.
Karen Bell learned clawhammer banjo and autoharp while working for the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View, Arkansas and her music is influenced by the old time string band from Georgia in the 1920's, the Skillet Lickers, Uncle Dave Macon, plus the late Grandpa Jones and Jimmy Driftwood who lived in the area and performed at the folk center. Karen sings lead on the spirited and amusing old time songs.
Leah Song began her musical adventures playing guitar and singing in the Greenwich Village folk heyday. When she moved to WNC in the early 1990's she discovered her passion for traditional mountain music. Leah's soulful voice resonates with warmth and feeling, and sings lead and harmony. Her country duets are always popular with the audience.
Barbara Benson on vocals and upright bass grew up in a musical family in WNC, singing harmonies with her sisters and playing guitar with her father who made and played fiddles. Barbara offers that high, clear harmony to Honey Holler, and brings to the band a rich family tradition of making music. Barbara also sings lead vocals.
HONEY HOLLER WEBSITE
Bradley Ditto has taken his music all over the world, but it’s the quieter regions of Western
that he’s most fond of. With new music in the works, Ditto is bringing some of that music to his new listeners with a show at The Carolina Mountain Ribfest. Ditto describes the show as "A rare and unusually personal performance." "Every song comes into being," says Ditto of shows like the Ribfest. "Where the voice and instrument are raw and pure serving those certain songs that work best delivered in an environment allowing freedom for the song to unfold to new depths!”
Growing up in
in the 1960s, Ditto took an interest in music at an early age. "My first memories of the affect of songs on me were in first grade by way of WLS out of
," recalls Ditto. "The magic of melody, lyric and rhythm, together in such a way within a two to three minute format got me feeling, singing and dancing."
Ditto moved to
in 1978, and began to play with his own band.One of the folks that took notice was longtime Neil Young soundman Tim Mulligan. "Tim hung out and listened to the band, and after a few days I got a call from David Briggs," recalls Ditto. Briggs would eventually co-produce 14 Neil Young records before his passing in 1995. "[David said] he wanted to hear me in person, solo at the new Topanga Canyon Studios near his home at the time. After performing a couple hours worth of original tunes, Briggs walked out from the control booth, on into the studio where I was, extended his hand and said, 'I'd like to work with you!'"
Recorded in 1981, Check Me Out features a roster list of great musicians. Legendary pianist Nicky Hopkins, Michael Been and Scott Musick of The Call, percussionist Joe Lala, and vocal arranger David Blumberg all lent a hand to the album, which was co-produced by Briggs and Mulligan. Finally released in 1986, Check Me Out will get a digital re-release by Clean Records later this year.
Ditto has since traveled the world, releasing five more albums, and sharing the stage with everyone from Neil Young to Jerry Garcia, Richie Havens, Gregg Allman and many more. Ditto has also started work on not one, but two new albums since being in
. "One of which will be my first, all solo acoustic piano instrumental album with a string quartet," says Ditto. "It's alter ego will be a 'peddle to the metal,' folk rock album recorded with band as a performance. No overdubs! Live n breathin' piece of fun! I'm looking for the great players around here that will end up being the band that supports the songs, that make it into the studio and end up on the next disc. Hear tell one or two may join me that eve!"
Ditto is enjoying his time here in
, and is looking forward to continuing his own musical journey. "I have been blessed to work with some of the best, and am able to call them friends," says Ditto. "I am grateful for all. Every player that connects with their respective instrument brings to the table a personal gift of expression that makes for a truly unique and one of a kind moment if you will. Sometimes, what I like and whom I like playing with most of all are players that play for fun, just sitting around on the front porch. Or,maybe even, at a Ribfest somewhere!"
BRADLEY DITTO WEBSITE
With Spectacular adult and children's rides and games
All Ribfest hours.
CUSTOM AND CLASSIC CAR SHOW
Sunday July 15th 11AM - 3PM
Open to all Customs, Classics and Club Cars & Trucks
Entry fee $10.00
includes 2 admissions to the Ribfest ($14.00 value)
Enter the Fairgrounds at Gate #6 off Airport Rd.
and follow registration signs
Trophies awarded - 50/50 drawing
All proceeds benefit
SHRINERS CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL
Presented in co-operation with:
HENDERSONVILLE ANTIQUE CAR CLUB
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