Hitchn' and Picking' Big Sky Draft Horse Expo and Bluegrass Music

The 2021 Draft Horse Show will feature awesome BLUEGRASS MUSIC after-parties on Friday and Saturday evenings!


Desert Ramblers
Desert Ramblers

The Desert Ramblers have been playing together while snowbirding in Arizona during the cold winter months. The band members include: WILD BILL ANDERSON from Deer Lodge. Bill has been involved with Bluegrass music since the 1970’s. Bill plays guitar and sings Doc Watson style songs. Bass player for the band, CHARLENE ANDERSON, keeping rock time and adding harmony vocal. Charlene is also from Deer Lodge. From Salmon, Idaho, ARLENE WOLF is on mandolin and vocals and has been involved in Bluegrass for over 25 years. Multi-instrumentalist and retired submariner, CLIFF SIMPSON on guitar and vocals is a singer-songwriter from the Puget Sound area.

Song Dog Serenade
Song Dog Serenade

Song Dog Serenade was formed in the Fall of 2012 as a trio to perform for a Bluegrass Showcase in Billings, Montana. The original band members were, Scott Moore (guitar/vocals), Nate Smallwood (mandolin/vocals) and Paddy Moore (upright bass/vocals). In the Spring of 2017, Mike Blohm (banjo/dobro/vocals) joined the band adding another layer to their Bluegrass sound. When Nate and his mandolin left the band in the Spring of 2019 Montana fiddle champ, Ed Pierson (fiddle/vocals), stepped in to fill out the sound and add yet another layer of dogginess. Fall 2019 came and Trent Indreland (mandolin) joined the band making it a complete Bluegrass line-up. Song Dog Serenade is known for their unique arrangements, musicianship and harmonies. Their repertoire has grown into a long list of traditional and contemporary Bluegrass/Americana songs along with originals written by Scott. Though they take their melodies seriously, they still hold true to just why they play this style of music... it’s doggone fun! The band’s name is derived from the unique song (howl) of the Montana coyote - or Song Dog, as it was called by some Native Americans. On a special evening when the band is rehearsing in the pine hills outside of town they will pause to listen to the coyotes singing to one and other. Those times are pure magic. Watch for this lighthearted band playing a venue near you. Join the pack and have a howling good time while trying to keep your feet still. 


Lochwood, Montana’s most traditional Bluegrass band! Coming together in 2014, the goal of this band has always been playing the music the “right” way in the tradition of Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs and the Stanley Bros. Featuring 3-part harmonies, hard driving rhythms and exciting solos. The band members come from all over the country but the common theme is the rural Mountain values found in their current home of Western Montana.

Richie Reinholdt, was born in Japan and grew up in San Diego, CA. Richie has been a major player in the acoustic scene (and some of that Rock and Roll music) of western Montana area for many years, performing with the regionally successful Live Wire Choir from 1976 through 1979 and has performed on stages worldwide during his long music  career. Richie keeps us on the right path with his knowledge of Bluegrass tradition & solid guitar work. Richie also adds lead and harmony vocals as well as songwriting to the band.

John Parker, from Burlington, NJ, has been leading bands in the Western MT area since the mid 1970s. His band Finley Creek was a mainstay in the area for many years. We’re happy to have his skills on bass and vocals with Lochwood.

Steve Taft, from Jamestown, ND, cut his bluegrass teeth in the Seattle BG scene playing solid banjo in many well-known bands, most recently Brothers Keeper. He’s also appeared regularly with Rural Delivery and was a founding member of Lonesome Road. 

Chad Fadely, from Hot Springs, AR, has been the go-to mandolin player in Western Montana for more than 20 years. Usually active in multiple bands, Chad keeps busy playing that Bluegrass style he loves and when he’s not playing
mandolins or guitars, he’s selling them at Music Villa in Bozeman, MT.

Taylor Buckley, a MT native from Roundup, is the newest member of the band the youngest! Taylor grew up playing Bluegrass fiddle with his family band, The Buckley’s. After an extended stay on the east coast, Taylor is now back in his home state of Montana and was recruited to the before his bags were unpacked! We’re so very happy to have Taylor in the band playing Fiddle and adding to the 3-part harmonies.

Kentucky Sky
Kentucky Sky


Randy Hackworth: Randy’s roots take him back to the hills of Eastern Kentucky. Although he has played in several bands and genres of music,his love and passion is for that Bluegrass sound. As a singer/songwriter and guitarist, it just seems to be the perfect fit.

Emily Frank: She was raised listening to nothing but bluegrass music, and it’s still the only music she listens to.  She has played in several different bands. The current group is called “Kentucky Sky” where she contributes with acoustic bass and vocals, as well as writing songs. Emily says, ”I love playing music with these guys and doing harmonies. Plus I get to dress old style and wear hats.”

Fred Frank: Fred has been in many Bluegrass bands over the years starting his Bluegrass career with the Stone Mountain Bluegrass Co. He has played banjo, mandolin, and guitar in different bands, but in Kentucky Sky he is on five string banjo and singing vocal harmonies. Fred says: “This is one of the most traditional groups I have been in, and I’m having a blast.”

Chad Fadely: Chad is originally from Hot Springs, AR. Chad is the newest member of the band but has shared the stage with Fred and Emily many times over the years as a member of
New South Fork. Chad has  played in many bands from MT and when not making his
living playing the mandolin, he’s selling guitars for Music Villa in Bozeman, MT.