This year the EXPO has added something new and exciting. In addition to the Draft Horse Show, there will be some awesome BLUEGRASS MUSIC.
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.
Fred Frank and Emily Frank, a husband and wife team, have been playing music together as a duet, and in bands since 2003. They have recorded three CDs with their former band, New South Fork, and two CDs as a duet. Emily plays bass and guitar and writes a lot of the material.
Fred is a multi-instrumentalist who has played mandolin, guitar, and banjo in groups for many years. They both cover the vocals in the group.
They are joined by Chad Fadely, from Kalispell, Montana on Mandolin, and Randy Hackworth, from Pocatello, on guitar and vocals.
Dick Darne, originally from Virginia plays guitar and sings lead. He sings about home, mother and experiences in life in the old mountain style. Ron Snyder plays guitar and sings primarily harmony. Together they are reminiscent of the old tyme brother duets. George Regan plays the violin and is true to the song with his melodic style. Together they are the Silver Gravelys, cousin to the Gravely Mountain Boys.
Elk Ridge Bluegrass Band is from the Butte/Anaconda/Deer Lodge area. Rodney Minckler has been involved in bluegrass music for many years. On guitar and vocals, Rodney, has written some great songs. Roger Hovis, on guitar, mandolin and vocals with amazing harmony, teamed with Rodney for several years before meeting up with the Andersons. Wild Bill Anderson has been involved with bluegrass in Montana since the late 1970’s. Bill plays guitar and sings Doc Watson style songs. Bass player for the band is Charlene Anderson keeping rock-solid time and adding harmony vocals. Guest Phyllis Erck will join adding vocals and dobro.