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Re: “James King, Eddie Holstein

Amazing alternative for New Years Eve! Thank you Evanston.

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Posted by chicagograss on 12/26/2013 at 5:27 PM

Re: “Town Mountain, Bubbly Creek Bluegrass Band

North Carolina Bluegrass Town mountain meets Bubbly Creek of Chicago for a spectacular hillbilly banjo duel. Contemporary bluegrass music at its best, no doubt!

Posted by chicagograss on 10/27/2012 at 9:16 AM

Re: “Charlie Sizemore Band, Paul Kramer

Not to be missed! Classic bluegrass comes to Chicago at the the funky underground legion hall of Evanston! Yeeehaaaa!

Posted by chicagograss on 10/17/2012 at 10:16 PM

Re: “Chris Jones & the Night Drivers, Alfonso Ponticelli

I'm biased as I produce these shows. Anyway, it's real bluegrass and always a treat for Chicago. Chris Jones is solid bluegrass and his band is pure. Our guest opener, Alfonso Ponticelli is renowned as Chicago's premier gypsy guitarist, but full of surprises....he also won first place in the national dulcimer championships. Peter Margasak knows and understands.

Posted by chicagograss on 04/25/2012 at 8:06 PM

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Re: “Ethnic City: music from the crossroads of Central Asia

Nice job Stu!

Posted by chicagograss on 03/26/2014 at 6:10 PM

Re: “Bluegrass mandolinist Don Rigsby salutes Ralph Stanley

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Bluegrass standout Don Rigsby will be singing with Alan Jackson on the David Letterman Show on Tuesday, Oct. 29, on CBS. His “high lonesome” tenor voice is considered among the best in the world.

October 21, 2013
Don Rigsby to appear on Letterman, perform at Carnegie Hall
The Morehead News

Oct. 21, 2013 — Don Rigsby will demonstrate his acclaimed, “high lonesome” tenor singing voice for a national television audience on Tuesday, Oct. 29, during an appearance with country music superstar Alan Jackson on the David Letterman Show on CBS.

The night before, Rigsby will be singing harmony with Jackson during a performance at famed Carnegie Hall.

Rigsby sings on each cut of Jackson’s first-ever Bluegrass CD entitled “The Bluegrass Album” which was recently released.

The 45-year-old musician from Isonville in Elliott County will be performing with Jackson on about 30 dates over the next several months.

Rigsby himself has an international following in Bluegrass music.

In addition to singing and playing the mandolin, he also performs on the fiddle, guitar and dulcimer.

He worked his way through Morehead State University playing music with Charlie Sizemore, emerged onto the national scene as a member of The Bluegrass Cardinals, played with JD Crowe and The New South, and was a member of the award-winning Lonesome River Band.

The two-time Grammy nominee and two-time SPBGMA Traditional Male Vocalist of the Year shared two IBMA Awards while performing with Longview and sang on a Grammy-winning album by rocker John Fogerty.

Rigsby served eight years as the first full-time director of the Kentucky Center for Traditional Music at MSU.

He has released five solo albums. His first, “A Vision,” won the Association of Independent Music’s “Gospel Album of the Year” award and was nominated for an IBMA Award. He received the 1999 Bluegrass Now Magazine Fans’ Choice Award for Vocal Tenor of the Year and the 2001 Governor’s Kentucky Star Award.

“Empty Old Mailbox,” the title track from his third album won the 2001 Song of the Year Award from SPBGMA. This project was followed up with “The Midnight Call”, “Hillbilly Heartache”, and “The Voice of God”.

In 2005, Rigsby was awarded two IBMA awards for his role as producer of the Larry Sparks project “40” for Recorded Event of the Year and Album of the Year.

In 2006, Rigsby and company received another award for Recorded Event of the Year for participating in the “Celebration of Life” project for St. Jude’ Children’s Hospital.

He continues to provide instruction both privately and in various camps across the U.S. and even abroad. He recently released his first mandolin instructional video as well.



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Posted by chicagograss on 10/26/2013 at 1:25 AM

Re: “Evanston American Legion Building

Great bluegrass concerts at this joint, all national bands from around the country. It's casual and perfect for a backwoods experience in the heart of the north shore. Concerts start at 8pm sharp. Check it out if you like time travel. http://chicagobluegrass.com Be sure to get on their email list as shows run about one per month, Sept through May.

Posted by chicagograss on 10/17/2012 at 10:25 PM

Re: “Friday: Two bluegrass choices in Evanston

Totally going to Chatham County Line.
Thanks Peter.

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Posted by chicagograss on 09/27/2012 at 3:35 PM

Re: “Junior Sisk Kicks off the Fall Season of the Bluegrass Legends Series

Jr Sisk dazzled the audience with sharp edged Virginia mountain bluegrass and country charisma. His humor and cutting mountain tonsils were backed by hard driving traditional grass instrumentalists... a seasoned fiddler and bassist, contrasted with two hot youngins which were obviously well schooled by masters. Their rhthmic punches on all rhythmic meters were right on solid. Junior and the band were treated to a warm Chicago standing ovation. Junior graciously accepted the encore with a tune penned by his father, the title track of their new Rebel CD.

Junior commented after the show that he and the audience were one. I have a feeling that Junior will return next year as he and the audience frenzied on the event. Both JR and he audience were winners in this round of great bluegrass music.

Posted by chicagograss on 09/11/2010 at 11:20 PM

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