- there really is a Blackstone Valley
and we all lived there when we started the band.
Located in the heart of central Ma, exposure to the heavy metal content of the Blackstone
river has produced a copious amount of fine bluegrass pickers.
;-) Most notably are the Dick brothers from Sutton.
Renowned musicians and celebrated recording artists, this brother combo will WOW you with
their award winning picking. The Taylor-Nowlan bass/mandolin combo has been
together in numerous bands since 1989. With their own distinctive style, these two
crank out solid rhythm, and like to have a little fun too!
Put these four longtime friends together and you have a group that has excellent
musicianship, fine harmonies, high energy and a true love of the music. Breakdowns and
Gospel. Fiddle tunes and a Waltz. This is bluegrass! You will not be disappointed!!
Bass, lead and harmony vocals)
A student of the prestigious Berklee School of music in Boston,
Mass., Bob has earned a reputation as being one of the most accomplished acoustic Bass
players in the field of Bluegrass music. Early in his musical career, Bob performed with
several leading regional Bluegrass groups including Bear Acker and
Billings Gap and Rabbit in a Log (with
Rich Starkey and Skip Gorman). In 1991
he became a full time member of Sugar Hill recording artists
Front Range... who
went on to achieve National success. Bob has recorded six albums with them as well as
touring all across the US and Europe. Founder of Appleland Recording Studios in
Northbridge Mass., Bob has become a highly respected and sought after producer/engineer
with several quality recordings to his credit including: Front Range,
Southern Rails Glory
Train (nominated for IBMA Gospel Album of the year in 1996... plus
recordings by Slo-Grass, The Crockets,
Waystation, Maple Ridge... and
Rick Lang & Friends.
In 2001 Bob released his first solo recording
Of Comfort and Joy, a Bluegrass Christmas album, where he plays most
of the instruments and sings all of the vocal parts himself. Bob currently performs
with: Blackstone Valley Bluegrass Band,
The Crocketts... and
Rick Lang & Friends.
Southbridge, MA (Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin, lead and harmony
Dave began playing the guitar at age seven in his local church and at
age thirteen he started banjo lessons. Rapidly, he became skilled enough to join a band,
and also teach banjo lessons. He joined Bear Acker and Billings Gap
in 1981 and played throughout New England and New York. Daves first recording was
with the great Dobro player Roger Williams, on his debut album
Fireball Through the 1980s Dave
played with several regional bands including Back Roads,
The John Herald Band, both from New York and
The Robin Kincaid Band based in Connecticut. In the fall of
1989 he became a member of the Boston area group Southern Rail.
This band, over seven years, produced four recordings, and played over 100 dates per year.
In 1997, Dave joined the acclaimed folk-bluegrass group Salamander
Crossing and is featured on the bands third recording entitled Bottleneck Dreams.
After Salamander Crossing folded
in 1999, Dave was asked to join the New England powerhouse Northern
Lights and was a member until 2007.
Dave has been invited to play on many recordings, including artists
such as Valerie and Walter Crockett,
Paul Della Valle and the Ink
Stained Wretches, Rick Lang and Friends, and
Mark Erelli. He has also recorded with some rock bands;
Go!, and Little Big Wheel. Dave has also
performed with artists such as John Hartford,
Tim OBrien, and Vassar Clements.
He has also produced and recorded for CMH records Pickin on
series, where he co-produced, and performed on Pickin
on Jack Johnson, Pickin on Dwight Yoakum,
and "A Bluegrass Tribute to the Eagles" and many more.
In addition, Dave is a teacher of banjo, mandolin, and guitar, and
also works full-time as a stringed instrument repairman at
Union Music in Worcester.
(Bass, Guitar, lead and
big guy in the middle keeps the band tight with arguably the most solid bass-playing
in the New England area. Ken originally started as a guitar player with an interest in
folk music but was soon sidetracked into bluegrass. Hes been hard at work too
He was one of the original members of the Central Turnpike Bluegrass Band from the Central
MA area. Ken also got a chance to strut his stuff with Rolling Hills Bluegrass,
Boston-based bands Adam Dewey & Crazy Creek and short-lived Blue Union. Kens
versatility continues to keep him busy too! Currently you can catch Ken playing with
Erica Brown, a fine young bluegrass fiddler
based in Maine and also the
Band who play Civil War period music. Always in demand, you never know where you will
find Ken playing bass. He can be found backing up many local acts ranging from folk
music to lounge/dinner acts. He plays like an old master, his style is powerful and
his timing is right-on!
(Mandolin, Guitar, lead and harmony vocals)
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Dan began his musical career as a 10 year old
playing drums with the
Valley Airs Drum and Bugle Corps.
At 18 he got his first guitar and
enjoyed playing both acoustic and rock guitar,
jamming in the occasional garage band. Flatpicking guitar lessons in the late 80's and a
few trips to the old Winterhawk Bluegras Festival renewed his love for bluegrass music.
With so many guitar players around, he eventually turned to the mandolin
(on a bet) when he
was Thirty Something! Dan was one of the founding members of the Central Turnpike
Bluegrass Band and an original member of Rolling Hills Bluegrass. Like
the rest of the BVBB, Dan frequently plays with other bands and he's
been seen playing with folks like: Tallgrass,
Paul Della Valle and the
Worc. County Bluegrass All-Stars, Heritage String Band, occasionally with
Chuck and Mudd and
His vocals are powerful, his mandolin style is full of drive, his picking is clean
and tasteful. Danny comes alive when he is playing music; of the four players in
Blackstone Valley Bluegrass, he corners the market on energy!! Check
out a show and you'll see what we mean!
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