Northern Nevada Bluegrass Association Newsletter
I had the privilege of watching a great new band on their inaugural outing for “real people”. “Real” according to the group means non-blue-grassers. The show was held at the Cascades of the Sierra, as an NNBA performance, and I think all in attendance enjoyed it thoroughly. Several blue-grassers came to listen, along with the residents. Everyone was clapping and cheering!
Sage Creek is one of the emerging bands, coming out of the Wednesday night sessions, held at the First Congregational Church. Dennis Grundy and Steve Gallagher met at the jam and decided to practice together to perfect their mandolin playing. They found that a strong bass beat would help keep them in time, so Annie Pinkerton was asked to join-in the practice sessions. As this little band evolved, they asked Sharon Tetly to play guitar and Dobro. A new NNBA member from Florida joined the group on lead guitar, Phil McGill, and Sage Creek was formed.
The group showed off it’s talents on each instrument, and on wonderful harmony singing. Dennis and Steve took turns on mandolin for the kick-off tune, “Soldier’s Joy”. Phil sang “Fiddler’s Green”, and Dennis got the crowd clapping and singing with ”Gotta Travel On”. Steve sang “I’ve Endured” and Sharon sang a wonderful version of the Gordon Lightfoot song, “Early Morning Rain”. Annie sang “Good News” and the harmonies were wonderful.
This band has dug out many great songs, that haven’t been played as much lately. One of these was a favorite of mine, “Eli Renfro”. Dennis and I got to hear this as a brand-new song back in the ‘70’s, and always enjoyed it. Other fun songs included “Wishing Well Blues”, “Halley Came to Jackson”, “I Dreamed Of An Old Love Affair”, and “Long Black Veil”. With a good sprinkling of fiddle tunes, “Cherokee Shuffle” and “Paddy On The Beat”, the instrumentals rounded out the great harmony singing. Sage Creek closed their show with “Live Forever” making a very fun show with good lead picking and wonderful four part harmonies.
Keep up the good sounds!!