Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
The Minnesota Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Association (MBOTMA) is bringing its annual Lonely Pines Concert Series back to Maple Lake Friday Feb. 13. This year the concert will feature David Davis and The Warrior River Boys at Bethlehem United Church of Christ (400 County Road 37) starting at 8 p.m., With first generation bluegrass influences from Bill Monroe to Ralph Stanley, and direct links to the origins of bluegrass music, David Davis offers audiences a rare glimpse of true American music. Back in the 1930s his father and two uncles played and sang in the brother-style traditions of early country music. Uncle Cleo joined Bill Monroe as the very first Blue Grass Boy in 1938. David's father went off to World War II and lost his right hand in a mortar accident. While his father's dream of making music may have been shattered, he never lost his love and devotion to the music. David has carried his father's love innocently down the road, never suspecting the impact it would have on his own life. Along with The Warrior River Boys, David Davis demonstrates the tradition of the role of the front-man in American music. In Chicago blues, it was Muddy Waters and the legendary Howlin' Wolf. In bluegrass music, it was Bill Monroe. Rules became unspoken truths-here's the big beat and this is the message of the song. Rather than operating under trendy "hit" oriented marketing schemes, front-man mandolinist David Davis simply nurtures his roots with integrity, tonal depth, and prose. But everyone in the band still gets a turn to cut loose and contribute to the message of a song. Once ignited by Davis' count, the solid backbone beat and harmony vocals bring the essence of their songs to life. With a great sense of timing from bass player Marty Hays, the dark tonal double-stops of fiddler Owen Saunders, the drive and speed of Robert Montgomery on the banjo, and Paul Preist's steady rhythm guitar, The Warrior River Boys jam a big bluegrass wallop into a concise package for today's audiences. Tickets for the Lonely Pines Concert Series appearances by David Davis and The Warrior River Boys are $14 in advance, $16 the day of the show, and $8 for teens (children age 12 and under are free). All seating is general admission. More information and advance tickets are available by phone at (800) 635-3037 or online at www.MinnesotaBluegrass.org. The Lonely Pines Concert Series is produced by the Minnesota Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Association, a non-profit organization, and made possible in part by a grant provided by the Minnesota State Arts Board through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.