The weekend of Friday, April 26, and Saturday, April 27, brings two of my favorite local bands to Oskar Blues in Lyons. The two bands are very different from each other, but similar in their ability to entertain folks with first-class music.
Bonnie & The Clydes (Saturday, April 27) are lead by Bonnie Sims, one of the best entertainers on the Front Range. Bonnie’s enthusiasm and high energy on stage are unmatched by most musicians around
these parts. She has a unique ability to raise the level of music and win your heart over with her sweet southern style and soaring vocal ability. Real country, that is what this band hangs it’s cowboy hat on. No this is not faux-country, pop-country, or alt-country; this music is the real deal-country! Whether it’s old covers or new country hits that Bonnie and her husband Taylor Sims writes, they are also very capable of playing some great bluegrass. Last year’s addition of Bonnie’s husband Taylor from Spring Creek bluegrass band, and award winning Nancy Steinberger on fiddle, along with Chris Ramsey (peddle steel) and a strong rhythm section, have propelled this band to another level. The band puts on a whale of a show every time out, and the players are outstanding and have laid a terrific framework for Bonnie & The Clydes.
Jeff Scroggins & Colorado (Friday, April 26) is a high energy, high mountain, “bluegrass explosion” that features the amazing banjo playing of Jeff Scroggins. Jeff’s fiery style and lightning fast licks have earned him many fans worldwide, and have left many a first time listener in stunned disbelief. The band also features the award-winning mandolin playing of Jeff’s son Tristan Scroggins. Tristan is an accomplished songwriter and his and Jeff’s original instrumentals play a large role in the band’s unique and energetic sound. The band also features incredible bluegrass vocals, led by the powerful voice of front man Greg Blake. Blake has twice been nominated for SPBGMA’s “Traditional Male vocalist of the Year” award and his phenomenal bluegrass guitar playing has earned him nine nominations and an amazing five consecutive wins as SPBGMA’s Guitarist of the year. Annie Savage brings to the group strong vocals and an aggressive fiddle style that is well suited to the band’s high-energy approach. She is a conservatory-trained musician with fifteen years teaching experience and is a great instructor and performer. Playing bass is K.C. Groves, who founded the all girl group Uncle Earl and is truly a force to be reckoned with. Having recorded with such greats as Charles Sawtelle and John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin, and toured internationally for many years, KC is an internationally renowned musician and songwriter. She teaches through Planet bluegrass and is a fabulous addition to the project. Jeff has performed and recorded with many top names in Bluegrass including Peter Rowan, Sam Bush, Stuart Duncan, David Grier, Jerry Douglas, and The Dixie Chicks and has performed in Russia, Mexico, Japan, Canada, and all over this country. This band is relatively new but has made its mark on bluegrass in this area in a short time.
Both bands are worthy of your attention and will surely leave you feeling satisfied and thoroughly entertained.