|Thomas Porter & Copper River Band welcomes special guest Ron Spears to the band for a few shows this August/September. Bio: Ron has spent the last 37 years chasing his bluegrass dream. He has released three national recordings on Copper Creek Records as well as two independent projects. He was a member of Special Consensus and can be heard singing and playing mandolin on two albums. Both recordings feature great original songs written by Ron Spears. Ron is a multi-instrumentist and has performed with Rhonda Vincent and The Rage, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, David Parmley and Continental Divide and of course his own band Within Tradition. Ron has songs recorded by Daily and Vincent, IIIrd Tyme Out, Lou Reid and Carolina, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, Bluegrass Cardinals, Josh Williams and several other top bluegrass acts.|
|"After listening to this stellar 42 min project, I wondered where had the time gone. I was so immersed taking in all the 13 original songs & their meanings that I had to hit the start button again to find what I had missed. Believe me, after hearing this project several times you are still wondering what you missed. This project started off with a lament to the good good old days of the trolleys. Several songs down was a great patriotic song entitled, "God Bless My Home". Moving down the line was a tribute to the bands banjo player Dick Brown. This song was appropriately named "That's A Fine Banjo Mr. Brown". Wrapping up the set is a barn burner called "Tool And Die". You will need smelling salts to revive you after hearing this tune. In between is a great collection of songs that you will be humming after you hear them. The vocals are tight, & the instrumental work is top notch. Another fine project by Thomas Porter. I can't wait to share it with my listeners. Thank you for sharing this fine project with us."|
-Al Shusterman KCBL/BACKROADS BLUEGRASS
|We're excited to have our friend, Don Rigsby, join us for a weekend in Lake Havasu, AZ March 2-4. We will be playing the Lake Havasu Bluegrass Festival, "Bluegrass On The Beach" by L&S Promotions. We will be playing Friday morning and Sunday early afternoon.|
In addition, Don will also be making himself available for band coaching and private vocal/instrument lessons by appointment. Please contact Thomas @ 602-738-1456 for more information. Thanks!