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High Country

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Band Members: 
Butch Waller, mandolin
Larry Cohea, banjo
Jim Mintun, dobro
Tom Bedeny, fiddle
Glenn Dauphin, bass
Bob Waller, guitar
Description
"...One of the lonesomest, hard-drivingest traditional bluegrass bands alive...High Country manages to be fresh and exciting without even the merest nod to modern music." -BLUEGRASS UNLIMITED

Over the last forty-odd years, High Country has earned its place as the West Coast's premier traditional bluegrass band. Strongly influenced by the classic styles of Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs and the Stanley Brothers, the band's blend of banjo, mandolin, fiddle, guitar and bass delivers the upbeat excitement of true bluegrass music. High Country's show offers a vital mix of powerful originals and standards, from blues to breakdowns to gospels sung in close harmony. Even the songs and tunes written by band members themselves remain true to the genre, with careful attention paid to the nuances of the bluegrass style. With driving rhythm, skillful picking and soulful singing, High Country brings the energy and experience of six seasoned professionals to this spirited American art form. After three decades of performing, the band remains fresh and exciting, and brings their love of bluegrass to an ever-widening audience.

Butch Waller is High Country's leader and emcee. Butch was one of the first to play professional bluegrass in Northern California and formed the band in 1968. His distinct mandolin playing, firmly grounded in the Monroe style, shines through strong bluesy downstrokes and vibrant tremolos. Butch sings lead and baritone and also contributes many of the band's original songs and mandolin instrumentals.
Phone: 
510-388-4941
Mailing Address: 
PO Box 10414
Oakland, CA 94610
E-Mail: 
bhwaller@comcast.net
Website: 
http://highcountrybluegrass.com
Recorded Music: 
High Country
Dreams
Home to Me
Blue Highway
Sunset on the Prairie
The Earthquake
Perfect Companions
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