Hooked on Bluegrass

John Cherry

In 1967, I was in the Army, and stationed at Two Rock Ranch near Petaluma, and met a guy named Ken McFrye. We started a Country/Western band together. When I got out of the Army, I moved to Vallejo and shared an apartment with him. When I moved in, he told me that we were no longer going to listen or play anything but Bluegrass. I really hated it at first, but grew to like it.

In 1969, I bought a brand new Martin D-35, and played rhythm guitar for some time. About 1974, the two of us moved to Connelsville, PA to start a business, and played Bluegrass with his friends constantly. A year later, I moved back to Fairfield, where, in about 1978, I met Mike Tatar in a Bluegrass class put on by Mike Westfall and Hank Gibson. At the end of that class, I joined Mike Westfall's band, "Union Creek." A few years later, after the band broke up, I started going to a jam at Hank Gibson's house, and again met Mike Tatar, and we have played Bluegrass music together since then.

(posted 4/9/2006)

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