Here's a couple of groups I am currently privileged to work with.

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Riverbend Bluegrass Band

We are a recently formed group of St. Louis area musicians who play traditional bluegrass with an emphasis on tight harmonies and traditional instrumentation. I play mandolin with this group (pictured left). Our references are Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, the Stanley Brothers, Jimmy Martin, and the Johnson Mountain Boys, among others.  We are currently preparing for our first studio album, tentatively scheduled to release in the fall. 

  Ray Cardwell   A prolific songwriter, Cardwell’s powerful, four-octave voice is in large part what has caught the ears of some of Nashville’s most respected bluegrass musicians, several who lended their substantial musical expertise to studio sessions in Nashville in late 2015. “One of the most interesting things about Ray is his range,” said Pat Flynn, the highly respected guitar stylist, top flight studio musician, songwriter and member of New Grass Revival now sitting in the producer chair at Ray’s sessions. “He has a very diverse musical background. We have a bluegrass foundation, but we’re doing everything from blues and gospel a cappella to straight-up bluegrass. I like the fact that Ray is able to embrace a lot of different styles...and pull them all off. His vocals are very distinctive, as well as his bass playing; that sets the stage for us to do a lot of things acoustically with modern bluegrass as a base.”

Ray Cardwell

A prolific songwriter, Cardwell’s powerful, four-octave voice is in large part what has caught the ears of some of Nashville’s most respected bluegrass musicians, several who lended their substantial musical expertise to studio sessions in Nashville in late 2015. “One of the most interesting things about Ray is his range,” said Pat Flynn, the highly respected guitar stylist, top flight studio musician, songwriter and member of New Grass Revival now sitting in the producer chair at Ray’s sessions. “He has a very diverse musical background. We have a bluegrass foundation, but we’re doing everything from blues and gospel a cappella to straight-up bluegrass. I like the fact that Ray is able to embrace a lot of different styles...and pull them all off. His vocals are very distinctive, as well as his bass playing; that sets the stage for us to do a lot of things acoustically with modern bluegrass as a base.”

Mark Raborn

Mark Raborn is an accomplished banjo player from the St. Louis area who I've had the pleasure to work with over the past couple years. Mark's music encompasses a wide range of genre influences from classical to celtic, to cajun and blugrass. I accompany different configurations of Mark's projects primarily on guitar. We are both looking forward to teaching again at the Songbird Music School in St. Francisville, LA from July 11-12. 

http://www.markraborn.com/

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Sam West

Sam West is currently a singer-songwriter bass player living in Nashville, TN. I've worked with Sam West on many projects for the past 10 years playing jazz, bluegrass, and Americana. I play both electric and acoustic guitar on the studio albums Demonstrations and Break the Bread  and his soon to be released EP, coming out this fall. I'm looking forward to a short two-week tour with Sam West this July. 

http://samwestmusic.com/