Friday, Nov. 18, 2016
old-timey mountain music528 Jose Street, Santa Fe, NMKitchen Sink Studio7:55 - 9:00
$20 suggested donation at the door. All proceeds go to artist.
Greg Blake and KC Groves met in 2007 when they found themselves on the same gig and were called on to play for three hours. They discovered a shared both an appreciation for traditional bluegrass, especially the old songs and mountain harmonies, and a deep connection to West Virginia: KC’s father was raised there and Greg was born and raised there. The connection was evident to all as Greg’s rich baritone and KC’s high and pure timbre blended into a distinct mountain groove. Years later they had become bandmates in Jeff Scroggins & Colorado, in which they formed the core of the vocals arrangements. Now they perform as a duo and as co-teachers of bluegrass and old time harmony at workshops and camps throughout the nation.
As a young musician Groves was mentored by bluegrass and acoustic music greats such as Sally Van Meter, Charles Sawtelle and Laurie Lewis. She has since become a driving force in her own right: A multi-faceted musician, spirited bandleader and inspiring mentor. An accomplished instrumentalist (mandolin, guitar, bass), vocalist and songwriter, K.C. has been at the heart of many celebrated projects. As the creative center and bandleader of Uncle Earl for over a decade, K.C. helped bring old time music to a wider audience. The g’Earls played major festival stages in the United States and toured extensively abroad, gaining fans and musical cohorts such as Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones, who produced their 2007 album Waterloo, Tennessee. K.C. has released two solo albums of original material, and was a Telluride Troubadour contest finalist. She has also teamed up with countless notable musicians, including Betse Ellis of The Wilders, Uncle Earl band mate Kristin Andreassen, old time musician and craftsman Riley Baugus, and Leftover Salmon’s Vince Herman.
Born in southern West Virginia, Greg Blake developed a love for classic country, bluegrass, and gospel music. After moving to Kansas City, he worked in several projects including southern Gospel quartet The Bluegrass Missourians. He has been awarded several distinctions within the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America (SPBGMA), including Traditional Male Vocalist of the Year and Guitar Performer of the Year for 5 consecutive years (9 nominations)! He is a past Kansas State Flatpicking Champion and has been featured in Bluegrass Unlimited and Flatpicking Guitar Magazines. He, along with Jeff and Tristan Scroggins, is a founding member Jeff Scroggins & Colorado. But his full-time occupation is gospel minister, with three decades in the ministry and a weekly gospel radio show.
Presented in partnership with Kitchen Sink Studio & Santa Fe Performance Exchange.