Lost Ridge Band draws in spring
Quick finger picking and goodwill bring honor to the sound of the Lost Ridge Band.
The Lost Ridge Band will be playing at the Boone Saloon on Saturday, March 27. And, as of presstime, it will be their last public show until the Todd Summer Music Series with Doc Watson in July. A show promoting the old members of the Lost Ridge Band and the new members will be played at the Reelhouse Cinema and Draft, though that date is to be determined.
Pete Washburn heads up the banjo and vocals, Kim France plays the upright bass, Shane Crawford picks the guitar, mandolin and harmonica, and Lucas Moomaw is keeping down the drums during Lost Ridge's 2010 shows. Stewart Owens will be sitting in with the fiddle at the Saloon on Saturday, and Jeremiah Brown will be playing the keys.
"We are working with a lot of new material," Washburn said. "With Jeremiah in the band, he brings a lot of funk with the stringed instruments."
The band has been playing around Boone for more than seven years.
"The sound is morphing into more of a 'jamgrass' with more rock," France said. "It's still acoustic guitar, banjo and bass ... but it will be a bigger sound than usual. We are clean-cut group and very well behaved."
When asked what most people don't know about the band, she replied, "Those things probably couldn't be printed."
The group hopes to expand its reach as it continues to grow with the changing talent over the last few years.
"We will hopefully be teaming up with Big Daddy Love and doing an eastern tour in the fall," Washburn said. "We have a lot of the same fan base."
The band continues to be inspired by Americana jam outfit Railroad Earth and may be opening for them at Music on the Mountaintop in August.
When asked about Moomaw, the drummer, France said, "He is very talented, and he is working on his music education ... He has been real active at studying his craft and bettering his abilities."
"He's incredible," Washburn said of the young drummer, who's graduating high school this year.
The show will bring energy to the evening, and fans of bluegrass rock junctions are encouraged to join.
Cover costs $5, and the show will start around 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 27. Only those 21 and up will be admitted.
The Boone Saloon is located at 489 W. King St. in downtown Boone. For more information call (828)-264-1811.
For more information on Lost Ridge Band, visit lostridgeband.