Thursday, January 23, 2014

Redwood Bluegrass Associates: Keith Little and the Little Band

with Special Guest Blaine Sprouse: Tribute to the Stanley Brothers - this Saturday, January 25.

Keith Little & the Little Band is an exciting new collaborative ensemble performing a diverse range of bluegrass-based music. In addition to Keith, its members include Luke Abbott (fiddle), Josh Tharp (banjo), Michael Witcher (dobro) and Steve Swan (acoustic bass), familiar names to those who've followed the best in NorCal bluegrass.

Keith is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist and one of the finest singers of his generation who first came to prominence with the Vern Williams Band, along with that band's backing of Rose Maddox, and then with High Country. Born and raised in the Gold Country, Keith left California to play in, first, the Country Gentlemen and then (for many years) Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder. He joined Larry Cordle, Glen Duncan, and the late Butch Baldassari in Lonesome Standard Time, and became one of Nashville's in-demand session musicians. Keith has played on Grammy-winning albums by Dolly Parton and the Chieftains, toured with Dolly and Claire Lynch, and had his songs recorded by Tim O’Brien and the Whites. Keith is an honorary Lifetime Member of the California Bluegrass Association, and a beloved instructor at music camps.

As well as playing in a duo with Jim Nunally, Keith Little is currently a featured member of the David Grisman Bluegrass Experience and the Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band. You've seen him at RBA concerts with both bands, as well as a member of Mac Martin's California Travelers and a Bill Monroe Tribute Band. For this show, Keith & Co. will emphasize their Stanley Brothers roots, and present a number of Carter's and Ralph's classic songs.

Blaine Sprouse has fiddled with everyone from Bill Monroe & Bluegrass Boys and Jimmy Martin & the Sunny Mountain Boys to the Dreadful Snakes and The Sidemen to Alabama and ... both James Reams and Peter Rowan at recent RBA concerts. Now living in the Bay Area, he's sure to provide extra authenticity and enjoyment to the music played by Keith & Company.

Some videos with Keith Little:

First half of set (Keith Greeninger)

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