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Heading for New Mexico and Colorado this week with Steve Smith and Hard Road

Posted by bevans on Sunday, April 12, 2009

Hi again everyone,

My daughter Corey and I had a great week in the Boston area this last week, visiting the Berklee School of Music and the New England Conservatory of Music. Thanks to David Hollender for showing us around Berklee and making us feel so welcome! Berklee is an unbelievably great place for music, folks! Really amazing.

I hit the road again this week, heading for New Mexico and Colorado to play a week's worth of shows as a member of Steve Smith and Hard Road. Steve and I go waayyy back - all the way to the early 1980's, when we both played in the Virginia-based band Cloud Valley, which also featured bassist Missy Raines. It's always a blast to play with Steve - I get to stretch out way more than I usually do and Steve is a fantastic, hard-driving mandolin player. Bill Amatneek, the original bass player from the David Grisman Quintet, will be joining us on bass for this tour. Here are the show dates:

April 16: Las Cruces, NM: Rio Grande Theater, 270 Avenida De Mesilla, in a fundraiser for KRWG FM. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door, students 6-15 $7.50 in advance/ $10 at the door.

April 17: Albuquerque, NM: Outpost Performance Space, 210 Yale SE (2 blocks south of Central). Tickets are $17/$12 for members and students and are available in advance by phoning 505-268-0044. Visit

April 18-19: Durango, CO: Durango Bluegrass Meltdown with Kenny and Amanda Smith, Junior Sisk and Rambler's Choice, Sawmille Road and others. Band sets are at 2 and 5 p.m. on Saturday, 10 am and 3 pm on Sunday. Bill teaches a banjo workshop on Sunday at noon.

I look forward to seeing some Southwest friends at one of these shows! All the best, Bill Evans

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