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A new band: Rustler's Moon rises this week!

Posted by bevans on Saturday, November 11, 2006

Hello Banjo Hangout friends,

One of the most exciting things for a professional musician is the launching of a new band. I’m happy to announce that the wonderful singer & songwriter Kathy Kallick and I have put together a new band called Rustler’s Moon (after a great Kathy Kallick song from her “Reason & Rhyme” CD).  This group also features Tom Bekeny on mandolin & vocals and Cindy Browne on bass. Our first northern California shows are coming up soon and will feature some old favorites as well as a few new Kathy Kallick compositions. Here’s the lowdown (with a short bio on the new band at the very bottom):

November 15: Mill Valley, CA: The Sweetwater, 153 Throckmorton Aveune, Bluegrass Gold Concert Series, 8:30 p.m. Keith Little & Jim Nunally open. For additional info, phone 415-388-2820.

November 17: Fresno, CA: Fresno Art Museum, 2233 North First St., sponsored by the Fresno Folklore Society, 7:30 p.m.

November 18: Sacramento, CA: The Fifth String Music Store, 930 Alhambra Blvd. 8 p.m., admission $15. For additional info, phone 916-442-8282.

November 18: Ranch Cordova , CA, Folk Alliance FarWest Regional Conference, "After Hours" Showcase for the California Bluegrass Association, Sacramento Marriott Rancho Cordova, 11211 Point East Drive. Set time approximately 12 midnight. Performance is open to participants in conference only.

There’s other big news as well! I’ll be spending the winter writing “Banjo for Dummies” for Wiley Publishing. That’s right – that’s the yellow and black book publishers and this is their first venture into high brow bluegrass literature. This will be a 360 page book that examines all things banjo in the typical humorous Dummies style.  This book will be accompanied by either a CD or a DVD with a July 2007 publication date planned. I’m very excited about this opportunity and I’m looking forward to a new professional challenge and the change of pace in the daily routine. It’ll be an interesting adventure! Have you heard any good banjo jokes lately?

All for now – I hope to see you at one of next week’s shows!

Sincerely,

Bill Evans

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Rustler’s Moon with Kathy Kallick & Bill Evans

Kathy and Bill have played together many times in the past few years, and both have been making contributions to bluegrass since the 1970s. They’ve toured the country and the world with their music, collaborated with some of the top contemporary acoustic musicians, have an obvious reverence for traditional bluegrass but have recorded a number of their own compositions, and have never forgotten to have fun playing this music. Their new music is a combination of that played with their previous bands, plus a number of new pieces that they’re playing together; traditional bluegrass-based, of course, but with some interesting wrinkles.

Kathy Kallick (guitar, vocals) has been among the elite of contemporary songwriters and singers since co-founding with Laurie Lewis the internationally-acclaimed band, Good Ol’ Persons, in 1975. In 2001, she received a “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the California Bluegrass Association for all her contributions. She’s released 14 albums, whichinclude more than 100 of her original compositions and arrangements, and been on countless compilations.  Both of her releases with The Kathy Kallick Band — Walkin’ In My Shoes and Warmer Kind Of Blue — enjoyed substantial success on the bl

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