The Piney Grove Ramblers is a skilled 5-piece bluegrass group, www.pgramblers.com/, with violin, guitar, mandolin, banjo and string bass! They will play a fine acoustic concert Friday, December 30th, 2016 at 7:00 PM.
For the concert this evening, special guest Mr. Ken Brown, one of the top Dobro artists in the Central Texas area, will perform with the Ramblers.
Wayne Brooks - Leader, Lead Vocals, Guitarist, Songwriter
I come from a long line of musical pioneers from the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina and Tennessee. Father Lon was a fiddler who played for dances in the mountains of North Carolina. Uncle Guy Brooks was one of the early pioneers of traditional mountain and bluegrass music who wrote the first wreck on the highway song called Wreck on a Mountain Road and performed with several bands including The Red Fox Chasers.
I formed the Piney Grove ramblers in 2001. This Band has been fortunate to perform in a wide variety of venues around Central Texas, including several performances on KOOP Radio. We accept invitations to perform at weddings, family reunions, restaurants, bars, local music venues and Bluegrass festivals.
After retiring from the high-tech world, I started writing songs, two of which have been recorded by other groups and one of my songs is in the movie, Unbroken: The Pearl Bluegrass Circle. Our Band performs a mixture of original compositions written by the Band, obscure Bluegrass tunes rarely performed by other bands, Irish ballads, and some old Bluegrass favorites, and Gospel.
Jim Shaffer – Fiddle, Vocals
I have been fiddling for 20-plus years, having first taken up violin in college, but classical music wasn’t for me. My first love is the sound of the Bluegrass fiddle. I also like to sing in a raucous, bluesy style.
I have played with various bands and singer song writers. Before joining the Piney Grove Ramblers, I played and sang with Brian Byrne and Borrowed Time.
However, music is an avocation for me. Now retired after having worked for IBM as a software engineer for 30 years, and the state of Iowa before that, I now have more time to focus on my music. I was born and raised in eastern Iowa and attended the school for the blind there. They actually taught us a little about chord structure at the school for the blind, which served me well later on. We had a band in junior high called the Hill Billy Triplets. We all played guitar, and mostly sang Buck Owens and Merle Haggard songs.
Gloria Brayshaw – Acoustic Bass, Vocals
Since discovering Bluegrass back when Del McCoury had black hair and 2 little boys, Gloria has been exploring the boundaries of Stand Up Bass for any genre of music she is called on to play.
She spent many years in the Mountain Magic String Band in the Northwest opening for the likes of Berline, Crary & Hickman, Bluegrass Etc, Loose Ties and includes winning a band contest that gave them David Grisman for the evening show.
A true lover of music Gloria plays numerous instruments, is a singer/songwriter, clog dances, and teaches and gives workshops on Stand Up Bass.
Originally from San Antonio, Gloria’s home base is Austin where she hires out as Bass and singer/songwriter. As a member of the Central Texas Bluegrass Association she spent some time on the board and was Secretary.
Currently a member of the popular Piney Grove Ramblers, Gloria enjoys the traditional bluegrass sounds and arrangements of this group lead by Wayne Brooks with Jim Shaffer and Eddie Collins.
Eddie Collins - Banjo, Mandolin, Vocals
Eddie will not be at the December 30th Concert. He had a conflict, but Easton Falke will fill in for Eddie. Eddie Collins is one of today’s foremost instructors of the 5-string banjo, having authored numerous instruction methods. In addition to penning the monthly “Beginner's Corner” column for Banjo NewsLetter, he was the founder/editor of the highly regarded 5-String Quarterly. Collins resides in Austin, TX, where he teaches music and regularly performs with some of the finest musicians in Texas. He has numerous recording credits, including five solo projects that feature his original tunes. Eddie is also an accomplished guitar and mandolin player/instructor and has performed and conducted workshops throughout the United States and Europe. Eddie’s career and original music have been documented in several publications and were highlighted on the nationally-syndicated television show, Texas Music Café. Along with performing with the Piney Grove Ramblers, Collins currently serves as President of the Central Texas Bluegrass Association, which helps promote bluegrass throughout Central Texas.
Easton Falke - Banjo, vocals
Easton is relatively new to the Central Texas Bluegrass community but this young man is a great Banjo picker and singer. He first made his appearance with the Band in 2015 as the number two Banjo picker. He is one of the new generation of Banjo pickers who really loves Bluegrass and is quite accomplished with the Banjo.
He has played with the Band at such venues as Threadgills, Good Luck Grill, and Ino’z Brew and Chew.
Easton’s vocal repertoire is constantly expanding and his style blends in well with the Band. We are delighted to have this fine young man as a member of the Band.
http://www.pgramblers.com - The Piney Grove Ramblers website
Doors open at 7:00 and the concert is 8:00 to 10:00.
$20 suggested admission donation
BYOB and hors d'oeuvres are welcome!