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THUNDERATION will entertain audiences with new songs and old stories, blazing instrumental virtuosity, and deep-down, powerfully felt musical moments at the El Dorado County Community Concert Association show on Wednesday, March 19 at Union Mine High School. Courtesy photo


A thundering good time at community concert

The El Dorado County Community Concert Association —  the oldest cultural organization in the county — is presenting Dan Crary and Thunderation (steel guitar, banjo and mandolin) at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 19 as its fifth concert of the season.

A concert by Thunderation is whistling winds in the pines, rambling boys and tragic girls, joys and laughter from old times, fast and furious instrumental tunes and a little touch of glory-to-God. And it’s ghosts of Jimmie Rogers and The Carter Family and Bill and Lester and Earl and Woodie Guthrie and all the greats who showed the way.

When Thunderation plays, you may “shiver when the cold wind blows,” but it’s OK because pretty soon, “sun’s gonna’ shine in my back door someday.”

Crary is the musical legend, master of the guitar, a founder and pioneer of flatpicking and a stylist with an international reputation for innovation, taste and brilliance. His performance style blends traditional material from a variety of American sources and continues to blaze exciting new territory in his recordings and personal appearances today.

He is a veteran of tours in more than 30 countries as he connects musically and personally with fans throughout the world. If creativity, quality and longevity are hallmarks of artistic achievement, then Crary must be recognized as one of the greatest traditional artists of the day.

Spurgin is a native son of the Lone Star State whose song writing, recording and performing have spanned the globe and earned him wide acclaim and a multitude of fans.

As a former Nashville staff writer penning songs for the publishing companies of Gene Watson and Reba McEntire, Spurgin has several major country music hits to his credit and has received awards from BMI and IBMA, as well as being a “New Folk” winner at the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival.

His “performed with” résumé includes, among others, the super group California, Byron Berline and Sundance, Mason Williams, Freddy Fender and The Limelighters.

Stevens already packs a musical wallop. He has a decade of experience and a substantial reputation in the Pacific northwest. He is destined to become a force to be reckoned with in American roots music.

All El Dorado County Community Concerts begin at 7 p.m. and are performed at Union Mine High School, Theater at the Mine, 6530 Koki Lane in El Dorado. Some concerts are available to area students at no cost to the schools.

The 2013-14 El Dorado County Community Concerts membership card includes six outstanding performances for $60 (averaging $10 per concert). Student season memberships are just $20.

To obtain tickets for the March 19 Thunderation concert at $25 each call Normadene Carpenter at 530-622-4218.

Visit to learn more about El Dorado County Community Concert Association. The final concert of the season is on April 9 and features Golden Bough, Celtic Music.

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