Hog Wild serves up bluegrass

By From page B3 | March 29, 2013

Hog Wild, 38 Main St. in Placerville, is having music by The Notorious Shank Brothers Bluegrass Band on Saturday, March 30 from 5 to 8 p.m. There is no cover charge. For more information call 530-622-3883.

The Notorious Shank Brothers, Erik (banjo) and Al (mandolin), both bluegrass veterans but away from the music for several years, spent 2004-05 building repertoire and polishing their technique, using the computer program “Band In A Box” for their rhythm section.

In May 2006, they finally found two bluegrass musicians to complete the band: Ken Eldridge (guitar) of Sacramento and Dave Gooding (bass) of Vacaville. After a few weeks’ practice, they debuted in July at the Peach Festival in Marysville.

Since then, the band has played the Peach Festival two more times and has become a regular fixture at the Yolo County Fair and the Davis and Winters farmers markets.

In the summer of 2008, the band was selected to play on Vern’s Stage at the California Bluegrass Association’s Father’s Day Bluegrass Festival and was very well received by the knowledgeable crowd.

The band also performed at the 2009 Brown Barn Bluegrass Festival in San Martin and appeared on the “Saturday Morning Folk Show” on radio station KDVS, the University of California, Davis station.

The Notorious Shank Brothers in 2009 hit the winery circuit.

In March 2011, the band presented a concert at the historic Woodland Opera House, with Davis fiddler Andy Lentz as a special guest.

The current quartet, with Kim Nguyen on bass and vocals along with Erik, Al and Eldridge, has been together since July 2010.

Hard-core traditional Bluegrass fans will like the solid combination of classic songs and instrumentals by The Notorious Shank Brothers.

The group draws the bulk of its repertoire from Bill Monroe, Flatt and Scruggs, The Stanley Brothers, Jim and Jesse McReynolds, Red Allen and Frank Wakefield, and Don Reno and Red Smiley, with a few newer numbers that are still true to the original concept.

The band has worked up bluegrass arrangements of several classic country songs, like “She Thinks I Still Care” and “Pick Me Up on Your Way Down.”

For more information call 530-622-3883.

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