Don Rigsby channels traditional Bluegrass through The Berkeley Cafe

Posted: July 8, 2010 in local music
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My friend Matt Hooper (a fine fiddle player) joined Don Rigsby’s outfit a little while back and was kind enough to invite me to see their show at The Berkley Cafe on July 7th. I have heard Don Rigsby several times before but I have yet to see him live. The line up tonight was: Don Rigsby on mandolin and vocals, Matt Hooper on fiddle, Lloyd Herring on banjo and vocals, Tommy Edwards on guitar and vocals, and Jonathan Wade on bass guitar. The Bluegrass tonight was loud, on time, very traditional, and first class. Don has the perfect tradition Bluegrass voice and his mandolin skills are not lacking in the least. Matt was on it like dog on it and did not let up until the stage lights were cut off. Lloyd did a fine job on the banjo and sung lead on a few tunes. Tommy and John rounded out the show was some heavy guitar picking. The show started out with Hillbilly Heartache the title track of his newest Bluegrass album. A few other songs we heard were My Best Pal, Uncle Pen, Sally Goodwin, and Blue and Lonesome. The Berkeley Cafe was packed tonight and Don gave us a great show. I was able to speak with Don briefly after the show and he seemed to be just as genuine a person off stage as on.

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