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VBF Video Theatre 006: Brad Keeler Trio "Lets 'Er Go," God Bless 'Em

This morning on Valley Bluegrass Festival Video Theatre we have 'vintage music' from The Brad Keeler Trio. This acoustic trio de force "lets 'er go" with a Louvin Brothers classic.

The Brad Keeler Trio (shown here with John Berning on guitar, and Jim Pittman on bass). Performed March 19, 2011 at the Inland Northwest Bluegrass Association's Music Showcase.


At the age of 15, Brad Keeler adopted a cheap 6 string guitar that had been abandoned by his older brother and left neglected and alone in a closet. Sometime after that the forlorn instrument was happily making music. Since those early days, Keeler has gone on to make music extensively in Florida and the Northwest with stops along the way from New England, to the upper Midwest and the Southwest as well. And in the meantime he has taken up bottleneck slide guitar, lap slide guitar, mandolin, banjo, harmonica, bass, violin, washboard, jug, and even some piano (all of which can be heard on his 10 self-produced albums).

Multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, songwriter, composer, and interpreter of Vintage Music (blues, swing/jazz, folk, jugband, old time country and bluegrass) Brad Keeler continues on his musical journey as a solo performer and as leader of the Brad Keeler Trio (w/ Linda Parman on vocals and guitar and Jim Pittman on vocals and standup bass) performing regularly throughout the Inland Northwest.

Keeler’s latest CD releases (2012) include two self-recorded, self-produced albums: “Barrelhouse Blues” (a collection of early 20th century blues standards) and “Fedora Mysterioso” an all-original, jazz-influenced album of songs and string-driven instrumentals.

Influences include: deceased and living bluesmen of all colors and nationalities, Appalachian mountaineer fiddlers and banjoists, flatpickers fro the red clay hills of north Georgia and the Deep Gaps of North Carolina, 12 string Piedmonters, mandolin pioneers fro the hills of old Kentucky, busking blues mandolinists, gypsy jazz guitarists, string-driven swing violinists, piano stompers, Western Swing Bands, swinging Big Bands, jug bands, Tin Pan Alley composer-lyricist duos, circa 1960s-1970s singer-songwriters, medicine show shouters, pre-war songsters, post-war folkie revivalists, the Dead, and many more.

People ask "what is Vintage Music"....to some ears it may sound like:

  • an old 78 rpm record from a dusty attic
  • a juke joint in the Mississippi Delta
  • a radio broadcast on WSM in 1930 or 1948
  • a honky-tonk roadhouse in 1951
  • a sidewalk busker on Beale Street
  • Bleeker Street circa 1960
  • the Newport Folk Festival in 1962
  • or just Vintage Music in 2013...


VBF Video Theatre 005: Forgotten Freight With "Texas Eagle"

Good evening and welcome to Valley Bluegrass Festival Video Theatre! Tonight we have a selection from the outstanding traditional grass band, Forgotten Freight.

JD Wulfhorst sings Texas Eagle


Steeped in traditional banjo driven bluegrass, Forgotten Freight features music from traditional bluegrass to old time country and gospel favorites.  The five band members represent a cross section of communities on the Palouse.

Following his love for traditional music Tim Kinkeade sings lead, plays the rhythm guitar, and he occasionally contributes original songs.  His first exposure to bluegrass came by way of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s “Will the Circle be Unbroken”.   Tim has spent the last two decades in real estate finance to afford the luxury of his bluegrass habits.

Veteran bluegrass enthusiast Susan Firor plays upright bass and keeps “all” in line with her no nonsense take on traditional bluegrass. Her banjo-playing dad raised her on Flatt and Scruggs and the Seldom Scene.  She sings harmony parts no one else can find and supports her bluegrass habit working on fish and water issues at TerraGraphics Environmental Engineering.

Lenny Johnson has been around long enough to remember being drawn to the banjo by the folk groups of the 60’s.  Retired from the University of Idaho, he contributes a blended style of banjo pickin’ and complements the vocals with tenor harmony.

Maturing in the hills of western North Carolina, J.D. Wulfhorst knew early on when he first heard it, that he had to play dobro.  He blends a fine baritone harmony to the vocal mix when not being a rural sociologist at the University of Idaho and is easily identified by his trademark purple attire, which can include boa, chaps, etc.

Stuart Osborne comes from an Idaho logging family with a history of traditional music.  He grew up fiddling with a Potlatch fiddle group, graduated to being their back-up guitar support, and now rounds out the Forgotten Freight sound with fiddle and flat-picking.


VBF Video Theatre 004: The Afterthoughts Burn Up the "Cuckoo's Nest"

It's another beautiful morning and we have another video for you on Valley Bluegrass Festival Video Theatre! This morning we have a SMOKIN' HOT version of Cuckoo's Nest by The Afterthoughts:

Aaron (17) and Macy(13) burn up the strings on a thrilling, lilting rendition of Cuckoo's Nest... utilizing the whole arsenal of instruments... Mando, fiddles, viola...during a concert by the Afterthoughts at the 2013 Bluewaters Bluegrass Festival.


The Afterthoughts, a high octane brand of “diversified bluegrass,” featuring Aaron Castilla (18) on  mandolin and fiddle, Macy Morgan (14) on fiddle, Dave Lorang on bass,  Jeff Renfrow on dobro, Jim Shamp and Dave Doud on guitars,  is perhaps one of the Northwest’s only mixed generation bands that isn’t a family band.

They have played all sorts of venues spanning the Northwest like Bluewaters and Newport Bluegrass Festivals, Spokane Folk Festival, private parties, weddings, funerals, nursing homes and  Camp Goodtimes (camp for children with cancer), just to name a few of the favorites.

The Afterthoughts will leave you gasping for breath and wanting more!   They consist of two of Spokane area’s talented young folk and four talented and funny older “retired” guys!  What a perfect mix!


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