This evening’s show with Rough & Ready was a real delight for a good crowd!
Rough & Ready are anything but rough but they are everything when it comes to ready, Ready to play bluegrass! Their show on our porch was a flawless concert of traditional bluegrass, gospel and a couple of rare gems leaning towards country.
Rough & Ready are Ben Carden from Malvern on banjo and harmony vocals, David Mann from Hermitage on Guitar, Mandolin and lead and harmony vocals, Tommy Amos from Fordyce on The Doghouse bass, Michael Fagan from Watson on Guitar and lead and harmony vocals and Ralph Hunter from Monticello on the fiddle.
Rough & Ready threw in a few tunes you don’t hear very often, like The “Arkansas Traveler”, a great instrumental with everybody taking a lead. David Mann’s version of “Freeborn Man” was a real crowd pleaser, even though it’s far from bluegrass. Their sets were wonderfully arranged and full of traditional and not so traditional tunes. Tommy Amos was called upon, more or less forced to sing “I’m Back In the Saddle Again” and said they tricked him into doing it. It was great! They did some
great Jimmy Martin, Stanley Brothers, Bill Monroe and others.
The second set was just as wonderful as the first and one on the highlights was David Mann and Ben Carden doing “Dueling Banjos” David took advantage of Ben’s good nature and threw in some notes and licks that certainly weren’t in the original version. Ben didn’t bat an eye, and they went on to do a real crowd pleasing version. We had a little sing along on the chorus of “Long Black Veil”. We won’t tell who was singing it. They wrapped up the night with “Will the Circle Be Unbroken”, and with some urging of the crowd, did an encore instrumental of “Old Joe Clark”
Many thanks again to Rough & Ready for coming to Mt Ida and playing on the Porch. We sure hope we’ll be seeing/hearing this band again.
And as always, here’s a big thanks to everyone who came out for the concert! Huge thanks to the volunteers who make it happen.