The best of bluegrass will be the fare at the South Broadway Cultural Center on Friday, February 15th at 7 p.m. when a trio of “old friends” perform a concert of fan favorites.
Oklahoma native Alan Munde (bluegrass banjo) learned banjo from a well-regarded Oklahoman banjo player, Ed Shelton. He later met three fine Dallas bluegrass players—Mitchell Land, Louis "Bosco" Land and Harless "Tootie" Williams—and in 1965 the four of them joined to form "The Stone Mountain Boys". Munde joined the legendary bluegrass musician Jimmy Martin in 1969, and played with Martin as one of the Sunny Mountain Boys until the fall of 1971.
In 1972, Munde became a member of the Flying Burrito Brothers, performing with Byron Berline. After a European tour, the Burritos split up and Munde joined Country Gazette, then consisting of Roger Bush on bass, Kenny Wertz on guitar, and on the fiddle, Byron Berline, who had formed Country Gazette earlier in the year. Country Gazette went on to record their first album "Traitor In Our Midst" in 1972. For the next twenty years Alan remained a central figure in the Country Gazette, playing with notable musicians such as Roland White, Clarence White, Joe Carr and Gene Wooten.
Elliott Rogers (guitar, vocals) was born in Osceola, Arkansas and grew up in Albuquerque NM. He fell in love with bluegrass music at an early age by hearing local bands like the Big River Boys and the Clear Ditch Ramblers. His trio in High School opened for Doc Watson. “That was a mighty big deal for me and pointed me in the direction I took with music.” That path led Elliott to Austin, Texas where he worked for years with songwriters like Townes Van Zandt, George Ensle and Blaze Foley, and recorded with Lyle Lovett, Nancy Griffith and Robert Earl Keen on Keen’s first album, ‘No Kinda Dancer.” Rogers, Claude Stephenson on mandolin, and super-talented wife Janice on bass make up the current Elliott’s Ramblers, who have been festival favorites in the southwest for nearly 20 years.
Albuquerque’s “Doctor Banjo,” Wayne Shrubsall, is a walking, talking banjo library. A nationally respected expert who’s written about the banjo for decades, he seems to have an uncanny knack for playing almost every style that’s ever been played throughout the lengthy history of the instrument. Wayne and Alan Munde recorded “Old Friends”—an album featuring Munde on bluegrass and Shrubsall on clawhammer banjo. Expect something similar at this concert from these two masters of banjo playing. In addition to his musical career, Dr. Shrubsall is a semi-retired English instructor who currently teaches at Central New Mexico Community College. During his long career he taught at the University of Kentucky, University of New Mexico, the College of Santa Fe, and CNM (then TVI) for 17 years.
Tickets for the performance are $15 per person. Attendees are encouraged to reserve their seats in advance by calling 505-298-5589 or e-mailing [email protected]. Tickets will also be available at the door on the day of the show. Cash and checks accepted; no credit cards.
South Broadway Cultural Center is managed by the Cultural Services Department, City of Albuquerque, Richard J. Berry, Mayor. The facility is a multi-cultural, visual, performing and literary art center that promotes, preserves and educates the community about the cultures and ethnicities that define Albuquerque. Located at 1025 Broadway SE, the unique architecture and colorful design of the building’s exterior is an attraction in the area. SBCC shares the facility with the South Broadway Library and collaborates with the library on a number of events and activities. There is free parking immediately adjacent to the facility.
For more information on events and activities at SBCC, visit www.cabq.gov/sbcc or call 311. TTY Users call 711. For handicap accessibility, call 505-848-1320.