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KEN BLACKLOCK, LARRY CARLIN, DR, ELMO, JOHN PIERSON, DANA RATH
Photo by Mike Melnyk
DR. ELMO & WILD BLUE
Wild Blue is Marin County's premier bluegrass band. The quintet mixes bluegrass classics and originals with folk and country songs, providing an entertaining and energetic show for audiences of all ages. The band has a CD titled Wild Blue Grass, and they had their CD release party at the 142 Throckmorton Theatre in Mill Valley on September 9, 2009. You can read press reviews of the recording here.
Wild Blue features Dr. Elmo, whose holiday hit "Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer" has been the most popular Christmas song in the nation for the past 30 years, having sold over ten million copies. Originally from the state of Kentucky -- the birthplace of bluegrass music -- he has been living in Marin for over 40 years now. He is a veterinarian, plays the banjo and is one of the band’s lead vocalists.
Guitarist John Pierson, from Gainesville, FL, has been living in Sausalito for a few decades now. He is the band balladeer as well as a first-rate harmony singer, and is also the group’s financial and spiritual advisor.
Fiddler Kenny Blacklock, originally from Santa Rosa, CA, now lives in Petaluma after spending a few years living in Japan. Besides playing fiddle (he also plays tin whistle, keyboards, mandolin, musical saw, and viola)(but not in this band), Kenny makes his living as a music teacher, and he studied at the Berklee School of Music.
Mandolinist Dana Rath, from San Rafael, moved west from Burlington, CO, many years back. A versatile musician, he also plays classical music on mandolin with his group the Modern Mandolin Quartet.
Rounding out the bottom of the band is bassman Larry Carlin, the self-proclaimed "King of King of Prussia, PA," now living in self-imposed exile in Sausalito. Another of the band’s lead singers, he is also produces show and writes about bluegrass for multiple publications.
All five of these guys are very talented musicians, and the three-part harmonies forge a musical blend that captivates and delights all audiences. Their 2009 recording, Wild Blue Grass, covers a range of material, from ballads and Beatles to gospel and goofy songs, such as Elmo's inimitable rendition of "The Wild Dogs of Kentucky."
Having performed all over California for the past 19 years, Wild Blue also plays private and corporate parties, weddings, and wineries. They are a band that is fun to watch and that obviously enjoys the music that they play.
Bluegrass is good-time music, so for a 100% guaranteed good-time bluegrass band, contact Wild Blue.
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This page updated 8/3/12