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Blake & Groves / Bio

When K.C. Groves was a young musician she was mentored by bluegrass and acoustic music greats such as Sally Van Meter, Charles Sawtelle and Laurie Lewis. She has since become a driving force in her own right, passing on that spark and pure joy of playing music.

A multi-faceted musician, spirited bandleader and inspiring mentor, K.C.’s energy, tenacity, and creativity seem to be boundless. But she’s simply, “paying it forward,” as she puts it, answering the call to keep the music she loves a living experience.

An accomplished instrumentalist (mandolin, guitar, bass), vocalist and songwriter, K.C. has been at the heart of many celebrated projects. As the creative center and bandleader of Uncle Earl for over a decade, K.C. helped bring old time music to a wider audience. The g’Earls played major festival stages in the United States and toured extensively abroad, gaining fans and musical cohorts such as Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones, who produced their 2007 album Waterloo, Tennessee.

In addition to Uncle Earl, K.C. has released two solo albums of original material, and was a Telluride Troubadour contest finalist. She has also teamed up with countless notable musicians, including Betse Ellis of The Wilders, Uncle Earl band mate Kristin Andreassen, old time musician and craftsman Riley Baugus and Leftover Salmon’s Vince Herman.

K.C.’s home base in the seemingly sleepy town of Lyons in the foothills of the Colorado Rockies is home to Planet Bluegrass, the hallowed grounds that play host to RockyGrass and Folks Fest, and serves as a creative nexus for Front Range bluegrass and acoustic musicians.

Along with founding the High Street Concert series in Lyons, K.C. has spearheaded the weekly bluegrass jam at Oskar Blues. Over ten years strong, the weekly jam is an encouraging environment for up and coming musicians. K.C. has been instrumental in providing support and advice for young players, with her latest protégé being the young mandolin prodigy Bella Betts.

“What makes bluegrass so cool is it’s a tradition that remains alive by fostering it and keeping the attention of young players,” K.C. explains. “Bluegrass is so hands on. When you go to a festival, you can go up and talk to your heroes. I feel like it’s my duty to pass it on.”

In addition to this duo, K.C.’s latest project (along with Greg) is with Jeff Scroggins and Colorado.

Claire Lynch (IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year) says, "He's my favorite singer!" Claire is not the only top tier performer in the industry who has recognized Greg's talents - talk to Mark Schatz, James King, Rhonda Vincent, Ricky Skaggs, Sharon White, Greg Cahill - they will all tell you something similar: Greg can sing and play anywhere he wants to.

Born in southern West Virginia, Greg developed a love for classic country, bluegrass, and gospel music. After moving to Kansas City, he worked in several projects including southern Gospel quartets, the Bluegrass Missourians, and a lot of solo work. He has been nominated for, and awarded several distinctions within the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America (SPBGMA), including Traditional Male Vocalist of the Year and Guitar Performer of the Year for 5 consecutive years (9 nominations)! He is a past Kansas State Flatpicking Champion and has been featured in Bluegrass Unlimited and Flatpicking Guitar Magazines. He, along with Jeff & Tristan Scroggins, is a founding member of the current project, Jeff Scroggins & Colorado.

But everything Greg has accomplished in the professional music industry has been while his full-time occupation is a gospel minister. Greg has served over 30 years in full-time Christian ministry in several capacities: youth pastor, senior pastor, associate pastor, bible college professor, denominational executive, Christian school administrator. Greg still serves today in several different ministries - he pastors two small Colorado mountain town churches, one in Conifer and the other in Idaho Springs; he hosts a weekly Gospel radio show; and he serves on the boards of COFA (Christian Outdoor Fellowship of America) and JOY International (an organization that rescues children from the sex slave industry and human trafficking, world-wide).

In addition to keeping busy on stage with Jeff Scroggins and Colorado and duets with K.C., you'll also find Greg performing sitting in from time to time with other local acts, and providing personal instruction to local students and group workshops across the country and internationally.

K.C. and Greg would love to join you some evening for a house concert or perform for your corporate/company party or provide the entertainment for your wedding guests or harmony vocal instruction at a festival gathering or other educational environment. Just give us a call!

General Info

Band Members
Greg Blake - guitar, mandolin; K.C. Groves - guitar, mandolin, bass, fiddle
Artist Name
Blake & Groves
Home Page
http://www.reverbnation.com/blakegroves
Active Since
11/12
Genres
Folk / Bluegrass / Country

Contact Info

Location
Conifer, CO
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