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Jeff Scroggins & Colorado / Press

“Ace banjo player Jeff Scroggins is well known in bluegrass music circles, having dominated many banjo contests over the years and played with major artists like Peter Rowan, Sam Bush, Stuart Duncan, The Dixie Chicks and more, but the discoveries in the band were his young son, Tristan Scroggins, an amazing mandolin player, and W.Va. singer Greg Blake, whose soaring tenor cut through the dirty brick walls of The Pour House in Raleigh. Powerful Appalachian vocals and masterful bluegrass combine in his music. Meanwhile, Jeff Scroggins’ son Tristan Scroggins was another revelation at IBMA. The kid can pick; man, can he pick! Not just lightning fast, which he does love to do, but also super precise. He’s also a great tune composer; check out his tune “Lonesome George” on Jeff Scroggins & Colorado’s new album, Western Branches. There’s a real family feel to this band, and it’s great to see that the elder Scroggins is mentoring his son to become another bluegrass master picker”

“Jeff Scroggins may not be a household name, but he should be.”

“Jeff Scroggins is an accomplished player that can skillfully deliver banjo styles ranging from Scruggs and Reno to the most contemporary. This new recording showcases that very well with the wide range of material selected. Every musician on here contributes solidly to the overall sound. Especially impressive is Jeff's teenage son, Tristan, on mandolin. I truly appreciate Jeff's approach to the banjo and think music fans will enjoy this project very much - I sure have!”

TERRY BAUCOM

“Wow - what a mighty fine recording this is! Jeff Scroggins shows his comfort with various banjo styles again and again - no mystery about how he won so many banjo contests. All of these musicians play and sing so well together and the material presented is very well chosen. This band should have a very bright future in the world of bluegrass music!”

GREG CAHILL, FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE INTERNATIONAL BLUEGRASS MUSIC ASSOCIATION

“Jeff Scroggins and Colorado is an electrifying new band from the Rocky Mountains. Jeff is one of the world’s premier masters of the banjo and plays with a precision, drive and timing that are unequaled anywhere. Lead singer Greg Blake’s strong vocals are delivered with conviction, style and clarity. Add the talented Tristan Scroggins on mandolin, Sebie Denson’s solid bass fiddle and vocals, and the soulful fiddle of Annie Savage and you have a world class band that would add to any event, gathering or festival!”

KEN SEAMAN, PROMOTER, MID-WINTER BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL AND OZARK RIVERS BLUEGRASS

“I am a big fan of your playing”

SCOTT VESTAL

“Jeff Scroggins and Colorado have a wonderful emotional intensity that immediately grabs the listener. Though well rooted in tradition, they can also stretch the boundaries without taking them to the breaking point. I’ve known Jeff for many years, and it’s great to hear how fabulous his playing has become. Taste and technical brilliance abound. The bands vocals are also smooth and inviting and the arrangements are inventive. Give these guys a listen and you’ll be amply rewarded with their rich musical tapestry..”

TONY TRISCHKA, (PSYCHOGRASS)

“Each member of the band expertly fills their role. They know how to play and sing hard driving bluegrass, they know how to rip through complex original instrumentals, and they can also lay back and play the pretty stuff. Their singing is top notch and their song selection is fairly traditional, with just the right amount of a progressive sound thrown in to keep it fresh and interesting.”

“Jeff Scroggins and Colorado have it all going on. Great lead singing, tight harmonies, guitar that conjures Clarence and Tony and a father and son duo of Jeff and Tristan (banjo and mandolin) that drives hard like a downhill train.”

STEVE SMITH, (STEVE SMITH & HARD ROAD), (CLOUD VALLEY)