Well folks, one more day of recording about to begin, and when we will be coming "down from the mountain" (the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, that is). It is sometimes difficult to maintain perspective when you are in the middle of a project such as this, but I believe that we are on the verge of making a very good CD. I cannot remember ever feeling more positive about a project at this point in the process; everyone is giving it their all!
KC Groves is a consumate professional musican and I have gained new respect for her after watching her in the studio; a pro's pro!
Greg Blake is an amazing musician and performer, and that is just as true in the studio. Greg's consistency under fire has helped to take this project to the next level, and one that we could never hope to achieve without him.
Annie Savage has once again proven my initial instinct that she was the right fit on fiddle for this project! She has so much heart and her playing and singing this week will be felt in the hearts of those who hear this CD.
Tristan Scroggins is growing and evolving very quickly as a musician, but in the studio this week it was like watching a plant grow with time lapsed photography; I could literally see him growing minute by minute. The experience of working with Sally Van Meter this week has been an amazing learning experience for all of us, but Tristan's musical maturity in this week has been stunning. His playing has been stellar, and it has gone beyond anything I have heard him do to this point!
Speaking of Sally Van Meter, we are all in awe of her ability as a musician and producer. She has learned and honed her craft to a level that few ever achieve. Her ability to get the best in the studio is inspiring to watch, and words fail in describing her musicianship. One note from her instrument immediately tells the listener that what is to follow is essential and profound.
I have been fortunate to work in some of the best studios with some of the best engineers in the country, and Jono Manson rates with the very best. He is a great engineer, but beyond that, he has ears and intuition that help to capture the best in any given situation. I am glad to have worked with him on many projects, and to count him as a friend.
I will give an update when I am back in Colorado, but at this moment I am feeling much gratitude for this week and the experiences of it.
We are very excited about the new CD; it features a lot of original material as well as covers of some GREAT songs that have been seldom if ever covered by a bluegrass band. We have been working VERY hard on it, and we think it will be a very good CD. If you would like to help support us in our efforts, and at the same time secure your copy of the CD, you can go to our website, www.jeffscrogginsandcolorado.com, click on the "store" tab, and pre-order the CD. We will then mail you your copy of the CD when it is released (set for mid-March). As a small thank you for your support we will pay the postage for all CDs ordered before the official release date!! We will also keep you updated on the progress of the CD, beginning next week in the studio!! Thanks, and have a GREAT New Year!!!
Thank your for your amazing and overwhelming support in our first year! 2013 looks to be even brighter, and the very first thing that is happening for JSCO in 2013 is a new CD!!! We will be heading down to Chupadero (near Santa Fe), New Mexico on January 1 to record our second CD, which will feature our newest member, Rounder recording artist KC Groves, and will be produced by the AMAZING Sally Van Meter!!!!
Well, here we are in the final days of summer 2012. JSCO has certainly be busy in the past couple of months, and we have truly enjoyed it all; starting with the official announcement that KC Groves is a part of the band!! We are all so excited to work with KC, she is a great singer and musician, and she is a true pro! We have also had a great summer of cool events and experiences; a great new location for the Pickin' at the Fair Festival in Pueblo, to a week picking with out heroes at Kaufman Kamp, letting our hair down at Nedfest, seeing friends and family at the Santa Fe Bluegrass and Old Time Festival, the awesome scenery and people at the First annual Mammoth Bluegrass Festival in Mammoth Lakes, CA, and much more! We find ourselves in a very brief pause before we start the next round; off to IBMA, Iowa, Camp HeHoHa in Alberta, Coushatte Ranch in Bellville, TX, Wickenburg, AZ, the Black Rose, and much much more. We are currently making plans to get back into the studio at the end of the year! It will be great to have a new CD that includes KC. Thanks to everyone for the overwhelming support in our first year; we are all very excited about the end of 2012 and starting our second year in 2013. Please watch our schedule and join us for a show in your area when you can!!!
Hey everyone, As springs nears an end and summer is upon us, we have so many exciting things on the books. We are all VERY excited to have KC Groves filling in with us on a number of shows this summer! KC is a wonderful singer, songwriter, and performer, and having her onstage with us is such a thrill!! Thank you so much to everyone for the overwhelmingly positive response to having her with the band at the Durango Meltdown and all of the gigs that she has played with us! Tristan and I are excited about once again being a part of Steve Kaufman's Acoustic Kamp (I will be an instructor and he will be attending), and we are especially excited to have Ross, and Robin and Annie going with us! Ross and Robin will be with us for the month of June, and Ross will be attending Kamp, as he has begun to play the guitar! Robin and Annie will be hanging out with us at Kamp attending the shows, jamming, and enjoying the sights (and sounds) of East Tennessee. We look forward to seeing many of you somewhere out there this summer, and getting a chance to visit, pick, etc!
We are so excited about all of the things that we have coming up in 2012, and we are still adding more! This is going to be an exciting spring and summer, and the fall is shaping up to be incredible!! Our next festival is the incredible Durango Meltdown, in Durango, Colorado April 20, 21, & 22. We will be performing a lot while we are in (and on our way to) town: • Thursday, April 19 at 8 PM we will be performing at the Buffalo Inn, in Pagosa Springs • Friday, April 20 we will perform and the Durango and Silverton’s Bluegrass Express from 10 AM until 3 PM. We will perform on the train to and from Silverton, and while in Silverton we will also perform at lunchtime. • Friday, April 20 from 5:30 until 8 PM we will perform at Steamworks in Durango • Saturday, April 21 we will perform at the Meltdown at 2 PM and 4 PM, and at 6 PM we will participate in the Superjam! • Sunday April 22 Tristan and I will perform with our Durango friend Mark Simon at the Jean Pierre French Bakery (amazing food) at noon • JSCO will perform at the Meltdown at 1 PM • We will perform in the Diamond Belle Saloon from 2 until 3 PM • We will perform at the Victorious Life Fellowship in Durango with Whistle Stop at 5 PM We have a lot of stuff on the books for June, including Jeff teaching at Kaufman Kamp June 17-22, and as the year progresses it just gets busier and busier!! We have many road trips planned, as we perform and teach all across the Western and occasionally (Eastern) United States. Be sure to watch for announcements about several exciting new shows that are in the works. We hope to see many of you at these events, and as always, thank you so much for your support!
I am starting this blog to share with our fans on Reverb Nation, Facebook, and Twitter information about the band and it's members, our upcoming events, and other things that occur to me and seem worth sharing. In this initial post the overwhelming thing in my mind is to express gratitude for all of the wonderful support that we have received so far. In our initial outing at the SPBGMA festival in Jefferson City, MO; at the SPBGMA event in Nashville, and everywhere else we have appeared the reception has been very positive and very much appreciated. We have not talked too much about this up to now, but we have faced a serious challenge with the CDs over the past couple of weeks; we received them, and they were flawed, so we had to turn around and re-order them. We are sorry for the delay in getting them in the mail to those that have pre-ordered, but they should be going our over the next couple of days.Thanks again for your support and your patience!! We are off to Wichita, Kansas to play at the Artichoke on Thursday and at the KBA winter festival on Friday. We are looking forward to seeing many old friends there and making many new ones; if you are in the area be sure to come out and see us, we will be performing from 6:00 to 6:40 PM on Friday, February 17. We should have CDs in hand! We have a number of upcoming performances in CO and beyond, and we will be sure to keep you informed. Finally, I would like to sincerely thank Geoff Stelling for putting a full page ad on the back of the Feb Banjo Newsletter featuring Jeff Scroggins and Colorado!! Geoff has been very good to me over the years, and I have played my Stelling Virginian exclusively since winning in a contest almost 25 years ago. It is very cool that Tristan now has a great Stelling mandolin. That sort of makes us this a de facto Stelling band! Until next time, Jeff Scroggins