Latest album from Songs From the Road Band offers a fine musical ride

When Charles Humphrey II left Steep Canyon Rangers and took up with his buddies in Songs From the Road Band, some folks speculated he had grown weary of SCR’s heavy touring schedule. Suffice to say nothing could be further from the truth. If anything, Humphrey went from the frying pan into the fire when it comes to touring. After starting as a side project with a rotating cast of whatever Asheville musicians were in town[…]

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Charles Humphrey III is confident Songs From The Road Band’s incessant touring is about to pay off

Ashville-based SFTRB making a pre-IBMA trip north for 3 shows By Chris A. Courogen BGC Editor When Charles Humphrey III decided to make Songs From the Road Band a full-time, touring gig, he knew it meant starting over almost from scratch. Sure, he brought the band some name recognition thanks to his time with Steep Canyon Rangers. And the rest of the band’s roster was made up of stellar pickers like mandolinist Mark Schimick, flat-picker[…]

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For the Friends Who Make Up Songs From the Road Band, ‘The Stars Aligned’

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story was originally published in the British Bluegrass News — BBN85. From a distance, it seemed as if Charles Humphrey III was living a bluegrass musician’s dream. As the bassist, and one of the principal songwriters for the Steep Canyon Rangers, Humphrey was playing to bigger and bigger crowds, crowds fueled in part by the bands 15-plus years of touring and recording, both on their own and in association with Steve Martin.[…]

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Dispatch from Grey Fox: A Friday filled from noon to late night with great music

“That old guy emceeing is known as a no-nonsense keep the show moving kind of guy,” said one of the volunteers working the High Meadow stage Friday afternoon. “He is usually out there with a kickstand, getting them right off the stage. He doesn’t encourage encores, so you know he liked them.” “Them” was the southcentral Pa. band Mountain Ride and they had just finished a set that included not one, but two encores. Two[…]

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Songs From the Road Band Takes to the Road to Share Those Songs

When Charles Humphrey III suddenly announced last fall that he was leaving the Steep Canyon Rangers, the musical home he helped to build and his main musical focus for 18 years, it caught a lot of fans by surprise. The timing seemed a little odd. The Steeps were about to release a new album, one that included three songs written by Humphries. In a Facebook post announcing his decision, Humphrey wrote: “I’m excited to let[…]

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And the winner is . . . handing out Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival honors

Thought we’d try a different way of reviewing a festival by handing out some awards following this weekend’s 76th Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival. The idea is pretty simple — after each festival we cover, we will hand out our best of show honors and at the end of festival season we will bestow Brewskis (or maybe we will come up with a better name) to the bests we experience during festival season. Or maybe we will[…]

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Gettysburg Day Two — Stretching Out in the Rain

It was stretch day Friday at the 76th Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival. The bi-annual festival, which has been happening since 1979, has a reputation as one of the top traditional bluegrass festivals in the country.The McCoury brothers tell stories about chasing girls there when they were teenagers tagging along to their dad’s gigs. All the greats have played there, including Bill himself. The promoters are not afraid to push the envelope now and again, though. A[…]

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