Join us at the Floyd Country Store at noon Saturday, June 21 for Americana Afternoon. Guests include Todd Day Wait’s Pigpen at 12:00 pm, High Ground at 1:30 pm, open mic at 2:30. Email us to sign up.
12:00 Todd Day Wait’s Pigpen, Folk-Country-Blues based in New Orleans
In 2009, Todd Day Wait put everything he owned on the curb of his home in Columbia, Missouri, and started what would become a seemingly never-ending cross-county voyage. Traveling in a vegetable oil-powered airport shuttle bus, he headed out to California by way of the Rocky Mountains, and ended up in New Orleans. Along the way, he would find collaborators where he could, picking up one line-up for a few states, and rotating regionally. Relying on each musician’s various strengths, Todd would adapt his music to suit them, shifting genres as he did states. Through this process, Todd Day Wait arrived at a musical aesthetic that blends blues, folk, country, early R&B, and soul. In 2012, after years on the road, Todd Day Wait relocated to New Orleans and the permanent line-up of Todd Day Wait’s Pigpen was formed, including Matt Dethrow on upright bass, George Aschmann on fiddle, and Todd Day Wait on guitar. Today, Todd Day Wait’s Pigpen can be found playing on the streets of the French Quarter and in venues throughout New Orleans.
1:30 High Ground, High Energy Bluegrass from the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia
It all started 10 years ago when Rick Altis and Larry Taylor got the idea to record a bluegrass project singing all of the harmony parts and playing as many of the instruments as possible. With a little help the recording became recognized as a project worth further investigation. Calls started coming in for bookings so they joined with their old friend Jim Almarode and put together a touring band. The next ten years have found them in many states from the Great Lakes to the Deep South, playing bluegrass and gaining the most loyal fans you can imagine. Some of the fans travel many miles to see a High Ground show. They’ve opened for and played beside the best in the business. One of their big moments was when award winning banjo player Sammy Shelor filled in on the 5 string at a festival in Stuart VA. Sammy’s been a great friend to the band and recorded on High Ground’s “Bristol Station” project.
With four recording projects behind them and the addition of Ben Swarey on guitar and Brandon Burkeholder on banjo, the end is nowhere in sight!
2:30 Open Mic
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