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Custer's Grass Band bringing down-home bluegrass

November 7, 2018
Custer's Grass Band
Custer’s Grass Band, one of the Northwest’s premiere bluegrass bands, is bringing old time bluegrass to Bonners Ferry and the Pearl Theater Saturday night, and the opening act is from Bonners Ferry.

Custer's Grass Band
"We're all lookin' forward to playing together again," the band posted on their Facebook page. "Hard to believe this all started back in 1972! Found this old photo of the original band. (l-r, below) Dave Hackwith, Les Panther, Tony DiPietro and Bob Asbury. Tony played mandolin with us for the first couple years before graduating from Gonzaga Law School and moving on. I'm sure he really regretted that move, as the money playing in a bluegrass band is pretty phenomenal! Chris Prumers joined the band in 1974, and we've been together (playing off-and-on) ever since."

The Spokane band's self-titled album, released in 1977, was one of the first old-time bluegrass albums originating in the Northwest, and the band has headlined at regional bluegrass shows and in concert ever since.

Recently, the band has worked-up a special tribute show featuring the music of Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs.

During the mid-60s “Flatt & Scruggs” were credited with bringing bluegrass genre to the national psyche by the creation of sound tracks like, “Foggy Mountain Breakdown” and “The Ballad of Jed Clampett,” the ubiquitous theme for the hit television series, “The Beverley Hillbillies.”

They'll debut that show Saturday at the Pearl.

Custer’s Grass Band presents a highly entertaining show for all who appreciate the traditional sounds of bluegrass. This special presentation features a rare opportunity to go back in time and recall the foundational roots of one of America’s truly original music styles, that “high lonesome sound” known as bluegrass!

Local musician Hannah Willis is the t. scarlet you may have noticed listed on the bill as the opening act.

She doesn't play bluegrass, but she's delighted to be on for a 40-minute opening set, and each song she plays, she said, will be one of her original compositions.

It's going to be a great show, and it kicks off at 7 p.m. at the Pearl Theater, 7160 Ash Street, Bonners Ferry. Doors and the Pearl Cafe open at 6 p.m.

Tickets are $15 advance and $5 student at Mountain Mike’s, Bonners Books, online at www.thepearltheater.org or by calling (208) 610-2846. Tickets at the door are $18.

The Pearl Theater is a non-profit organization, dedicated to fostering the performing arts throughout Boundary County. For more information or for membership, give them a call or visit their website!
Custer's Grass Band Hannah Willis aka t. scarlet
Custer's Grass Band circa 1972 Hannah Willis, aka t. scarlet

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