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ABOUT THE MODERN HICKS

The Modern Hicks are: Kevin Russell, Layne Bowen, Gina Blaber, Craig Anderson, and Ted Dutcher.

logo Kevin Russell     Kevin, a Seattle native, is a founding member of Modern Hicks. A multi-instrumentalist, Kevin plays guitar, mandolin, 5-string banjo, resophonic guitar and sings lead and harmony. In addition to the Hicks, Kevin plays in the alt-country band Laughing Gravey, and with singer/songwriter Terry Pinnegar. Kevin also hosts a bluegrass and western swing radio program on Sonoma County's PBS station, KRCB (91.1) and writes CD reviews for an on-line website www.freighttrainboogie.com In December 2002 Kevin released a solo CD on the Jackalope Label entitled, "You Don't Know Me".

logo Layne Bowen     Layne, a founding member of Modern Hicks, plays mandolin and guitar. Originally from Emporia, Kansas, Layne cut his bluegrass teeth playing mandolin with the Skunk Valley Boys (which also included high school buddy and long-time Bluegrass Patriot dobro player Ranger Rick Bradstreet). In addition to his instrumental and songwriting contributions, Layne sings harmony and lead parts for the band. Layne is also a session musician and a member of the San Francisco Scottish Fiddlers.

logo Gina Blaber     Gina sings both lead and harmony parts for the Modern Hicks. She moved to Sonoma County from her native New England where she was a member of Libana, a women's chorus, singing music from Eastern Europe. Among the musical influences Gina readily acknowledges are jazz vocalist Abbey Lincoln and the soulful country duet work of the Louvin Brothers. Gina is also a featured artist on the "Connections" CD.

logo Craig Anderson     Craig, on dobro and 5-string banjo, hails from Southern California. There he played with various sidewalk bands such as the Chubascos and the Three Stooges Cooking School. Craig enjoys pushing the envelope by playing the music of the Clash and the Talking Heads with the vehicle of traditional bluegrass. Most recently he played with "The Clearing", a group of environmental educators from Marin and Sonoma counties who performed at the Strawberry Music Festival.

logo Ted Dutcher     Ted plays the bass for the Modern Hicks. A veteran of several Sonoma County bluegrass and beyond bands, Ted brings a rock-solid rhythm and a keen sense of harmony to the band.

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