Rocky Neck Bluegrass Band

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Rocky Neck Bluegrass Band is a Southern California based group featuring Devitt Feeley, Lydia Veilleux, and Craig Ferguson who got their start in the bluegrass music field by winning first place in the 2009 Topanga Banjo and Fiddle "Band Contest". In January of 2012 they took first place in the California Bluegrass Association's "Great 48 Showcase Showdown", competing against the top bluegrass... more

Rocky Neck Bluegrass Band is a Southern California based group featuring Devitt Feeley, Lydia Veilleux, and Craig Ferguson who got their start in the bluegrass music field by winning first place in the 2009 Topanga Banjo and Fiddle "Band Contest". In January of 2012 they took first place in the California Bluegrass Association's "Great 48 Showcase Showdown", competing against the top bluegrass bands from across the state.
Rocky Neck Bluegrass Band plays at the premiere Bluegrass and Country venues across Southern California and has 2014 festival appearances scheduled at the Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest and Folk Festival, the Calico Spring Festival and the Cloverdale Old Time Fiddle Festival. They are also a regular on the wedding circuit and have appeared on an episode of WETV's "My Fair Wedding" with David Tutera as well as in a cover story photo spread in C Magazine's wedding edition. The band has also played weddings featured on the covers of People Magazine, Hello Magazine, and Us Weekly.
Their first recording, "Rocky Neck Bluegrass Band" released in November of 2010, was recorded in a 1920's cabin in the mountain community of Big Bear, CA, and was mastered by legendary bluegrass engineer Billy Wolf in Arlington, VA. The album has been receiving regular airplay on radio stations across the country.
In RNBB's debut, "We wanted to make a bluegrass recording that had the feeling of a living room jam as opposed to the slick Nashville sound. Recording in Devitt's cabin in Big Bear couldn't have been a better situation," says Craig, who engineered the recording. The blend of fresh bluegrass arrangements, original tunes, and traditional music on this album will be attractive to fans of not only bluegrass but also blues, country, and folk-oriented listeners.
Devitt Feeley added, "By arranging songs that are not part of the standard bluegrass repertoire like Neil Young's Comes A Time, we hope to reach out to people who might not know that they're bluegrass fans." According to Lydia, "We searched our common repertoire for traditional tunes that still feel relevant today and tried to build fresh arrangements on these timeless songs. By juxtaposing old traditional songs like "Shady Grove" with bluegrass arrangements of more modern songs we hoped to respect traditional bluegrass, while extending a hand to people who aren't that familiar with bluegrass music."
In addition to Devitt Feeley on mandolin, Craig Ferguson on guitar and Lydia Veilleux on fiddle, the live ensemble often includes Brian Netzley on bass. Live appearances are important to the band as they work hard to entertain crowds and put on a great show. RNBB's performance schedule for 2015 is filling up fast.

For more information, visit www.rockyneckbluegrass.com

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