The Ranger Bluegrass Review is a live stage performance which celebrates the rich musical history of bluegrass music and features some of the performers who will appear at this year’s Ranger Bluegrass Festival, to be held October 13 in Senatobia Mississippi.
Our mainstage showcase during the Delta Fair and Music Festival, September 3, will take the audience on a “musical listening journey” exploring origins of bluegrass music. The journey begins with songs from the Mississippi Delta, traveling across the sea through Ireland and Scotland and winding back down the Appalachian Mountains with a detour through the plains of Texas. The show features a sampling of many styles of music that are credited in the creation of bluegrass. The highlight will be a tribute performance of some of the best-loved bluegrass songs of the father of bluegrass, Bill Monroe.
The Ranger Bluegrass Review performers are Alice Hasen, Andy Ratliff, Craig Yarbrough, Drew Sherrod, Megan Caroline, Pat Williams, Danny Autry, Bruce White, Sarah Gosney, and Len Lawhon with narration by the Northwest Mississippi Community College Theatre Department.
Ranger Bluegrass Revue Performers
Andy Ratliff Banjo, Vocals, Guitar and Mandolin
Andy is a veteran master instrumentalist with over 20 years of professional bluegrass and folk performances. He has toured nationally with some of Nashville’s best pickers and now makes his home here in the Mid-South as one of Memphis’s premier bluegrass musicians.
Craig Yarbrough Guitar, Vocals, Mandolin, and Bass Fiddle
As a member of many of Memphis and the Mid Souths best local bluegrass bands, Craig has enjoyed a long career playing for bluegrass fans both young and old. As a multi-instrumentalist, Craig’s value as a top side man for his playing and singing makes him a powerful asset to any bluegrass band.
Alice HasenFiddle and vocals
Originally from Vermont, this Yale graduate in classical violin plays in several Mid-South bands and is rapidly becoming the “go to” fiddle and violin player for professional’s recording in Memphis. Rock, Jazz, Bluegrass, Irish, or American Traditional, Alice is a passionate master of her instrument. As a national touring musicians, her talents keep her in demand.
Drew Sherrod Fiddle
Native to our area, Drew’s career started at 12 years old as a member of Mulberry Jam Band and 3 other Memphis music projects. After 15 years of performing traditional fiddle music, teaching and performance coaching, this professionally trained Suzuki Violin teacher is currently studying with a collection of nationally known fiddle masters perfecting his blues and traditional American fiddle performance.
Megan Carolan Guitar and Vocals
Originally from Pennsylvania, this very talented singer songwriter spends her time between Memphis and Nashville entertaining her fans with her original music and creative covers of songs celebrating the lives lived of her generation. Megan, sings leads, backup, harmony and plays guitar and ukulele with several bands and music projects in the Mid-South.
Pat Williams Guitar and Vocals
With a lifetime of music and performance under his belt, Pat’s work with Mulberry Jam and several other groups over the last 30 years earn him the nick name of “the human jukebox” for his vast knowledge of guitar classic, old time, swing and gypsy jazz.
Danny Autry Mountain Dulcimer and percussion
Like Pat, growing up in Memphis, Danny has played with the famous and infamous alike! His mastery of the mountain dulcimer puts him on the top of his instrument in versatility and ability to “play the dulcimer at a much higher level than most nationally ranked players”
Bruce White Double Bass Fiddle and Saw
That is no typo, Bruce is a master player of the “Bow and Saw” as well as the deep hypnotic rhythm of the Bass Fiddle. A player who everyone loves to have “back them up in a jam session” Bruce brings a great addition to the Revue with his talents.
Sarah GosneyCello, Vocal and Script Writer
As the newest member of Mulberry Jam, Sarah is also a new musician who through hard work and practice catapulted herself into the stage as a first rate musician.Sarah’s career as a published author, freelance writer and popular online life style guru also wrote the narration script to the Ranger Bluegrass Revue.
Narration by the Northwest Mississippi Community College Drama Department