Monday, January 31, 2011

New 2011 Bluegrass Messenger Line-Up


On the left is our new Bluegrass Messengers line-up:

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(Left to Right) Rob Mitchum (Mandolin) Roz Carothers (Fiddle) Richard Matteson (Guitar- Vocals) Roger Miller (Banjo- Vocals) Jim Zils (Electric- Stand-up Bass) Mike Grissom (Dobro)

We've got some talent and more than that we love playing music. We have about two sets of songs and we are working on new songs that we will be adding shortly.

For info email me at

We'll be playing around Louisville. Our next gig is Feb. 12, 6:00 pm at Heine Brothers Coffee on Herr Lane in Westport Village.

Come on out and set a spell,


Friday, January 21, 2011

Sleepy Marlin Dies


The great fiddler Sleepy Marlin, who was featured in an article I wrote for Old-Time Hearld last May/June, died last night- Jan 20th- at the age of 95. On the left is a photo of Sleepy and me after an interview last Spring.

I talked to Jase Marlin tonight and he said Sleepy passed away last night. Jase and the Marlins are performing in Florida. Jase played mandolin with my group Bluegrass Messengers at the Sleepy Marlin Tribute concert on May 8, 2010. You can see us on youtube and also an interview with Sleepy:

There is a viewing for Sleepy at Coot's Funeral Home in Jeffersonville Feb. 1 between 2-8 and a mass will be held at St. Augustine Catholic Church on Feb. 2 at 10:00 AM.

Sleepy was great man and led an active life both as a father and a performer. He was a founding member of the Drifting Pioneers along with country Music legend Merle Travis in the 1930s.

TY Sleepy for all you've given us- see you again someday in the great bye-and-bye,


Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Happy New Year- New Videos


Happy New Year!!!!

I've done two sets of videos with two great singers promoting my new Mel Bay book, Acoustic Music Source Book:

Richard Matteson with Kara Pleasants
Wildwood Flower

Paul & Silas

Meet Me By the Moonlight

Scarborough Fair

Water is Wide

Richard Matteson with Jessica Kaster
Barbara Allen

In the Pines

Hop Along Peter

Ain't Gonna Lay my Armor Down