Byron Berline Band to perform Nov. 17

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Byron Berline Band to perform Nov. 17

November 3, 2009

Join three time national fiddle champion Byron Berline and his band - John Hickman, Jim Fish, Greg Burgess, Richard Sharp and Steve Short - as they take the Herod Hall Auditorium stage for an exciting evening of traditional bluegrass and Western swing music. They will perform on Tuesday, Nov. 17, at 7:30 p.m.

 Byron Berline Band
Byron Berline Band

Tickets can be purchased at Holder Drug, Schuhmacher’s, the NWOSU Bookstore or by calling (580) 327-8692. Adult season tickets are $30 (a $40 value) and student season tickets are $15 (a $20 value). Tickets to individual performances will be sold on an “as available” basis at $10 for adults and $5 for students.

Berline’s early career included playing fiddle with bluegrass legends such as Bill Monroe, Dillard and Clark and Country Gazette. His long list of performing and recording credits includes The Rolling Stones, The Eagles, Elton John and many more. He also has extensive television and movie sound track credits and has appeared in “Star Trek,” “Blaze,” “Back to the Future III,” and “Basic Instinct.”

In 1995 Berline returned to his home state of Oklahoma where he opened a Fiddle Shop in Guthrie, for the purpose of “visiting, trading and jamming” with folks who enjoy their music. In the Fiddle Shop, the Byron Berline Band formed and found themselves in great demand around the state, as well as surrounding states, and have extended their music through Europe.

Regarded as one of the great masters of the banjo, the legendary John Hickman continues his almost 30 year collaboration with Berline. Hickman has played with bluegrass greats like Red Allen, Frank Wakefield and Earl Taylor’s Stoney Mountain Boys.

Jim Fish began his career as a musician playing washboard in a jug band in the early 60s, but the lure of the guitar was too powerful to deny. Fish saw the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show and began a decades-long interest in guitar as a result. His diverse influences include Don Rich, George Harrison, Roger McGuinn and Clarence White. Fish uses a custom-made “vintaged” Triggs acoustic guitar and a Telecaster with a string-bender device to contribute to the sound of the Byron Berline Band.

Greg Burgess has been playing guitar and fiddle for more than 30 years. Over the years, associations with fiddlers like Clark Forshee, Amos Hedrick, Ace Sewell, Russell O’Neal, and, of course, Byron Berline, helped form Greg’s fiddling style. Greg has won the Oklahoma State Fiddle Championship numerous times, and has been ranked in the top 10 at a number of national level fiddle contests.

Richard Sharp is at home on the left-handed upright and electric bass. Sharp has stayed busy with more recording sessions than can be listed. He has toured with Oklahoma’s own Harlow Wilcox, recording on his Grammy nominated album Groovy Grubworm. He has shared the stage with Hank Thompson, Texas Playboys, Chris Hillman, and Vince Gill, just to name a few.

Steve Short began playing drums with his parents’ family band at a very early age. Since those early days he has recorded and played with every big name imaginable, including three years with Reba McEntyre. Steve is an accomplished recording and sound engineer, and produces the Byron Berline Band’s album projects. He is undoubtedly the most popular recording drummer in the area.

For more information regarding the Concert Series, contact Dr. Stephen Kingsbury, concert series chairman and associate professor of music, at (580) 327-8692 or sakingsbury@nwosu.edu.

The Northwest Oklahoma Concert Series is made possible with the assistance of the Oklahoma Arts Council, the National Endowment for Fine Arts and the Share Trust of Alva.

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