Playing Frosty Morning at the Pickin in the Panhandle Festival. Features Matt Hickman, Ron Webb and Jon Glick.
Circa Blue with guest Chris Sexton playing Salt Creek at their CD release party
It isn’t often you get to begin a bluegrass album review by talking about Latin. But Circa Blue’s name says it all. Circa by definition means “around” or “about,” as mentioned in the CD liner notes, and that is certainly the best way to describe the content.
The West Virginia-based band covers five tunes and adds another five original tunes in their self-titled debut album. The work does not fall cleanly or clearly into one category; it is not purely traditional, nor is it purely progressive. Guitarist Steve Harris shares lead vocal duties with mandolinist Ron Webb. Dave Harris is on bass and Matt Hickman aptly handles the banjo chores. Guest appearances include Mike Auldridge on resonator guitar, and Chris Sexton on fiddle.” ~ Bluegrass Unlimited
In today’s music world there’s a whole lot more to starting a band than merely getting together with four to five guys, hacking out some tunes, booking, and playing shows. Each band must strive to create their own sound, generate original material, and ultimately find a band name which catches the listeners’ attention. West Virginia-based band Circa Blue has accomplished just that with the release of their debut self-titled album” ~ Bluegrass Today
“I’m delighted to have one of my tunes included on Circa Blue’s new CD. They’re one of the best bands I’ve heard in a while, and their great picking, singing, and arrangements make this a CD you’ll be playing over and over.” ~Phil Rosenthal
“If you like dogs, good pickin’, sibling harmonies and solid songs – Circa Blue’s new CD is sure to please.” ~ Mary Sue Twohy, Program Director, SiriusXM
“”I was very happy to have been asked to join this great band in the studio on a few songs for their new CD. It was a pleasure to be a part of a group of guys that have great respect for the roots of bluegrass as well as an appreciation of the more contemporary side of the music we love. They can do it all!” ~Mike Auldridge