The amazing style and expertise of these fine musicians, Bill Griffin, Mike Mullins, and Wally Barnick has graced concert and festival stages, often shared with Alison Krauss, Doc & Merle Watson, Stephane Grappelli, The Allman Brothers and Emmylou Harris.
Performing for over 30 years, CVD led the way in developing Bluegrass as a modern sound beyond its country music routes. It is likely their presentation will also feature remarkable versions of tunes from the late country folk artist Kate Wolf, who Bill Griffin toured with for many years.
The year we started Música Del Río, the Cache Valley Drifters stopped touring. (Some said it was old age! Others said it was so they would not have to play here!) The longest standing member, Bill Griffin moved to Hawaii about that time, where he excelled as a master luthier and creator of the mandolele. Wally Barnick lives nearby and is a dear friend we see often. Mike Mullins joined us during our first season in 2007 as a member of The Cyrus Clarke Expedition.
With the end of The Drifters annual reunion concert at Live Oak, we were sure we had heard their very last live concert together. But along with Bill’s return to the mainland, and a chance to commemorate Kate Wolf’s 75th birthday, the CVD once again are making a few special exception to their retirement. We are very proud to be part of the 2017 “we’re not sure what a reunion is” reunion tour. So don’t ask questions, just get your butt here before they change their minds. With a great deal of creative persuasion; Bill, Wally and Mike agreed to a stop by one more time. The old hippies turned bluegrass boys old men are joining us for the concert many have been asking us about every day since the word got out. We hope you can join us on October 7th.