Wednesday, August 28
Playing bluegrass with a distinctly Maine flavor, the band features three-and-four-part-vocal harmonies backed by banjo, guitar, and mandolin. Guitarist Stan Keach, who writes most of the groups songs, is a nationally-known bluegrass songwriter whose songs have been recorded by by some of the biggest names in bluegrass. On Boot Hill, a song Keach co-authored with Rick Lang, won the 2017 Maine Songwriters Association Song of the Year award and was recorded by the popular bluegrass band Ralph Stanley II and The Clinch Mountain Boys. An earlier Keach song, Whispering Water, made the national top ten bluegrass singles charts in 2009.
In addition to bluegrass standards and bluegrass-flavored arrangements of songs from other genres, a Ramblers concert features a number of original songs about Maine. Their 2012 album, Cry of the Loon and Other Original Songs About Maine, has been called a gift to Mainers by writer/journalist George Smith. With songs about everything from a Muhammad Ali-Sonny Liston fight in Lewiston to L.L. Bean boots, concertgoers can expect to hear lyrics celebrating the history, flora and fauna, landscape, and lore of Maine.