John Reischman, John Reischman and the Jaybirds
â€œ...a significant voice of modern bluegrass music.â€
- Bluegrass Unlimited August 2005
â€œ... songs and instrumentals that speak of the cost of living oneÊ¼s life oneÊ¼s own way rather than playing it safe.â€
- Mike Compton, The Nashville Bluegrass Band
They call New Mexico home now. But they come from the flat cornfields of the Midwest and the misty Appalachians. TheyÊ¼ve walked the back roads of red clay Georgia and the ridges of the Blue Ridge hill country. TheyÊ¼re as much at home in dusty badlands as beside whispering mountain creeks. Most of all, they love making music. Music from the heart of the Land of Enchantment. TheyÊ¼re â€œRaising Caneâ€ and theyÊ¼re one of the hottest bluegrass bands in the Southwest.
Hailing these days from across New Mexico, Raising Cane is Gregg Daigle on guitar and banjo, Don Grieser on mandolin, Aimee Hoyt on guitar, and Rich Sanchez on bass.
The band burst onto the bluegrass scene with a highly-lauded CD, a round of festival appearances throughout the Southwest and a raucous standing ovation as the opening act for Grammy Award winners Peter Rowan and Tony Rice. In only six months, Raising Cane has shared the stage with national acts such as the Nashville Bluegrass Band, Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, King Wilkie, IIIrd Tyme Out and Blue Highway.
Raising Cane recently released their second CD, â€œRide the Rain.â€ Produced by Grammy winner Sally Van Meter, Raising Caneâ€™s second CD features 12 original songs written by band members. Van Meter has produced records for national acts like Open Road, Yonder Mountain String Band, and Uncle Earl.
â€œA good part of the bandÊ¼s magic is its diverse backgrounds,â€ says one follower. â€œWhat ties them all together is their sheer love of bluegrass and a huge dose of raw, energetic talent.â€
ItÊ¼s been said that bluegrass was created from a blend of hillbilly, gospel, country/western, blues and â€œold timeyâ€ music popular in the rural South in the Ê»30Ê¼s and Ê»40Ê¼s. But with Raising Cane on the scene, bluegrass has taken on a new dimension. While preserving the great traditions of the genreÊ¼s folk roots, Raising Cane applies a rich, pleasing patina of AmericaÊ¼s great Southwest with music that spins stories, tugs at the emotions, and brings a broad smile to all those who hear it.
Raising Cane. Bringing enchantment to a grand old tradition.
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1. Oh, Carolina
2. Green and Cold
3. Inman's Liquid Gold
4. I'm Goin' Home
5. Kansas Nights
6. Sleepy Meadow
7. Gonna Make Hay
8. Tango in Durango
9. Little Bird
10. Ride the Rain
11. Wild Life Out West
12. Canyon Waltz