Rollin' In the Hay at Mary' s Place Aug. 18-19

Rollin’ back into Rockford for two nights is the band that has been called one of the forerunners in the “Newgrass” musical revolution of America.

Rollin’ in the Hay will play two live shows at their favorite Rockford spot, Mary’s Place.

“They really like playing at the smaller bars,” Becky Haddad, Mary’s Place owner, said. “This has to be their fifth or sixth show here, or maybe more.”

The band’s Web site explains their sound as “the good times and instruments of a front porch hoe down with the muscle of a power trio, and the savvy of veteran touring musicians…with a little caffeine-laced three-part harmony.”

Rollin’ in the Hay carries a variety of musical instruments scattered among three very talented men.

Barry Waldrep (banjo/guitar/mandolin/vocals), Rick Carter (guitar/vocals) and Stan Foster (bass/vocals) make up this Birmingham, Ala.-based band.

Waldrep started playing bluegrass music at 6 years old. By the time he was 14, he was performing on stage with “the father of bluegrass,” Bill Monroe.

He spent several years after that playing in road bands and performing many other styles of music.

It wasn’t until he met Carter, founding member and leader of the Birmingham-based Telluride, that he began, once again, to play the style of music he loves.

He released his first solo album, Steel Rails, a combination of original and traditional bluegrass, in October 1997.

Carter has worked with his band for the past 17 years. His personal attributes help make the band one of the most well-known musical acts in the South.

In 1991, he released his first solo album, Loveland, which landed him excellent reviews and several opening slots with Bob Dylan. His second album, Lost Town, was released in 1993, followed by his latest album, Dusty Jukebox, in 1996.

Foster, who’s originally from Arkansas, has a degree in music education with a specialization in voice. He’ll say he’s just a bass player, but his harmonica playing and deep vocals would prove to anyone it simply isn’t true.

Rollin’ in the Hay plays their unique bluegrass/rock fusion sound anywhere from colleges to concert halls, and have opened shows for various artists from Greg Allman to Widespread Panic.

Together as a band, they have recorded six main albums and many instrumental tributes to artists such as R.E.M., Eric Clapton, Phish, Tim McGraw and Jo Dee Messina.

“Everybody just loves them,” Haddad said. “They’re very down to earth…just a blast.”

Rollin’ in the Hay’s music can be researched by live videos on the Internet—the band allows fans to record their live shows. More info:

Feel free to record Rollin’ in the Hay’s performances starting at 9:30 p.m. both Aug. 18 and 19 at Mary’s Place, 602 N. Madison St.

Mary’s Place is a 21 years and older bar that is open until 2 a.m., Monday-Saturday, and midnight Sunday. For more information, call 962-7944 or visit

From the Aug. 10-16, 2005, issue

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