Truman’s Ridge offers Chicago-style bluegrass music in concert July 26

Truman’s Ridge
Truman’s Ridge

Staff Report

Truman’s Ridge will perform Saturday, July 26, at Concerts on the Creek at Spring Creek United Church of Christ, 4500 Spring Creek Road, Rockford. The band will begin at 7 p.m. Admission is free, although donations are accepted for the band.

Single vocal mic, well-dressed, fast-paced, with all the excitement of the early days of bluegrass in covers and original material, Truman’s Ridge offers an exciting blend of the familiar and the unique.

Truman’s Ridge is a regional band, playing festivals and venues in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Tennessee and Missouri. Organized in 2008, the band consists of four members: Bruce Wallace (banjo); Steve Sarver (guitar); Mark Fowler (mandolin); and Greg Heintz (upright bass). Truman’s Ridge is known for its classic style, high energy, and tight harmonies and instrumentation.

Truman’s Ridge harmonies are varied, at times reminiscent of the early brother bands, and at other times showing a strong rural-gospel influence in the two-, three- and four-part vocals. The lead vocals are always strong. Instrumentally, the band continues to show the influence of Midwestern string band and Chicago jazz and blues on its interpretation of traditional bluegrass arrangements. The rock-solid beat of the guitar and bass complement the driving rhythm of the banjo and the compelling mandolin lead breaks. Fiddle and harmonica are also featured on some songs.

Truman’s Ridge has released three CDs: Tru-Blue, Long Way Home and Cold Cold Feeling. Their fourth CD, Louisiana Swing, is scheduled to be released in 2014. Their songs are played on the radio and Internet throughout the United States and in Europe.

Seating is limited for this concert. Refreshments will be available for purchase, as well as pizza from Bino’s Italian Restaurant. For more about the Concerts on the Creek series, e-mail or visit and click the Concerts on the Creek logo.

From the July 23-29, 2014, issue

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