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Truman's Ridge
Bluegrass Band - Steve Sarver

Single vocal microphone, well dressed, fast paced, with all the excitement of the early days of Bluegrass. A bit of Folk, a hint of Jazz, and a touch of Swing: Chicago Style Bluegrass at its finest! Truman's Ridge is a regional band, playing festivals and venues in Minnesota, Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Iowa, Tennessee, Kentucky and Missouri.

Organized in 2008, the band consists of four members: Bruce Wallace (banjo); Steve Sarver (guitar); Mark Fowler (mandolin); and Chris Johnson (upright bass). Truman's Ridge is known for its classic style, high energy, and tight harmonies and instrumentation.

Their 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 compliment 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 four CD's: Tru-Blue, Long Way Home, Cold Cold Feeling and most recently Louisiana Swing. Their songs are played on the radio and internet throughout the United States and in Europe. Our CD's can be purchased through our website or on Itunes, and other online retailers.

Additional Information regarding Truman's Ridge including mp3's, video clips, and an appearance schedule can be found on My Space.

Some Previous Venues

Bluegrass Festivals:

  • Midsummer in The Northwoods - Manitowish Waters, WI
  • SPBGMA Spring Fest - Kirksville, MO
  • SPBGMA National Convention - Nashville, TN
  • East Troy Bluegrass Festival - East Troy, WI
  • NIBA Festival - Yorkville, IL
  • Thresherman’s Bluegrass Festival - Pontiac, IL
  • Ladies Of Bluegrass Festival - Green Bay, WI
  • Crazy Horse Festival - Ashland, IL
  • Shorty’s Bluegrass Festival - East Peoria, IL
  • SWBMAI Bluegrass Jamboree - Madison, WI
  • Wendall Hickox Memorial Festival - Casey, IL
  • Brooklyn Bluegrass Festival - Brooklyn, WI
  • Country Thunder - Twin Lakes, WI

Fairs and Community Events:

  • Kane County Fair - Saint Charles, IL
  • Walworth County Fair - Elkhorn, WI
  • Sandwich Fair - Sandwich, IL
  • TowerFest - Peoria Heights, IL
  • Summer Concert Series - DeKalb, IL
  • Summer Concert Series - Rockford, IL
  • Summer Concert Series - Wenona, IL
  • Summer Concert Series - Milton, WI
  • Summer Concert Series - Monroe, WI
  • Fall Concert Series - Harvard, IL
  • Fall Concert Series - Genoa, IL

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