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Bradford Folk bringing new band to Ruby Jewel Jamboree

by Lavender Lori Parr - on Monday, October 20, 2014
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Musicians go to Nashville to be inspired, learn new tricks. They come in from the wilderness of their self-absorbed isolation, willing to expose how much they don’t know. This is a trick for already-great musician, as they must first admit what they do not know, then force themselves to mix and mingle with the masses of various talent. And then dare to make music in the same town, the same buildings where Johnny Cash, and the Father of Bluegrass – Bill Monroe - did. They hope to learn through exposures and from fine-tuned musicality, but oft, as Bradford Lee Folk explains, are instead deeply humbled. 

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Ruby Jewel Jamboree presents The Kathy Kallick Band Tour

by Lavender Lori Parr - on Wednesday, March 05, 2014
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Ruby Jewel Jamboree kicks off it’s 2014 season with the Kathy Kallick Band Tour.

Kathy Kallick has been making bluegrass music for 40 years, since 1975. In what was then a male predomination, with the likes of David Grisman, Bill Monroe, Tony Rice, and Ricky Skaggs it is a wonder a woman could get a lick in edgewise. Yet that year, Kathy along with four other woman cofounded a band that would play together for 20 years; The Good Ol’ Persons consisted of Kathy Kallick, Sue Shelasky, Barbara Mendelsohn, Dorothy Baxter, and Laurie Lewis. Laurie Lewis and Kathy, both living in the Bay Area, still collaborate. 

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Author Lavender Lori Parr

About Lavender Lori Parr

Lavender Lori was recently described by a friend as elegant and rugged. Elegant is a stretch but rugged sums it up.

She never was one to play by society's rules or let anybody tell her what to do. And when others thought her a fool for trying something outside the box of normal reality she did it just to prove to herself that it could be done. She has bucked systems most of her life. Some might call her fiercely independent. She is, without a doubt self reliant and self sufficient and maybe stricken with a light case of LFWS - Lonely Farm Woman Syndrome due to circumstances that led to her sudden uprooting to different living quarters, a 90 mile round trip from her base town of Missoula, Montana.

She is the pioneer for growing a couple types of lavender that were never before tried in Montana, distills her own brand of essential oils and hydrosols, and teaches workshops on various topics.