About Phyllis Erck

Dobro player and singer

Sorry for the emails

Dear MRBA Members,

I’m writing to apologize for the spam that came through from the MRBA website today. The problem with the spammer has been resolved and you should not be receiving any more of these. Hopefully everyone is keeping safe during the pandemic and keeping your wits about you with some bluegrass music.

Your trusty webmaster,

Phyllis Erck

Subscribe to this website

The subscription mechanism for this website was recently updated.  If you were subscribed before, you’ll need to resubscribe.  It’s a 2 step process.

  1. Go here and fill in your email address
  2. Click the authentication link that comes in your email

You may have already received an email link if you were subscribed before.  We tried to resubscribe everyone who was already subscribed.  In this case all you have to do is click the authentication link in the email notification that you received.

Wintergrass Showcase Bands

We have a nice roster of bands lined up for the Wintergrass Showcase in Suite 355 including:

Caleb Coffey / Emily Emmons, The Warren G. Hardings, Pickled Okra, Heartbreak Pass, Moonshine Falls, Mountain Meets the Sea, Roosevelt Road, Lochwood, The Blackberry Bushes Stringband and more.  Seattle’s famous KaraokeGrass Band in Suite 353 (next door)

[stout_gc id=2]

John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band

Right click on the image to save it to your computer.

At The Ellen Theatre in Bozeman
Saturday, March 29, 2014 – 8 PM

FREE ticket for the first 4 people to post a comment on this post.  Tell us something good about bluegrass music.

Elton John calls him “Brilliant!” and he was AMC’s Guitarist of the Year for three straight years. Grammy-winner John Jorgenson and his Bluegrass Band, straight from a packed house performance at the Grand Ole Opry, are set for a night of incredible music.

“We’re thrilled to be heading back to The Ellen,” said Jorgenson. “The acoustics are perfect and I like to call it Carnegie West. I’m truly looking forward to introducing our Bluegrass Band to Bozeman.”  Joining Jorgenson are Herb Pedersen on banjo, guitar and vocals; Jon Randall on guitar and vocals; and Mark Fain on bass.

If you have yet to see a live performance by John Jorgenson, known for his blistering licks on guitar and mandolin, here is your opportunity to witness a master at the absolute top of his craft. Jorgenson’s career has already been a full one, co-founding The Desert Rose Band and collaborating with a number of musical luminaries including Sting, Bonnie Rait, Bob Dylan, Luciano Pavarotti, Billy Joel and Barbra Streisand. Elton John was so impressed when he first saw him play, he immediately recruited Jorgenson to join his band, a teaming that lasted six years. In 2008, Jorgenson won a Grammy for Best Country Instrumental with Brad Paisley and received a nomination for Best Bluegrass Album with Earl Scruggs.

Herb Pedersen was a member of legendary Bluegrass band The Dillards as well as Bluegrass super-group Old and In the Way. A highly sought after singer and musician, he has performed with such music icons as Jerry Garcia, Gram Parsons, Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton, Jackson Browne, John Denver, Dan Fogelberg, James Taylor, Vince Gill, Stephen Stills,  John Prine and Kris Kristofferson. Pedersen wrote the classics “Old Train” and “Wait A Minute.”

Jon Randall first gained recognition as guitarist for Emmylou Harris’ band, the Grammy-winning Nash Ramblers. He has also toured with Earl Scruggs and recorded with Harris, Lyle Lovett and Linda Ronstadt. Among his several hit songs, Randall penned “Whiskey Lullaby,” the CMA Song of the Year in 2005 for Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss.
Mark Fain toured and recorded as bass player in the award-winning Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder for 13 years. He’s also toured and recorded with Alison Krauss, Dolly Parton, Alan Jackson, and Dwight Yoakam and has produced many artists in the bluegrass, jazz, country, and gospel genres.

Mark Fain toured and recorded as bass player in the award-winning Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder for 13 years. He’s also toured and recorded with Alison Krauss, Dolly Parton, Alan Jackson, and Dwight Yoakam and has produced many artists in the bluegrass, jazz, country, and gospel genres.

Tickets: $28

Buy Tickets

MRBA Volunteer needed

Do you love the Montana Rockies Bluegrass Association events?  Would you like to help us get the word out about our events?

We need a volunteer to take on the task of listing our MRBA sponsored events with the media outlets such as the Missoulian, MissoulaEvents.net, the Bitterroot Star and the Independent.  We sponsor about 12 events per year and submissions can be made through simple online forms.  Training is available if needed.  This is a very important job for keeping our club vibrant.

Please give me a call if you can help.

-Phyllis  546-6327


Final Winter 2014 Jam

Winter Jam Series at Ruby's Inn

Come on over to Ruby’s for our final Jam for the Winter Jam Series this season.

Same routine.  Start at 2pm jam until midnight or so with a break for potluck dinner at 6pm.

All styles and levels and grinners are welcome.

Ruby’s Inn – 4825 N Reserve St (Missoula, MT) just off I-90 at exit 101

Leftover Turkey Pick at Billings Hampton

leftover turkey jam billings hampton
You’re invited to a Thanksgiving Weekend Bluegrass jam and potluck.

Date: Saturday, Nov 30, 2013
Time: 6-9pm
Location: Billings Hampton Inn

The Ruby Jewel Jamboree is excited to announce that we will be booking bluegrass shows in 2014 in Billings, Montana.  Phyllis & Kimberlee will be in Billings over the weekend and will host a bluegrass jam and potluck.  We’d like to get to know you if you’re a picker or a grinner.

All levels and styles are welcome.  Bluegrass jam etiquette will be in force.  RSVP on facebook event

See you Saturday.

Phyllis & Kimberlee at IBMA 2013
Raleigh, NC welcomed IBMA with open arms