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For much of the last 20 years, Big Red Barn has been forging it's unique and infectious blend of rhythm & bluegrass at festivals, bars, parties and other events throughout the Inland Northwest. This is a head-bobbin', feet-movin', get-out-of-your-seat-and-dance band!

From the first thrilling, out-of-the-chute notes of their CD Barn Again you'll see why this isn't your run-of-the-mill bluegrass outfit. The CD includes forgotten nuggets from Jellyroll Morton, Louis Jordan, and Andy Kirk & His Twelve Clouds of Joy, all done with a healthy dose of backbeat and in-your-face groove, as well as more familiar tunes like "More Pretty Girls Than One" and Mickey Newbury's "Why You Been Gone So Long" arranged like you've never heard them before. Northwest Regional Fiddle champion Andrew Wilson guests on the CD.

The band's live performance repertoire includes forgotten blues and jug-band gems from the 30's, 40's and 50's, traditional folk songs given new life, bluegrass and country standards done with a heavy dose of backbeat, creative arrangements of instrumental classics drawn from bluegrass, old-time and jazz, and a growing number of solid originals that have become audience favorites.

Ken Glastre:  Guitars, Mandola, Vocals

Ken has picked guitars since his days in a surf rock band in southern California in the early 60's (you do the math). His multifaceted talents as singer and instrumentalist have been heard at numerous festivals including Art on the Green, Artfest, Folkfest, and Pinesong, as well as local Spokane venues that have come and gone over the last 35 years. Ken is highly skilled with his work on acoustic instruments, and is sought out as one of the leading soundmen in town. Ken recently released a solo guitar album entitled "Ten for Ben".

Charley Gurche:  Banjo, Dobro, Vocals

Charley has played banjo for 35 years and has performed at Art on the Green, Artfest, the Seattle Folklife Festival, with the Spokane Symphony and on KPBX. Charley is a world-class free-lance landscape photographer (www.charlesgurche.com ), and once accidentally left a banjo on a mountainside where it had been propping up a tree-limb for "the perfect picture". Charley also plays dobro on some of the more bluesy numbers.

Patrick Klausen:  Bass, Vocals

Patrick has been playing guitar and bass since high school in various folk and blues combos.  In 2000 Patrick produced "Jombo Schlondorf", his own CD of original tunes. By day he is the Production Director at Spokane Public Radio and moonlights as a live sound technician for Ken Glastre's Perfect Wave Productions sound company assisting with events like the Blue Waters Bluegrass Festival and Art On The Green.

Kevin Brown:  Mandolin, Guitar, Vocals

Kevin holds down the groove for the band with his strong chop and rhythmic mandolin style, and provides lead vocals on several songs. Kevin is also a critically-acclaimed songwriter, and has released three solo albums of original songs: The County Primaries, The Beloved Country, and Book of Skies.  An avid roots-music enthusiast, Kevin hosts the weekly radio show Front Porch Bluegrass on KPBX, Spokane Public Radio, heard every Sunday afternoon at 1:00 pm, and serves as the music director for the Blue Waters Bluegrass Festival.

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