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  • Bluegrass tunes to consume Gumboro Fire Hall

  • You'll need your stomping shoes for Saturday's concert with The Blades of Grass and the Timmons Family at Gumboro Fire Hall.
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  • You'll need your stomping shoes for Saturday's concert with The Blades of Grass and the Timmons Family at Gumboro Fire Hall.
    In addition to the homebrewed tunes, home cooked food will be for sale, including soft-shelled crab sandwiches, desserts and beverages.
    Meet the gang behind Blades of Grass
    The lively outfit features Jeff Blevins (banjo), Mike Dillard (guitar), Jeff Dillard (bass) and Kevin Nutter (mandolin). Mike and Jeff is a father-and-son tandem.
    Jeff Dillard is actually new to the bluegrass community, although he's been a fan since he was a boy. Mike, however, has been playing bluegrass most of his life. He's been in several outfits, including the Wings of Bluegrass, a group he toured the East Coast with during the '80s. He's also penned several songs for the national band The Bluegrass Brothers.
    Meanwhile, Blevins has also been tinkering with stringed instruments all his life. At the age of 9, he became a part of his father's Bluegrass band, The Corncobs. He took up playing bass not long after, and at first he had to stand on a milk crate to reach the fingerboard. Now he handles banjo duties in the band, stringing listeners along with his skilled and experienced hands.
    Last but not least is Nutter, whose first experience with playing and singing was at an early age when his mother taught him to play organ and sing vocal harmonies, typically on gospel tunes. Raised in a family that adores bluegrass, it was inevitable he'd eventually get his paws on a mandolin.
    IF YOU GO
    WHAT Timmons Family and The Blades of Grass in concert
    WHEN 6 p.m., Saturday, April 20
    WHERE Gumboro Fire Hall, 3730 Millsboro Highway, Millsboro
    COST $15
    INFO gumborovfc.com or call Marie (302) 875-2595 or Stan (302) 519-1157
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