Friday, October 11, 2019
Truman's Ridge is a regional band, playing festivals and venues in Minnesota, Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Iowa, Tennessee, Kentucky and Missouri and feature Mark Fowler (mandolin and harmony vocals), Bruce Wallace (5-string banjo, harmonica and harmony vocals), Chris Johnson (upright bass and harmony vocals), and Steve Sarver (6-string guitar and lead vocals.
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.