It’s time to venture through the cold to a cozy get-together with good music and great people, so the Muddy Mountain Orchestra will play a danceable and eclectic mix of fiddle tunes, old-timey ballads, bluegrass, country, and original music Sat., Feb. 9, 7pm, at Milagros Coffeehouse, on the corner of State Ave. and Main St. in Alamosa, presented by the Alamosa Live Music Association (ALMA).
All are welcome, and no one will be turned away, whether or not they donate, but donations of $7 for the general public, $5 for ALMA members, and $2 for students, seniors, full-time volunteers, military and veterans, are suggested.
The Muddy Mountain Orchestra was born out of late-night jam sessions under the stars on Lama Mountain in N.M., and features some of southern Colorado and northern New Mexico’s finest acoustic musicians. Band members include Kate Mann on vocals, Mark Dudrow on cello and mandolin, Rob Watt on vocals, mandolin, and banjo and Caroline Watt on upright bass.
“I am particularly psyched to play up there this winter,” Jaroso resident Dudrow said. “Unlike many of my friends down south (in N.M.), I know what the winter has been like here in the Valley,” he continued. Dudrow comes from a musical family and has been playing the cello since 1973. In addition to performing regularly as a “High Desert Acoustic Duo,” with Justin Dean, Dudrow also plays with Michael Kott in “CellosTwo,” with Les Noveau Antiquarians (talented songwriter- instrumentalist Chipper Thompson and Taos country music favorite Kim Trieber-Thompson), and has collaborated with artists such as Don Richmond, Bone Orchard, the Unstrung Heroes, Don Conoscenti, Jenny Bird, Chipper Thompson, Mason Brown, Roger Landes, Ed Caner, Alison Kitchen, Radio Free Bassanda, Desert Highway, Kim and the Caballeros and the San Juan Symphony Orchestra.
Mann has recorded four solo CD’s and describes her influences as: singing cowboys, heartache, 80s hair bands, old rock-n-roll, troubadours, bourbon, travelers, and gentle souls. She has shared bills with such notable acts as Todd Snider, Jackie Green, Brett Dennen, and Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band.