Join us at the Floyd Country Store on Sunday, August 13, 2023 at 7:30 pm for a live concert with Seldom Scene. Tickets are $38 general admission, $45 reserved seating, available for sale online and in the store.
What does it take for a bluegrass band to remain popular for more than four decades? For The Seldom Scene, it’s taken not only talented musicians, a signature sound, and a solid repertoire, but also a sheer sense of fun. On April 22, the longtime pillars of the bluegrass world returned with the aptly titled ‘Long Time… Seldom Scene,’ via Smithsonian Folkways. The newly recorded collection features fresh interpretations of 16 oft-requested tunes and is the band’s first studio album since the GRAMMY-nominated album Scenechronized in 2007. It’s a family reunion in all the best ways, featuring the current — and longest-running — lineup, joined by founding members Tom Gray and John Starlingand guests Chris Eldridge, Emmylou Harris, and Rickie Simpkins.
The Seldom Scene are Lou Reid (mandolin/vocals), Dudley Connell (guitar/vocals), Ronnie Simpkins (bass/vocals) Fred Travers (dobro/vocals) and Ron Stewart (banjo, fiddle). The last founding member, Ben Eldridge, retired in July of 2016 at a lovely retrospective of his career staged at the band’s home club, The Birchmere, surrounded by family and friends.