Claremore Daily Progress

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August 19, 2012

They’re a little bit country

Navy Country Band to Perform at Robson PAC

CLAREMORE — The United States Navy Band, Country Current will be sailing into Clarmore next month to perform a free concert at the Robson Performing Arts Center in Claremore, Wednesday, Sept. 5 at 7 pm.  

Country Current is the Navy’s premiere country-bluegrass ensemble.  

Under the direction of Senior Chief Musician Keith Arneson, Country Current is nationally renowned for its versatility and its “eye-popping” musicianship, performing a blend of modern country music and cutting-edge bluegrass.  

This seven member ensemble employs musicians from diverse backgrounds with extensive high-profile recording and touring experience in the music scenes of Nashville Tennessee, New York City, New Orleans and utilizes banjo, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, mandolin fiddle, electric bass, upright bass, dobro, pedal steel guitar and drum set.  

Formed in 1973 by legendary banjoist Bill Emerson, the band has a rich legacy of notable alumni including Wayne Taylor, Jerry Gilmore and Frank Sollivan.  

The group has performed at the Grand Ole Opry, for presidents Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, and overseas in Stockholm, Nova Scotia and Beijing.  

With a fun-filled and family-friendly stage show, Country Current has been delighting its fans for nearly 40 years with their musical virtuosity and humor.  

A staple of the bluegrass scene, Country Current has shared the stage with music luminaries Rhonda Vincent, Dailey and Vincent, Mountain Heart, Little Roy Lewis, Third Time out, The Lonesome River Band, Josh Williams, The Seldom Scene, J.D. Crowe, Doyle Lawson, Ned Luberecki, Chris Jones and many others.    

Country Current routinely performs at bluegrass festivals such as Darrington, Windgap, Gettysburg, Lake Havasu and Grass Valley.  In 2011, Country Current became the first military band to perform at the South by Southwest music festival.  

enior Chief Musician Keith Arneson, a native of Waldorf, Md., joined the Navy Band in 1993.  He is the unit leader of Country Current, the Navy Band’s country/bluegrass ensemble.  He holds an associate’s degree from the College of Southern Maryland and has performed as a member of the Classic Grass, Dixie Rambler and Mountain Laurel bluegrass bands.  In 1985, he was a featured performer with the Mountain Laurel Band on “Nashville Now,” a national television program.

Arneson has been a banjo instructor since 1981, he is in demand as a clinician and has lead advanced banjo workshops throughout the country.  Many of his original songs have been transcribed and published in Banjo Newsletter, an international monthly magazine, and his solo album and many original songs are played regularly on radio stations nationwide.  

Country Current performs regularly for the president, vice-president, the secretary of the Navy, the chief of naval operations, the chairman and vice-chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the master chief petty officer of the Navy and numerous other dignitaries.  Reaching out to communities both locally and nationally, they regularly perform for veterans, elementary schools and in support of our active-duty Sailors.  

Tickets are free and will be distributed starting Tuesday, Aug. 21.  Box office is open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Robson Performing Arts Center.  

There is a limit of six per customer, please call the box office if you need more for a group or you need more information regarding the September 5th concert, call the box office at 918-923-4290.  

You can also mail a self-addressed stamped envelope to Robson PAC, 101 E. Stuart Roosa, Claremore, OK  74017.

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