Homegrown roots at Unity College Center

Mar 26, 2014
The Coloradas and, right, Kelly Ravin

Unity — The Coloradas will perform with Kelly Ravin Friday, April 4, at 8 p.m. at the Unity College Center for the Performing Arts, 42 Depot St. Tickets are $10 in advance and will be $12 at the door, which opens at 7:30 p.m.

The Coloradas formed when Roy Davis and Bernie Nye, two songwriters with Waldo County roots, and a handful of virtuosic bluegrass musicians set out to create something meaningful in a gone-but-not-forgotten little apartment in Portland. The result was their self-titled debut, a collection of end-of-the-world bluegrass stomps and sad country ballads. Shortly after its release in the United States, Germany-based label Hometown Caravan put it out on vinyl in Europe and sent the band on two European tours. They have been performing, writing and recording ever since.

The band release "Big Empty" in 2013, full of original songs earnestly delivered and re-interpreted as folk music, complete with fingerpicked guitars, clawhammer banjo and soulful mandolin.

Ravin, also a Waldo County native, honed his musical skills after his mother passed down his grandmother's guitar on his ninth birthday. He has been on the road writing, playing, living and collecting stories-turned-songs along the way. Over the course of the years, he has been in numerous bands, most recently hard-driving, Burlington-based country rock group Waylon Speed. His most recent solo release, "Leathered, Weathered, Worn, and Wiser," offers a blend of twang, grit and heartfelt storytelling with songs played in their rawest form, from the overdriven amplification, to the banter in between.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit uccpa.unity.edu or call 948-7469. Built from a 100-year-old barn with attached farmhouse, the UCCPA is a vibrant cultural and arts center that offers an eclectic mix of music, films, art, lectures and other various events.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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