The Dry Branch Fire Squad Are Coming Back!

It’s been a while since we’ve seen (and heard) Boston-area favorites Ron Thomason and company, but they’ll be making an appearance for the Boston Bluegrass Union in Lexington, Saturday, October 25th.  From the BBU:

The Dry Branch Firehouse SquadThe Boston Bluegrass Union


The Dry Branch Fire Squad

With special guests Jim Gaudet and the Railroad Boys

Saturday, October 25, 2014

National Heritage Museum, Lexington, MA

The Boston Bluegrass Union’s 39th concert season kicks off on Saturday, October 25th with a performance by longtime Boston area favorites The Dry Branch Fire Squad, along with Jim Gaudet and the Railroad Boys, at the National Heritage Museum in Lexington, MA.

In thirty-five years of music making, the Dry Branch Fire Squad has become an institution in American acoustic music. Inspired by a fierce and uncompromising loyalty to the most traditional aspects of bluegrass, old time and southern gospel music, Dry Branch Fire Squad is fueled by the musical vision and cultural commentary of Ron Thomason. Unlike most bluegrass groups, Dry Branch Fire Squad sells neither itself, its members, nor even particular bluegrass songs. What it markets are the emotions which stimulated the creation of bluegrass and mountain music as well as a taste of the culture in which this music evolved.

A native of southwest Virginia, Thomason founded the Dry Branch Fire Squad in 1976. To date, the band has recorded over twenty-three projects and performed at the most prestigious acoustic music venues and festivals in North America. Most bluegrass observers agree that Dry Branch’s current line-up is one of its strongest ever: in addition to Ron Thomason on mandolin, guitar and lead vocals; other group members are Brian Aldridge on guitar, mandolin and harmony vocals; Tom Boyd on banjo, Dobro and harmony vocals; and Danny Russell on bass and harmony vocals.

                                Jim Gaudet and the Railroad BoysSongwriter and folk singer turned bluegrasser, Jim Gaudet and his band the Railroad Boys have been burning up the concert and festival scene in and around Albany, New York since 2006, and we’re thrilled to have them open this show. Joining him is Bobby Ristau on bass, Sten Isachsen on mandolin, guitar and dobro, and Mat Kane on fiddle.

Tickets are $25 (BBU Members $23) and can be purchased online at or by mailing a check (payable to the BBU) with self-addressed stamped envelope to Boston Bluegrass Union, PO Box 650061, West Newton, MA 02465. The National Heritage Museum is located at 33 Marrett Rd. (Route 2A), Lexington, MA 02421. If available, Student Rush tickets are $15 each with Student ID at the door beginning the night of the show at 6:30 PM. Doors open at 6:30pm and concert begins at 7:30pm. Directions can be found at or call (781) 861-6559.

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