For much of the last 20 years, Big Red Barn has been forging it's unique and infectious blend of rhythm & bluegrass at festivals,
bars, parties and other events throughout the Inland Northwest. This is a head-bobbin', feet-movin',
From the first thrilling, out-of-the-chute notes of their CD Barn Again
you'll see why this isn't your run-of-the-mill bluegrass outfit. The CD includes forgotten nuggets from Jellyroll Morton, Louis
Jordan, and Andy Kirk & His Twelve Clouds of Joy, all done with a healthy dose of backbeat and in-your-face groove, as well
as more familiar tunes like "More Pretty Girls Than One" and Mickey Newbury's "Why You Been Gone So Long" arranged like
you've never heard them before. Northwest Regional Fiddle champion Andrew Wilson guests on the CD.
The band's live performance repertoire includes forgotten blues and jug-band gems from the 30's, 40's and 50's, traditional
folk songs given new life, bluegrass and country standards done with a heavy dose of backbeat, creative arrangements of
instrumental classics drawn from bluegrass, old-time and jazz, and a growing number of solid originals that have become
Ken Glastre: Guitars, Mandola, Vocals
Ken has picked guitars since his days in a surf rock band in
southern California in the early 60's (you do the math). His multifaceted
talents as singer and instrumentalist have been heard at numerous festivals
including Art on the Green, Artfest, Folkfest, and Pinesong, as well as local
Spokane venues that have come and gone over the last 35 years. Ken is highly
skilled with his work on acoustic instruments, and is sought out as one of the
leading soundmen in town. Ken recently released a solo guitar album entitled
"Ten for Ben".
Charley Gurche: Banjo, Dobro, Vocals
Charley has played banjo for 35 years and has performed
at Art on the Green, Artfest, the Seattle Folklife Festival, with the Spokane
Symphony and on KPBX. Charley is a world-class free-lance landscape
), and once accidentally left a banjo on a mountainside where it had been
propping up a tree-limb for "the perfect picture". Charley also plays dobro on
some of the more bluesy numbers.
Patrick Klausen: Bass, Vocals
Patrick has been playing guitar and bass since high school in various folk
and blues combos. In 2000 Patrick produced "Jombo Schlondorf", his own CD
of original tunes. By day he is the Production Director at
Spokane Public Radio
and moonlights as a live sound technician for Ken Glastre's Perfect Wave
Productions sound company assisting with events like the Blue Waters Bluegrass
Festival and Art On The Green.
Kevin Brown: Mandolin, Guitar, Vocals
Kevin holds down the groove for the band with his strong chop and rhythmic mandolin style,
and provides lead vocals on several songs. Kevin is also a critically-acclaimed songwriter, and has released three
solo albums of original songs:
The County Primaries,
The Beloved Country, and
Book of Skies.
An avid roots-music enthusiast,
Kevin hosts the weekly radio show
Front Porch Bluegrass on KPBX, Spokane Public Radio, heard every
Sunday afternoon at 1:00 pm, and serves as the music director for the
Blue Waters Bluegrass Festival.
Click on either of the pictures below to download a hi-res photo of the band.