& Phoenix Rising
Tell us a little about your current group, list the
members and mention any new or upcoming news.
Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising is currently enjoying
their 5th year together with a full summer of
appearances including the three biggest parties in
the state of Oregon – the Portland Rose Festival,
the Oregon State Fair and four days with 55,000 or
our closest friends at the internationally famous
Comprised of bass player and band leader Kathy Boyd,
mandolin/fiddle/guitar player Tim Crosby,
banjo/Dobra player Tom Tower and guitar/harmonica
player Dennis Nelson (who is the current Roots Music
Association Bluegrass Songwriter of the Year), the
band focuses on two things – crafting songs that
will appeal to a large cross-section of humanity and
providing a highly entertaining stage show that will
keep audiences coming back for more.
Our goal for 2011 is to expand our performance area
and bring our stage show to folks who up to this
point have only had the opportunity to hear our
music on the radio.
What would you like readers to know about your
Our third CD – Walk Humbly – was released on March
17th of this year (and is on the list of
recordings eligible for an IBMA award in 2010!).
The twelve songs on it were all written by various
band members. What makes it an interesting
recording is that each band member comes from a
very different spiritual background. For
instance, Tim’s songs tend to be bible based
stories where-as Dennis tends to write more about
Having a gospel CD has opened us up to being
invited to perform gospel shows and concerts along
our travels, and that is proving to not only be a
lot of fun, but is introducing us to a whole other
listening audience – who may have never
experienced bluegrass before.
We are extremely appreciative of the disc jockeys
and radio stations who choose to share our music
with their listening audience!
You can find all three CD’s at
other music have you been listening to lately?
A friend sent me a copy what may be the only CD
Horace Scruggs ever appeared on. I’ve been having
fun with that and also with singing along to a CD
given to me at a recent concert by a local Americana
band called Hudson Ridge. Because I’ve been doing a
round of internet radio interviews lately I’ve had
the opportunity to listen in on a variety of shows –
which of course host quite a wide variety of
bluegrass music. It’s always fun to see what’s out
there and what it catching people’s attention.
BMP: What would you do if you weren’t a
We come from a variety of backgrounds including
hospice, sales, mechanics, counseling and flying. I
have always held the belief that a being a musician
is not something you do – but rather something that
you are. If you are a musician, the music is going
to find a way to be expressed through you, whether
onstage as a performer, singing in your church
choir, or even by simply being the best shower
singer you can be. If it’s feeds your soul, you are
a musician – no matter what your “day job” is.
BMP: What’s your favorite summer activity?
I am a huge gardening fanatic! Whenever I’m home
I’m out in the yard. I recently built a greenhouse,
which is proving to be a lot of fun and very
satisfying. I’ve got “the gardening bug” so bad
that I have been known to weed the flowerbeds of
folks who have put us up as we travel.
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