Kathy  Boyd


Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising

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June 2008
A rising band will appear for Newberg Old Fashioned Festival
Kathy Boyd and Phoenix Rising will perform their bluegrass music July 27
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Bluegrass band Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising will perform its bluegrass and Americana music July 27 at the Old Fashioned Festival. 

   While the Old-Fashioned Festival celebrates years of tradition, it also provides opportunity to experience new entertainment.
   A local bluegrass group will make an appearance at the Old Fashioned Festival from 2 to 4 p.m. July 27.
   Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising will take the stage to perform "original hard driving bluegrass and Americana music".
   Members of the Portland-based band include Boyd, Tim Crosby, Dennis Nelson and Tom Tower. The group uniquely originated out of a business plan envisioned by Boyd. Although each musician had to audition in order to join the band, the members have developed deep friendships, Boyd said.
   "Along the way, everyone found out that we all actually like each other, which is a very nice benefit," she said.
   As a result of being successfully marketed, Boyd said, the band has grown in popularity at a fast rate. The group specializes in festivals, weddings and other events aiming to provide customers with quality music and customer service.
   The band claims an experienced, yet fresh sound, as its members have performed together in various combinations over the past 30 years. The group has spent the past three years together, writing a mixture of bluegrass, Americana, cowboy, folk and country tunes.
   In early 2007 the band released its first CD, "Burning Down the House," receiving international airplay.
   Last year, the band traveled throughout the West Coast and British Columbia, Canada, and continues a more extensive touring season this year, including its stop in Newberg.
   "Our goal is to take the music to wherever people want to hear us," Boyd said. "I love the interaction and response from the crowd. I enjoy meeting new people and hearing their stories."
   Boyd provides the bass beat to Phoenix Rising. She has performed as a member of Something Blue ..., No Strings Attached, Knock 'Em Stiff, The Pickups, The Oops Band, City Council and throughout the western United States and Canada with various musicians both on stage and in the recording studio.
   Crosby, the group's fiddle and mandolin player, has performed with Briarose for more than 30 years, The Flying O'Carolan Brothers, LuckPenny and throughout the United States with a number of musicians both live and in the recording studio. Crosby has shared the stage with Bill Monroe, David Grisman, Don Edwards, Baxter Black, and Riders in the Sky.
   Tower plays both the banjo and Dobro for Phoenix Rising. He performed as a member of Briarose for more than 30 years, No Strings Attached, Knock 'Em Stiff, The Pickups, and The Sussefusse International Dance Orchestra. Tower has performed throughout the world with various musicians both on stage and in the recording studio.
   Singing tenor is Nelson, playing lead and rhythm guitar. A previous resident of Newberg, Nelson has performed as a member of several bands during his travels through Wisconsin, Oregon and Alaska.
   All band members are songwriters, and nearly all of the material they perform is original.
   For booking information, call Kathy Boyd at 503-691-1177 or e-mail her at kathyboyd@ phoenixrisingband.org, or visit their Web site at www.phoenixrisingband.org. Their Myspace page is www.myspace.com/kathyboydphoenixrising.
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