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        Photos and Fun Stuff 2011
                                       (life on the road with the band)


December 28, 2011

There may be many answers to how a grateful nation honors veterans. We had a chance to honor Battle of the Bulge veteran and Legion of Merit recipient, Art Parrott, with a bluegrass concert at a Christmas party hosted by his gracious son Bruce. There were high spirits, a splendid table of cheeses, éclairs, and Bruce’s specialty of the house, home cured gravlax (salmon, fresh dill, salt & sugar) to feed and fuel our gift of songs for the season to honor, respect, and show our affection for this remarkable, self-effacing man and ‘service beyond the call of duty’ that he performed in harm’s way. Thanks, Art, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! We are a better world for you being here.
                                     What a treat to get to perform for and share the holiday with decorated WWII veteran Art and his son Bruce



December 28, 2011

Millions of Twinkling Lights! Thousands of flickering candles! Carolers! Mighty Celestial Pipe Organ intoning the music of the spheres! And, yes, Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising returning to The Grotto’s Chapel of Mary. There is no venue we have played that is even in the same ballpark of ‘live’ as the chapel. Its marble walls reinforce a resonance like having your favorite 200 hundred people sing in the shower with you. And our audience was wonderful, attentive listeners and singers. Tim pointed out that we were singing in the fourth day of Christmas and Kathy debuted our new song: I’ll Be Home For Christmas (In The State Of Oregon). She even mentions Tom’s old home town of ‘Aumsville’. What can you say on sacred ground at a sacred time but: “Bluegrass Christmas, may your life be blessed. Bluegrass Christmas, joy to all the rest. Bluegrass Christmas, high lonesome harmony. Bluegrass Christmas, bluegrass family!”
We once again had Denise as our wonderful                  The Grotto's Chapel of Mary is such a beautiful and sacred place to perform.  We are honored to have been invited to perform TWICE now!




November 19, 2011

Mason Smith has built up a treasure of memories for musicians, audiences, and bluegrass family with the Eastside Bluegrass Series. It has everything a person could want. Great sight lines, Excellent sound thanks to Ground Zero's Mark Gensman, bargain priced coffee, soda, hot dogs & popcorn. And most importantly an audience that listens with delight, humor, and enthusiasm. And, who returns monthly for the next great show. It's like musician's heaven. We arrived in time to set up sound and get to jam, too. There were two OME banjos pickin' - Tom's Monarch and a beautiful Odyssey. So many smiles around the circle for Cripple Creek, Foggy Mountain Breakdown, and Russ Baker's haunting Long Black Veil. Old Circle started the show with Clyde Clevenger and company working a single microphone with daring choreography and deja vu authenticity. The 'tweeners were the Sagebrush Duo who graciously filled in a cancellation with little notice and a soaring grace in their heartfelt sound of guitar, fiddle, and voice. When we took the stage to close, Kathy was thoroughly revved by the inspiration of the evening, her pirate pixie boots, and a double peach Italian soda. We charged in with Tim's new tragic ballad of the cost of poor judgment - Billy In The Low Ground and played a hot rootin' tootin' set that seemed like it was over in seconds. The audience joined in for a spirited holiday sing-a-long with Bluegrass Christmas (We are Bluegrass family!) and Big River (Cry! Cry! Cry!) We were held on the stage for an encore and fired up Burnin' Down The House. So much fun meeting and reminiscing with old friends and new friends after the show. And then the magic goes back into the road cases till our next chance to play. Thank you all for making this joy come true, and in gratitude, Happy Thanksgiving!

     It was fun to get to jam before the show               Great stage + outstanding audience = FUN!               The traditional sound of "Old Circle" inspired us to do a rock-the-house set!



November 12, 2011

Oh what a marvelous time we had at Kenyon Hall in Seattle, Washington!  This historic building is hosted by the wonderful Lou Magor - who plays their amazing pipe organ during intermission while the audience enjoys huge (and delicious) root beer floats.  We got a kick out of the audience members who had already downloaded the Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising ap (you can get it by clicking on the Driod or iPhone buttons on the right hand side of the page at http://www.reverbnation.com/kbpr ) - and handed out quite a few free download cards for our 2011 Christmas release "One Special Night".  This was a group that loved to sing along, especially to upbeat tunes such as "Bluegrass Christmas" and Johnny Cash's "Big River".  They hooted and hollered and laughed - in ALL the right places.  What an audience!  After the show we journeyed to the home of Kathy's childhood friend (and 2009 World Piping Champ) Tyrone Heade.  Tyrone and his wife Rachael turned out to be marvelous and classy hosts.  We had so much fun it was almost impossible to tear ourselves away on Sunday and head back down the road.  This was our last road trip of 2011 and oh what a way to wrap up the miles traveled during this amazing year!


     What a charming, warm and welcoming place to perform!            Lou Magor opened our 2nd set with a pipe organ version of "Amazing        Tom communing with

                                                                                                Grace" that morphed into "Faith, Hope,  Bluegrass Music".  Fun!            Christmas Cactus at

                                                                                                                                                                                                  the home of hosts

                                                                                                                                                                                               Tyrone & Rachael Heade                                                 



October 8, 2011

It's always a delight to return to the Emerald Valley Opry.  The folks who produce this monthly show have become family to us, and we ALWAYS love the opportunity to get together with such a wide variety of fellow entertainers.  This months event hosted everything from the cowboy music of Keeter Stuart to the Celtic and Americana music of The McG's to Elvis!  (Yes, we can now say that Elvis opened for us. . . . although it was actually the wonderful David Lomond channeling his Hawaiian Elvis for the audience).  The crowd is always enthusiastic and generous with their praise.  We debuted our 2011 Christmas song for them and they LOVED it!  Sean and Hannah McGowan (The McG's) graciously asked us to perform a couple of songs with them during their set.  Too much fun!!  We're already looking forward to our 2012 trip to The Emerald Valley Opry! 


     With the delightful                Hangin' loose with Elvis!  (David Lomond)         The EVO is such a wonderful place to                           Rockin' the house with The McG's!

      Hannah McGowan                                                                                                     perform!



October 1, 2011

The Bluegrass, Bowties and Radicle Foods Festival was an absolutely delightful Saturday for us and families and new friends and old friends. Held on a historic farm just opposite Champoeg Park (which was actually once part of the Zorn Farm) this party is one to keep on the calendar for years to come.   While the adults enjoyed the music and shopping for organic produce, the children played the day away sliding down hay bales, feeding little squealing piglets, loving being lost in the hay maze, and feasting on the best roast corn, sausages and organic goodies you'll ever find - - anywhere! We were especially delighted to get to see a long time buddy of Tom and Tim now playing banjo and Dobro with Big Pine and the Pitchtones. How long a time you might ask? Pat Erwert played with Tom and Tim in the folk band Briarose from 1979 to 1984.  The drizzle was kind enough to hold off for most of the day so as not to muddy Kathy's country elegant black and turquoise attire.  After our time on stage Kathy and Tom went shopping and took home bags of fresh produce to enjoy with their families.  We would really love to see this become an annual event - it's a great little festival with something for everyone!


Tom and Tim enjoy a reunion with former bandmate Pat Erwert          Harvest festivals are always so fun to perform at.  Everyone has such a good time!   Soundman Mark Gensman and his brother lower the sound tent to keep

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    out the drizzle.



September 23 - 25, 2011

We always go to the Tygh Valley Bluegrass Festival, but this year it was so completely over-the-top PERFECT that we were proud to be a part of it!  Our Friday cafe set was filled to capacity, and what joy to see so many people singing along to our original tunes!  Saturday we taught workshops, led the band scramble and slow jam, and had the opportunity to listen to some outstanding music being performed onstage.  The jams in our camp on both Friday and Saturday were both fun and heartwarming as people shared their stories and favorite tunes.  The Saturday BBQ dinner was - as always - a great time to visit with people while waiting in line (and the line was longer this year than it's ever been!).  We had a great time catching up with the guys from "Fadin' By 9" while waiting for dinner and then getting to share our meal at the same table as Al and Deb Brinkerhoff from "Sequoia".  Sunday is always free at this festival and the morning was a delight of a variety of open mic acts sharing their faith and gospel music.  The host band for Sunday continues to be our friends from Mud Springs Gospel Band, and what a delight it was to get them up with us for the finale of the festival - which included an outstanding bass break from the gentle giant Don Mobley on Kathy's little tiny Eminence Bass!  This festival is the perfect last blast of the summer festival season. . . . and we've been asked to return in 2012!


As soon as people heard that our special guest would be           What a wonderful turn out for our slow jam!  People had so much fun it kept           Sunday gospel set      There has to be either a joke (or a song) in the fact that these

Mr. Mark Gensman on SAXOPHONE they started reserving                                    going long after the class ended                                                                               two lovely ladies from Sweden caught a ride home with the

           their seats for the Friday cafe show.                                                                                                                                                                                                                   the BANJO PLAYER!!




September 16 - 17, 2011

What a wonderful adventure we had at the George Bluegrass Festival (located - REALLY! - in George, Washington).  This well attended event is directly on the snowbird route and it was such a treat to get to see so many of our bluegrass friends as they head to Arizona for the Winter.  Our deluxe accommodations ended up being in the Mayor's lovely home - directly across the street from the action.  The weather wasn't cooperating, so everything got moved inside to the George Community Hall - much to the delight of the musicians as it is such an intimate venue. . . . and warm, dry fans are always happy fans!  On Friday night we rocked the house with the boys from Northern Departure.  Saturday found us teaching workshops and hosting an impromptu slow jam prior to the evening shows.  Did we mention the amazing breakfasts we were served each day?  The out-of-this-world lunch a group of RV'ers treated us to in exchange for helping them feel more comfortable on their instruments?  How fun it was to see the modern day version of "circle the wagons" with all the RV's completely surrounding the park?  This festival is small town hospitality at it's finest and we couldn't recommend it more highly as a late summer destination.  In fact, we had so much fun that we'll be going back to George, Washington TWICE in 2012!


          Dennis and Tom at the harmonica workshop                 Teaching the Nashville numbering system to the slow jammers     The entire festival was truly a lovefest between the artists         Tim was so excited to win a

                                                                                                                                                                                                            and the audience members!                                bag of dried beans in the raffle!




September 3, 2011

It was a beautiful day for a wedding, especially at a location as gorgeous at Pomeroy Farm in Yacolt, Washington.  Gabe and Marcia and their wonderful family and friends truly knew how to celebrate and enjoy the day.  It started with a ceremony under an old growth maple tree, morphed into an hour or so of games (like ultimate Frisbee!), then into a vegetarian feast with rows upon rows of friendly people sitting at picnic benches and getting to renew acquaintances or make new friends. . . . . and it was all followed up by a selection of homemade pies baked by the grooms mother (yes, we sang "Rhubarb Pie" just for her) and enjoyed while a variety of friends and family members made touching and sometimes hysterical speeches about the happy couple.  Smack dab in the middle of all this they set up the band.  We played.  They danced and sang along.  Upon request of the bride and groom we had worked up a few new tunes and they went over so well we're thinking we just might have to add them to our regular set lists! 


      With the delightful bride and groom.                           It was the perfect setting for acoustic music.  Just check out that backdrop!                              What a spectacular location to begin your life together!




August 27, 2011

Our stay in Coos Bay, Oregon began with a late night arrival at the amazingly beautiful historic home of Carter and Vickie Clark.  It was originally a boarding house, and it had the most interesting hallways, nooks and crannies to explore!  After a delicious breakfast presented by our hosts, we were off to Mingus Park for the annual Star of Hope Bluegrass Bash.  We had no idea what a heartwarming day it would be!  We were sandwiched between performances by local heroes The Young Buc's and Hudson Ridge.  The incredibly enthusiastic audience gave generously to the Star of Hope fundraising efforts and really showed us the best in small town civic involvement.  Before the finale where all the bands got on stage together, the Star of Hope Singers came up and led the audience in a beautiful tune that had everyone in the audience singing along with tears in their eyes.  It was such an honor to be a part of this event. 

     The lovely historic home of Carter and Vickie  Clark            A beautiful day and beautiful place to play         Our hosts enjoyed hearing us once we      The Star of Hope Singers        The Grand Finale included the usual controlled chaos and fun

                                                                                                                                                                              were actually awake!




August 26, 2011

Our Friday adventure began with it taking THREE smart phones and a Tom-Tom to find a music store in Roseburg, Oregon (Tim needed some quick repairs to his guitar after a windy accident the night before).  After that it was a walk across the parking lot to Red Robin for their famous strawberry lemonade, then on to My Coffee & Wine Experience where Shasta Ray Promotions hosted us for an evening concert.  What an amazing place!  It didn't take long to realize that the wonderful clientele were merely a reflection of the personality of owner Debi.  Among the listeners was dear, sweet Anna - 91 years old and there dancing her stockings off for the entire 3-hour show!  By the third set we realized that this group was really into our stories - so stories of our adventures was exactly what they got!  It was hugs all around as people left for the evening.  We were definitely feeling like family.  Check this venue out if you're ever in Roseburg, Oregon on a Friday night.  You will not be disappointed!


Killing time at the local     At 91 Anna is delightful and inspirational!       We're in lights!         This is a lovely venue with a generous and enthusiastic crowd

       music store




August 25, 2011

It's one of our favorite places to perform, and what a thrill to have been chosen as the finale band in the 25th Anniversary Season of the Myrtle Creek Summer Concerts in the Park!  This year they moved the stage closer to the audience, which gave us not only a wonderful interaction with the crowd, but also set the band up to echo off the mountain directly across from the stage.  We had great fun with the echo, and boy-oh-boy did it make those harmonies sound full!  Our friend Liz came down from Roseburg to man the Oregon Bluegrass Association booth, and those who signed up received a free 3 song CD from the band.  After the show we were treated to a full-on Italian feast at Ignoffo's Italian Bistro - followed by the honor of being the first guests of the historic Myrtle Creek Inn (located above the Bistro).  Charming rooms, warm and friendly staff/owners, and a relaxing morning after a good night's sleep.  Priceless!


     Liz Crain came out to man the OBA table                Moving the stage closer to the audience was brilliant!                Look who we found in the guest room of                  Writing songs in OlaBelle the Wonder

                                                                                                                                                                                        The Myrtle Creek Inn!                                        Bus to kill time on the road. . . .



August 17-18, 2011

What a time we had at the Clackamas County Fair!  The event take place on a beautiful piece of property and is run by the most amazing group - it truly does take a village to produce a good county fair!  It was such a joy to have the opportunity to chat with folks like Fred and Barb - who came all the way from Rockaway (on the Oregon coast) to sit in the front row and sing along to our original tunes.  Our schedule allowed us time to have some amazing conversations with folks like Glen - the most joyful veteran (we're pretty sure) - and with many of the vendors that we have gotten to know throughout our travels.  The highlight of our performance time was the final two songs of our last show, when we got the fabulous Brady Goss up on stage with us to add his awesome keyboard abilities to a couple of tunes.  Too much fun!


        A moment of fun on the mail stage                       Hope is our littlest and most        These guys didn't get enough of us on stage so we             Rockin' the house with Brady Goss!

                                                                                                                              gave them a short impromptu acoustic concert



July 31, 2011

Every year that we return to the Newberg Old Fashion Festival there's something new and exciting added to the festivities.  This year it was a lovely covered area providing shade to the audience - which brought them all about 50 feet closer to the stage!  This is the event where we get to show off our gospel numbers - and we are always rewarded with the stories people tell us about how those songs touched their hearts (and sometimes people wonder how we knew about their particular tragedy and wrote a song about it!).  The boys from Aloha Sound once again did a spectacular job.  Although it was pretty hot outside, the audience showed their enthusiasm by clapping and singing along - and absolutely roaring when we mentioned a return engagement in 2012!  THANK YOU Newberg, Oregon.  You are always so good to us!


     Look at all those sponsors!  Go Newberg!       There's nothing like outdoor music on a summer Sunday        We had a wonderful time!                     Family events are

                                                                                                                                                                                                         always our favorites!              


July 28, 2011

1100 enthusiastic fans, a perfect summer evening, vendors enough to feed an army, and an outdoor amphitheater that is simply perfect made for an evening of music we'll never forget!  This was our second year at the Oregon City Summer Concert Series, and once again it turned out to be an evening of fun and fellowship that can only be captured when you combine small town atmosphere with a high energy evening of acoustic music.  We enjoyed having the opportunity to meet with old friends and make several new ones.  IntSTAT  was once again our sponsor - thank you so much! 

                Having fun with the crowd                        The park was filling to capacity - much to the delight of our sponsor!             What a wonderful "artsy" picture                           Carnegie Park is one of the best summer music venues around




July 9 - 10, 2011

The Americana Music Festival in Virginia City, Nevada is a huge volunteer undertaking where the entire town turns into a music festival for one weekend each year.  You can hear a different genre of American based music everywhere you turn, and sometimes those different flavors come together and something entirely new comes out of it!  We were the host band for the Saturday afternoon jam at The Red Dog Saloon.  The players were so advanced that our job was pretty much just to keep things rolling.  We ended up with quite an audience, the perfect revolving number of musicians, and one heck of a good time (with mascot Ruby - the red dog - sleeping happily in the middle of it all).  Our set inside The Red Dog Saloon followed an outstanding jug band who had the audience in a mood to party!  Our adventures then took us to two performances on the Silverland outdoor stage where we had the opportunity to hear more of the bands. . . . right outside our hotel rooms.  The schedule allowed plenty of time for exploring the town, sampling the local dining options, and a good ghost hunt or two.  This is a wonderful festival that we highly recommend putting on your calendar for 2012!

We met so many great musicians hosting the     Performing on the Silverland outdoor stage          Volunteers in golf carts got us to where we needed to be     You can't go to Nevada and not get your picture taken

          jam at The Red Dog Saloon                                                                                                 (this is Kathy's favorite photo from the entire trip!)                       under the Reno arch (we're bottom left)



July 8, 2011

Imagine our delight and surprise when we pulled into Sparks, Nevada and discovered that we would be performing just off the Victorian Square Promenade at a lovely outdoor concert area just outside the Great Basin Brewing Company.  It was a beautiful evening for a concert, and the crowd was most appreciative as they enjoyed their dinner, drinks, and/or a walk along the promenade (we loved the fact that we were a cheap date for the area's 15 year old lovebirds).  VistaCare Hospice of Reno showed up to cheer us on, as did a couple of Kathy's high school friends who have moved to the area.  As the venue was in the public area outside the pub, there were quite a few children and four-legged friends in attendance.  There is nothing more entertaining than the way bluegrass makes little kids run in circles!  We were spoiled rotten with outstanding food from Great Basin, and our drink glasses were never empty thanks to waitress extraordinaire Molly.  All-in-all, a wonderful way to kick off our time in the state of Nevada!


  Pre-concert dinner was DELICIOUS - and A LOT of food!              The band fell in love with         Tom and Kathy and their friends from VistaCare Hospice          It was a perfect venue for acoustic music!



July 4, 2011

In honor of a song we recorded winning the 2010 International City Love Music contest and making Kathy's hometown of Clatskanie, Oregon the OFFICIAL "Most Loved City in the Universe" the town decided to theme their 4th of July celebration around "Twelve More Miles to Clatskanie".  The day began with a parade where all the floats were based on the theme of some variation of it (our favorite - "12 More PILES to Clatskanie" on the pooper scooper wagon).  We served as Grand Marshall's and were absolutely blown away by the folks yelling "Thank You!" for putting their town on the map as we passed by.  As we were at the front of the procession, it was fun/amazing/humbling to be able to see the rest of the parade as it pulled into the city park.  People really went all out in our honor!  After greeting friends in the park for a bit, we headed for the Great Zen Vow Monastery where we were treated to a tour by Roshi Chozen herself.  It was really interesting as the monastery was originally Kathy's grade school - so there was a lot of history to go along with what things were being used for now.  With just a few hours to kill - we were next treated to a farm style BBQ at Kathy's childhood home.  THANK YOU Shannon and Brad!  We then headed back to town for a concert preceding the fireworks.  The crowd was amazing!  Many of Kathy's childhood friends and teachers were there, along with our friends from the monastery - who presented the entire band with rhubarb pies when Kathy sang that song!  What a day - what a memory - what full hearts we pulled out of town with.  THANK YOU to everyone who helped to make this such an extraordinary day!


       Hey!  That's us!                Our float hosts Phil and Frieda made sure we had a smooth ride                  Clowning around before the parade                     Kathy with the 2011 Heritage Days Junior Court


                        With Roshi Chozen at the monastery                        What a fun show!                              Kathy had an impromptu class reunion                 The finale of an absolutely amazing day



July 2-3, 2011

Although some transmission problems with OlaBelle the Wonder Bus had us stopping people in the streets of Condon, OR to ask if they had any transmission fluid we could buy, once we arrived in the lovely town of Fossil, OR all our worries slipped away and we immediately began to enjoy the slower pace of small town life.  The entire town turns into festival grounds for The Wheeler County Bluegrass Festival, with the main event happening on the Courthouse lawn, camping at breakfast at the Fairgrounds, workshops and housing in various buildings around town, and streets transformed into walkways and spaces for fun festival "extras" such as a classic car show.  We taught the harmony workshop on Saturday to a wonderful group of creative students - who wrote 4 extra verses to the song we were soon to perform on stage with all the other workshop participants from the morning.  It was one ROUSING rendition of "Walkin' In My Sleep" - and the reaction from the audience was just as fun as the performance!  We performed a gospel set on Sunday morning to a full, interactive and appreciative audience.  This is not only a fun festival to attend, but the artists are treated so incredibly well - we do hope to return one day! 

      Teaching our harmony workshop was a ton of fun!                                       Our gospel set on  Sunday was warmly received and we had a wonderful time                  With friends Mason Smith and Danny

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Lee Allison



June 25, 2011

We shaved 10 minutes off our time returning to the Goldendale Fiddlin' Under the Stars Festival from Cascade Locks. . . . or maybe it was just that Tom didn't miss the exit this time.  We arrived back in time to get to see our friends from Fiddlegrass on stage and admire their stage attire.  Before we knew it, it was our turn to be back on stage for our EIGHTH SET in two days.  Whew!  The crowd was in the mood to sing along and toes were tapping throughout the park.  We especially enjoyed the group of young men sitting with their instruments stage left - they made it easy to keep smiling throughout our set!  For the second night in a row we were followed by the Oly Mountain Boys.  This time they performed an all-original set, which we enjoyed as we did some wine tasting at the Columbia River Winery tent.  The guys headed for home and Kathy spent the rest of Saturday evening and Sunday catching up with bluegrass friends and family.  What a wonderful way to kick off our three week tour!

            It was a beautiful evening for performing and we had a wonderful time - especially when the audience sang along to our original tunes!                     With our friend Jarod Swearington after the show



June 25, 2011

We tried to beat the forty minute local speed record from Goldendale to Cascade Locks for the Sternwheeler Festival. We didn’t break the record or even come close, and don’t intend to compete, thinking its either an urban legend or somebody really did put a rocket assist on their Impala on their way out of the gene pool.  We arrived before the one street in town got blocked off for the parade, and met our wonderful soundman Asher waiting for us by the stage in beautiful Marine Park.  We spent the day performing, greeting old friends, making new ones, and generally having an amazing time.  This is the 3rd year the Columbia Gorge Lions Club has asked us to take part in this event, and it remains one of our favorite places to perform.  We are ALWAYS amazed at how many of our friends and fans show up for this event!  It was also an AARL (ham radio operator) field day.  Tom had a whale of a time setting up his display on the side of the stage and spending all our breaks explaining to people the joys of ham radio.  We all decided Tom was too polite as he could never seem to get a word in edgewise to get his call sign (KF7NUS) registered by others for the contest.  In the middle of all this fun we made sure that everyone knew we were celebrating healthy kids by making sure all the younger set left the stage area with a bag of Popchips!

Tim and soundman Asher attempting to wake up        It was a beautiful day in the Columbia Gorge for playing music!       Tom explains ham radio operating during a break          The Columbia Gorge Lions Club

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            members are wonderfully supportive



June 24, 2011

We were invited to return to the Goldendale Fiddlin' Under the Stars Bluegrass Festival (we performed at the very first one), and found it to be the same adorable town with the same wonderful residents that we remembered.  The Goldendale Chamber of Commerce has now taken over the festival, and the various business owners from the area continue to sponsor the bands.  Jim Allyn of Allyn's Building Center was once again our sponsor - and although we didn't have the opportunity to cross paths with him we appreciate it very much!  The vendors were placed between the stage and the camping area, which was BRILLIANT.  Everyone had to walk through the vendors to get from one place to the other, and the booths also blocked the stage sound from the jamming area.  We particularly enjoyed reconnecting with Hardshell Harmony, the Bluegrass Regulators and the Oly Mountain Boys on Friday.  It was also an enormous pleasure to get to see many of our festival friends (you know, the ones you only see during festival season) for the first time this year. 


      The Ekone Park gazebo makes a lovely stage                  Attempting to look glamorous in the wind with friends      These kids did authentic Indian dances during the dinner hour    Check out that Romanian

                                                                                                               Shari and Miss Vicki                                                                                                                                   trumpet fiddle!



May 20, 2011

It was a concert pulled together on extremely short notice, but how could we pass up another opportunity to share the stage with our friend Brian Oberlin?  The Friends of the Grand Theater found themselves in need of a show, and what a show they received!  Brian wowed the audience with his solo mandolin act.  Only Brian could make tuning on stage so entertaining!  We followed with a set featuring some of our favorites from years gone by mixed in with a selection of our "new favorites".  As before, Brian joined us for a three song finale that had the musicians grinning from ear-to-ear while the audience cheered us on.  After the show we headed over the the Crosby household to be treated to steaming bowls of homemade chicken soup and conversation.  Special thanks to Cindy Crosby and Mark Gensman for the pictures!


  Jamming in the green room was a definite highlight!          Tim and Brian sharing mandolin stories      We always have such a good time with Brian.  Here's hoping

                                                                                                                                                   we can pull another show together . . . soon!



May 7, 2011

It was quite the cast of characters that gathered at the Scottish Rite Center in Salem, Oregon for a concert benefitting Habitat for Humanity.  There was our own unique brand of original roots bluegrass, the smokey jazz of "Faerabella", the wonderful country baritone of Ken Cartwright (with a touch of traditional bluegrass when Jan Cartwright sang a couple of duets with him), and the wild and crazy fun of the Talent in the Getto Band.  The crowd hooted and hollered and generally seemed to be having at least as much fun as the musicians involved.  Talent in the Getto producer Gae Nichols put the show together and a good showing of Habitat folk came out to support her efforts, including Oregon Habitat Executive Director Marybeth Beall.  We had a wonderful time helping with this fund-raising effort and using it as a kick-off to our 6th year together as Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising!

                                                                     It was a fun night of friends old and new, great music and a whole lot of fun for everyone involved!



April 2, 2011

Wonderfully venue, beautiful weather, standing room only sold-out house, enthusiastic audience, piles of Kathy's homemade cookies and the opportunity to share the stage with our mandolin playing friend Brian Oberlin.  Can it get any better than that?  Our annual Hometown Tualatin show stepped up several notches this year as every newspaper in town decided to publish articles about us, and Brian had a fabulous front page article about his mandolin orchestra in the Oregonian the day of the event.  From the very first note to the last it was a night of fun for everyone involved.  Just to put things completely over the top, Brian became an honorary member of Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising for several songs at the end of the show - which of course tore the roof right off the place!  The entire event was filmed for a local show called "Music Matters" that should be on the air in a few months.  All-in-all. . . . . a night never to be forgotten! (Thank you to the Sheese family for the photo's!)


     Brian Oberlin opened the show with an outstanding solo set - followed by a high energy set by KBPR - and THEN we all got on stage and brought the house to it's feet!  What a FUN night!



March 4, 2011

What incredible fun to be able to perform our award winning song "Twelve More Miles to Clatskanie" - for the citizens of that very town!  We partnered with the Clatskanie Arts Commission and combined our concert with their fund-raising efforts towards the restoration of the historic IOOF Hall Theater.  The concert was held at the Donovan Wooley Performing Arts Center, which is located in Kathy's old high school.  The venue is wonderful, the crowd was enthusiastic (according to one lady, the crowd absolutely ROARED when they got to hear "their" song), and we actually greeted people for an entire hour after the performance!  The fundraising efforts raised around $2500 towards the restoration efforts.  Big announcement of the evening?  The annual Heritage Days Celebration for 2011 will have the theme of "Twelve More Miles to Clatskanie" and the members of Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising will be the Grand Marshall's!!  (We'll also be performing in the City Park prior to the fireworks that evening). 


It was an amazing day of catching up with friends, raising money for a good cause, the opportunity to perform in an outstanding venue, and a chance for Kathy to show off her hometown.



March 4, 2011

What a treat to have the opportunity to meet with the Clatskanie Elementary School Band prior to our evening performance.  We decided to let the kids write a song, and discovered that this is one VERY creative group!  They decided to write a song that both honored their teacher (Mr. Bob Emminger) and showed that Clatskanie is such a great place to live that they can't imagine why anyone would ever want to leave.  Everyone received a card to give their parent's specifically inviting them to the evening show where they got on stage with us and performed the song for a very appreciative crowd.  The local newspaper even printed the words in their next edition!  "Mr. Emminger's Yard" turned out to be such a great tune that every band member still finds themselves walking around singing it! 

               "In Mr. Emmingers' yard - flamingos and garden gnomes

                Laughing cheering dancing - Clatskanie my home

                You may ask us why - we would every want to roam

                Explore big dreams - in Clatskanie my home"

     We had so much fun teaching a songwriting workshop for the Elementary school band members.  There were energetic, creative and wrote a great tune!



March 4, 2011

Our day in Clatskanie, Oregon started with a visit to The Flippen Castle, which these days hosts the local Senior Center in the basement (dungeon?).  We were fed a HUGE and delicious lunch prior to performing an acoustic set for the lunch crowd.  It was fun to stretch our stories out a bit and answer questions in the middle of the set (such as "Did you REALLY put stovepipe on your legs to hunt rattlesnakes?").  This is where we met our photographer for the day, Ernie Carmen.  What a sweet and fun guy!  After our set we were treated to enormous slices of chocolate cake and stories of Kathy's grandmother - who was part of the quilting club that met at the castle each week many years ago.  Senior Center Director Bess Savage was the perfect hostess, and her invitation to visit ended up being a perfect and welcoming beginning to our day in town!


  It was fun to play an acoustic set for the guest of the Senior Center and literally sing for our supper!         Kathy had fun visiting with folks who know her     Kathy actually grew up running around The

                                                                                                                                                                                      family                                       Castle when it was privately owned


March 1, 2011

To our delight and surprise, we were chosen as a showcase band for the 2011 Oregon Festival and Events Conference in Bend, Oregon. Our set was during the awards luncheon preceding keynote speaker Jonathan Nicholas. We definitely caught everyone's attention with our high-energy six song set -   from the first notes of Tom and Kathy's duet "Am I A Fool For Your Love?" right on through Dennis's ode to cherished bluegrass tradition "The Grass Is Always Greener When Its Blue".   It was yet another great day of greeting friends and meeting new promoters and producers from throughout the state.  Best of all - a brand new partnership with McG Entertainment!  This event was definitely worth the drive through the worst weather of the season.  See you next year when the OFEA Convention is held in Eugene, Oregon!


  Festival producer Scott Ingalls interviews                           Warming up backstage                          It was a wonderful stage and a fabulous audience!            As always = TOO MUCH FUN!!

            Kathy prior to the show



February 28. 2011

Turned out to be a good thing Kathy headed over the Cascade Mountains a few days early as Winter finally decided to hit Oregon about halfway through the Oregon Festivals and Events Association Annual Convention.  While Kathy was warm and safe playing "booth bunny" at the convention, the Phoenix Rising troopers raced into the teeth of a storm to rendezvous in Bend for a house concert at the home of our official fan club president 'Captain Bill'.  What should have been a 3 hour drive ended up taking 5 1/2 hours and included chains, sliding semi's and all sorts of other adventures. Tim, Tom and Dennis literally launched out of the van and into our show with extra spirit and gratitude to be safe and playing music together once again. Captain Bill introduced us with the story of meeting Tom in 1975 at his Ol' Tyme Photo Booth. Unbelievably, the audience stayed until almost midnight on a Monday evening!  We'd like to think that's a pretty good sign that they had just as much fun as we did.

  Kathy and friend Carrie Cunningham during the OFEA                     Performing at an acoustic house concert is always so laid back and intimate.  Thank you Bill and Cathy for hosting us!    

                             Vendor Fair     



January 29, 2011

The annual Sonny Hammond OBA Gospel Show was rich in that joyful noise, friendships renewed, Fern's cookies, and the feeling of spirit that makes bluegrass gospel so addictive. Jericho Road opened the show with a dynamite set. Tom was happy to meet Robin Stutzman again and hear the heavenly sound of his legendary Baldwin ODE model 'D' banjo. Martin Stevens and Molly Adkins played the tweener spot with elegance and heart. Anybody looking for secular bluegrass would have had to look far away from this church in the wildwood. From our starting song "Faith, Hope, Bluegrass Music" to the big finale of "Will The Circle Be Unbroken/Amazing Grace" you could feel the heartbeat of the bluegrass family. Kathy was an angel in her divine blue dress - and having just been released from a day in the emergency room - doubtlessly felt light on her feet knowing that Heaven could wait. We all felt the blessing of "One (more) Last Breath" keeping us on the planet for this very special show. Our emcee for the evening, Mason Smith was called upon to sing an encore demanded by an audience still wanting more. He sang the haunting elegy "The Rocket" with heart and soul, backed up by the evenings performers and Dennis's soaring harmonies. Congratulations to the Oregon Bluegrass Association for yet another hugely successful annual event!

     The Oregon Bluegrass Association presented a wonderful concert in an outstanding venue.  We were honored to be a part of it!



January 7 -  8, 2011

2010 is one for the books now and forty-nine concerts are in our memories.  We hit the new year sprinting at the Oregon Fair Association Conference and hosted a hospitality suite. Wouldn't you know it? The most family friendly Bluegrass Road Show served up 1200 chocolate and butterscotch chip cookies with hot cider to our guests - Oregon County Fair Boards from throughout the state. They called us "The Cookie People". Kathy baked every one of the cookies and met every one of our guests and made sure they knew our musical performances are as sweet as our cookies. We got to renew old friendships with touring entertainment pals like Nevada Slim & Cimmaron Sue, Karen Quest and her Cowgirl Rope Tricks, and Steve the Pretty Good Magician. It was great to see the friendly faces of folks we have played for previously  - such as The Main Street Cowboys and The Oregon State Fair representatives. Tom, Tim, and Dennis impersonated eye candy on Saturday while Kathy served as master of ceremonies at the RiverCity Music Festival. The whoop de doo closed Saturday night with a gala dinner and auction with Tom and Tim doing their best Vanna White imitations carrying auction goods through the throng.  You just can't find a better way to start a new year!

Nevada Slim's food   Karen Quest teaches                        KBPR Booth Bunnies!                                       Yes, Kathy really did bake all those cookies

matched his outfit!    Tim a new rope trick



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