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Blue Wolf brings Bluegrass Music to Penn Fest 2012
Blue Wolf Bluegrass Band has been entertaining bluegrass fans since 2001 throughout the Upper Midwest
and Canada. It was a serendipitous gathering of talent to round out a recording session that brought Blue Wolf to
coalesce over a decade ago and it has since become one of the most popular bands in this region.
Founders and husband /wife musical team, Jerry
and Shirley Spanhanks are the nucleus of the band. Shirley flatpicks the guitar and sings lead and harmony vocals. Multi-instrumentalist Jerry grew up playing music since childhood in his native Arkansas. He is equally at home playing the guitar, dobro, banjo, bass and has even been known to pull out the fiddle from time to time. He joins Shirley to fulfill most of the vocal responsibilities
of the band. The quartet is rounded out by Nick Larson on bass with an occasional vocal assignment and Bruce Johnson on banjo, harmonica and mandolin.
Blue Wolf offers three CDs of their music. “Red
River Moon” was nominated for the 2003 Minnesota Music Awards in the bluegrass/old-time music category. It has since been joined in the Blue Wolf catalog by “Brown Shingle Shack” and Jerry’s 2012 instrumental Dobro CD titled “Wolf’s Run”.
Blue Wolf Bluegrass Band plays throughout the year at music festivals, civic events, weddings and private parties. Accomplished musicians all, Jerry, Shirley and Bruce all offer instruction on their respective instruments at The Homestead Pickin’ Parlor located in the Penn Central Neighborhood at 6625 Penn Ave S. The band will be featured in Penn Central’s “Penn Fest 2012” celebration, performing at 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 and 4:00 pm on Sunday, September 16 in the music tent located at 6619 Penn (Between the Bank of the Lakes and Ralph’s Shoe Service).
More About Homestead Pickin' Parlor
Started by husband and wife Marv and Dawn Menzel, Homestead Pickin' Parlor imagines itself to be as much a community resource as a store. It buys and sells a variety of acoustic instruments and musical accessories for those interested in folk, bluegrass and blues music. Walk in on a Saturday afternoon and you're likely to encounter a bluegrass or folk jam session occurring in the rear of the store. Please note that hours during the weekend may vary by season.