They're on the cutting edge of traditional acoustic and bluegrass music and they'll be in Utah at the Museum of Fine Arts Auditorium at the University of Utah. The legendary Berline, Crary and Hickman trio has added the songwriting talent of Steve Spurgin ("Speak Softly, You're Talkin' To My Heart" and "Carmen") and will perform March 31 at 7:30 p.m.
Byron Berline's expertise on the fiddle won him performing spots with Bill Monroe and The Rolling Stones. He's also played with Bob Dylan, John Denver, The Eagles and Linda Ronstadt. Described as "the ultimate in fiddle power," Berline is a virtuoso session fiddler.The group's premiere traditional guitarist is Dan Crary, who is recognized as one of the originators of the flatpicking style. Beginning his career in 1960, he founded the Bluegrass Alliance. His 20-year recording career has given him legendary status among guitarists.
John Hickman has established himself as one of a half-dozen world-class banjo performers. "Bluegrass Unlimited" calls him "A master craftsman, solid, sensitive and consistently creative."
With 10 years of music behind the group, Berline, Crary, Hickman and Spurgin are still breaking ground.
Opening for them on March 31 will be Powder Ridge, featuring Mike Iverson, Matt Flinner, Ryan Shupe, Don Baker and Bob Hardy representing Utah's bluegrass scene.
Ticket prices are $10 general, $8 for Intermountain Acoustic Music Association members, seniors 62 and over. Prices will be $1 higher at the door. Tickets are available at Acoustic Music, Great Salt Lake Guitar (Provo), Intermountain Guitar and Banjo, Smokey's Records, Wild Rose Mountaineering and Gypsy Moon Emporium.