We are honored to have received the ALTA award in December.
Exciting news for Carroll County Ramblers! We will be presented with the ALTA (Achievement in Living Traditions and Arts) award on December 1, 2012 at the Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center. This award is presented by the Maryland State Arts Council.
We are honored as we continue to follow in Mom and Dad's (Dottie & Leroy Eyler) footsteps. For more information on the Maryland Traditions Alta Awards, visit www.msac.org
Saturday - November 24 at the Arcadia Bluegrass Show we will be featuring Bill Emerson and Sweet Dixie. Bluegrass banjo fans will get the chance to hear one of the genre's pioneer performers Saturday night as Bill Emerson pays a visit to the Arcadia Bluegrass Concert Series.
Emerson, featured on the best-selling album Double Banjo Bluegrass Spectacular with actor-comedian Steve Martin and jazz/bluegrass great Bela Fleck, has toured and recorded regularly for more than fifty years. A former director of the U.S. Nay's bluegrass quintet, Country Current, Emerson now heads his own band, Sweet Dixie, made up of veteran musicians from the greater Washington, D.C. Area.
For more information about Bill Emerson, visit http://www.bluegrassville.com/billemerson/
From Manchester, Millers Station's four members bring their many years experience in other genres together to perform a wide variety of bluegrass in both classic and not-so-classic styles. Their music with its strong vocals, harmonies and driving acoustic rhythms will appeal to both the traditional and contemporary bluegrass enthusiast. Come join us for a great night of music at the Arcadia Indoor Bluegrass Show!
At our 50th Anniversary Party, we showed a video of the band throughout the years. If you missed the party, or wanted to see the video again, you can see it HERE!
Plans are shaping up for our 50th Anniversary Party. I’ve sent invitations out to all former band members asking them to perform a few songs with us and to share any stories that might have happened while traveling with the Ramblers.
Invitations have gone out to the following former band members: Jeff Toal, Frank Schoepf, Tom Adams, Herbie Martin, Rick Briggs, Dave Mickley, Greg Boughter, Tom Neal, Joe Allison, Dave Lightcap, Chris Warner, Jim Warfield, Charlie Cline, Jimmy Green, Sonny Aughinbaugh, Richard Young and Merhle Young.
Our plans for the party include:
- 6:00 - Pot Luck Dinner
- 7:30 - Music
- 8:15 - Stories of the road (History)
- 9:00 – Music
So far, we’ve heard back from the following: Jeff Toal, Tom Neal, Charlie Cline, and Merhl Young. We are looking forward to working with these fellows again.
Check back later for more updates!
Jeff Toal has decided to retire from his position as mandolin player, baritone singer, and song writer with the Carroll County Ramblers. He has other avenues he would like to explore. We appreciate all that he has contributed to the band, and will greatly miss him. His songs will continue to be a part of our show and we will think of him fondly as we perform them. Best of luck to you Jeff!
Bonnie, Dale, Dave and Steve
The year 2011 will mark the 50th year in performance of original and traditional bluegrass music for the Carroll County Ramblers. The band, which was formed in 1961 by Dottie and Leroy Eyler, continues to please audiences across the country. Dale and I are continuing this musical journey of writing, performing, and promoting bluegrass music along with Steve Waldon, Jeff Toal and Dave Dulaney.
On October 22, 2011 we will be hosting a 50th Year Anniversary Party of the Carroll County Ramblers at the Arcadia Fire Company Activities Building. We will keep you posted on the up coming event.
Dottie Eyler has been in declining health for the last few years. She has performed and played her guitar over the last 68 years and has written lots of songs for the Carroll County Ramblers. In January 2009, she fell and fractured her sternum which added to the onset of her osteporosis and degenerative disc disease in her neck. She no longer is able to travel with the band, but always sends her love when she knows the band is going out to play. She listens to the bluegrass music on Satellite radio every day and her heart and soul continues to be in bluegrass music.