Over the River Bluegrass
By Tom Keener
Warm up a cold winter night with sizzling bluegrass from Over the River band performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday, January 18, at the Allen Public Library.
Inspired by their common love of roots and Americana music, veterans of the Dallas music scene assembled to form Over the River. Drawing on influences as varied as Bill Monroe, Bob Wills, The Byrds, Hank Williams, and Tom Petty, Over the River performs a combination of original tunes and choice covers. This band believes that fun times with family and friends improve with “foot tappin' and swing dancin’ music.”
Over the River performed live on the KNON 89.3 Mark Mundy show last October. When asked about performing at the acclaimed Fearing’s Restaurant in Dallas, bandleader Erik Swanson commented, “We thoroughly enjoyed playing brunch at Fearing's surrounded by bottles of wine that cost more than our instruments.” Over the River has also performed at the Dallas Farmers Market, Bath House Cultural Center on White Rock Lake, Opening Bell Coffee, and Allgood Café.
Erik also plays for the award-winning western swing band Shoot Low Sheriff, featured several times at the Allen Public Library.
The band is comprised of:
Floramay Holliday - vocals, guitar
Erik Swanson - vocals, guitar
Don Thacker - banjo, vocals
Kim Herriage - mandolin, dobro, guitar, and vocals
Larry Reed – bass
Sponsored by the Allen Public Library, the concert is free. The library is located at 300 N. Allen Dr. Call 214-509-4911 for additional information.