Hello Friends and Family:
We're starting the new year working on our
second CD. It'll have songs you've told us you like plus songs we enjoy doing -
usually one and the same. Our style has evolved by just playing the songs
we love - a little bit bluegrass, a little bit ???? We're glad you like it, too.
On a personal note, we've added two new grand children to the group (there should be an original song for that) and a toy or two, but we won't divulge any secrets, Greg. We had a wonderful time last year seeing you on the musical trail and it's looking like this year will hold more of the same.
Friends, Family, Music = Life Is Good. See you out there!
Chuck, Don, Greg, Jim & Sue
I have loved music from the age of 5, singing with the radio and dreaming, like many kids, of being a country star. I had an uncle and cousins who were professional Country musicians in the Sacramento area. My father played harmonica and sang. My older brother sang Barbershop Quartet. So I was surrounded by music. I sang in school and Growing up I was listening primarily to country and folk music, but being a child of the 60's I also listened to Pop, but my heart has always been with Classic Country and Old Timey music. After running over my first guitar with a truck, I finally got another 5 years later and took a series of lessons at age 30. Introduced to the Seattle Bluegrass community in 1995, I have been hooked ever since. CZ is a life-long dream come true. Hopefully the dream will continue.
Greg is excited to be a part of the performing band Convergence Zone, playing guitar, mandolin and singing. More focused now being in a band, Greg finds it very satisfying working out the different parts to a song or tune to get that tight sound we all love to hear. Convergence Zone is a great mix of friends, instruments, talent and personalities that, like a favorite song, sounds so good when it all comes together. It's the best.
Raised in a home filled with country and bluegrass, memories of harmony singing go back as far as memory. At 10, Sue performed on Seattle radio in a trio singing 3 part harmonies with her cousins. She left music shortly after that and didn't return until 2002 when she discovered the Maltby bluegrass jam. Hillbilly Highway came out of that association and for seven years they enjoyed performing locally. Summer of 2009 saw them on local television and radio stations promoting Emerald Downs "Break My Stride" campaign. Convergence Zone promises to be another happy association.
Don was born in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, but came to the Northwest early on and never left. His family wasn’t into music, but the gal he married and her family played bluegrass music, so he got a guitar and started pickin’ out some tunes. Then came the years of raisin’ a family and a career of snuffin’ out pyres and thumpin’ on gomers. After the nest emptied and finally making it to the Darrington Bluegrass festival and the Maltby jam, he found the instrument he should have been playing all those years, an upright bass he bought for his brother-in-law to play when he visited from out of state. For a change of pace, he also plays a bass ukulele.
Jim is the only true redneck in the group, having been born and raised in Georgia. His early music years were spent in rock 'n roll, only because the girls were cuter and his hillbilly cousins in North Carolina had already married their cousins, so there was no one in the family to date. He wasted most of his adult working life in a dead end job before realizing that music was his true calling and discovering that the South had more to offer than moonshine and 'skeeters and he wonders now where all that great bluegrass was playing when he was growing up.
August 4, 2012 - Bluegrass on the Green, Nile Country Club, Mountlake Terrace WA, 11 AM
August 16, 2012 - West Seattle Barbecue, The Kenny, Seattle WA, 4:30 - 6:30 PM
August 19, 2012 - Mercer Island Farmers Market, Mercer Island WA, 11 AM - 3 PM
August 25, 2012 - Evergreen State Fair, Comcast Courtyard Stage, Monroe WA, 5:15 - 6:00 PM
September 1, 2012 - Harbor Days Festival 2012, Percival Landing and Port Plaza, Olympia, WA, time pending
September 13, 2012 - Summer Concert Series at Si View Park, North Bend WA, 5:30 - 7:00 PM
September 15, 2012 - Opening for Tommy Cash, Auburn Performing Arts Center, Auburn WA, 7:00 - 9:30 PM
September 16, 2012 - Opening for Tommy Cash, Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center, Renton WA, 2:00 - 4:30 PM
October 25, 2012 - Maple Valley Arts Center, Maple Valley WA, 6:00 - 7:00 PM
November 10, 2012 - Kenyon Hall, Seattle WA, 7:30 - 9:30
November 17, 2012 - Kent Senior Activity Center, Kent WA, 2PM - 3PM
December 8, 2012 - Equine Aid Concert, Tualco GrangeHall, 18933 Tualco Rd., Monroe, WA, Noon - 4 PM
December 29, 2012 - The Lights of Christmas festival, Warm Beach Camp, Stanwood WA, 5 PM - 10 PM
April 13, 2013 - Collector's Choice, 215 Cypress Ave., Snohomish WA, 9 PM - Midnight
April 20, 2013 - Kent Senior Activity Center, Kent WA, 3PM - 4PM
April 20, 2013 - Kenyon Hall with 3Play Ricochet, 7904 35th Avenue SW, Seattle, WA, 7:30 - 9:30 PM
June 18, 2013 - Wesley Terrace, Seattle WA, 7 - 9 PM
June 21, 2013 - Fiddlin' Under the Stars Festival, Goldendale WA, 5 - 6 PM
June 23, 2013 - Meeker Days Festival, Mainstage, Puyallup, WA, 2 - 3 PM
July 4, 2013 - Renton Fourth of July Celebration, Mainstage, Coulon Park, Renton WA, 4:30 - 5:30 PM
July 11, 2013 - Mount Si Concerts in the Park, Si View Park, North Bend, WA, 6:00 - 7:30 PM
July 27, 2013 - Bainbridge Island Bluegrass Festival, Battle Point Park, 11299 Arrow Point Dr. NE, Bainbridge Island, WA, time TBA
July 28, 2913 - Enumclaw Street Fair, Enumclaw WA, 1:30 - 3:30 PM
August 3, 2013 - Pioneer Days Festival, Mainstage- Lake City Community Center, 12531 28th Ave.NE, Seattle WA, 4 - 5:30 PM
August 9, 2013 - Summer Concert Series, Concerts on the Mount, Providence Mount St. Vincent, 4831 35th Ave. SW, Seattle WA, 6 - 7:30 PM
September 1, 2013 - Harbor Days, Percival Landing, Olympia WA, 3:45 - 4:45
September 20, 2013 - George Bluegrass Festival, Main Stage, George, WA, 6:30 - 7:30 PM
December 26 and 27, 2013 - The Lights of Christmas, Warm Beach, Stanwood WA, time TBA
Sound Check for Tommy Cash
- Band Donkey
Fans from every species..
Backing up the Man with guest Country Dave Harmonson and Drummin' Corey Heinsohn
Open for Tommy Cash with guest Country Dave Harmonson
The mosh pit...
Entertainment is our mantra
At the Trackside Tavern in Monroe
Delivering the goods
- CZB on fire
So hot, they need a fire marshall in attendence...
Farenheit 451 @ Third Place Books
- CZB Everett
Burning it up at the Old Everett Theater
To play or to plow, that is the question...
Play, no question.
Pickin' the drum on a stick
Beer is now banned at practice
Maple Valley Arts Center
Chuck, from the heart
Bringin' the house down
Another sweet fiddle solo
There must be SOME way to make a banjo sound good
The band and the buggy