Rock Ridge The Flood Download
Rock Ridge originated in Northern California in the fertile grounds of the traditional bluegrass scene with founders Rick and Josie Grant about 15 years ago. When they moved to Oregon, they teamed up with Northwest bluegrass veterans Dale and Suzanne Adkins. Rock Ridge was hitting its stride in early 2020 with a huge roster of bookings - and then COVID hit, deflating the momentum the band had been building up. They used those long quiet days to refine and hone their sound and work on a new recording.
The Flood is Rock Ridge’s second full length recording, and the first to feature the current configuration of band members. The band had a blast putting together the material for this recording and feels like it is a great representation of the vocal-driven bluesy groove music they love best. With fantastic guest fiddle players Chad Manning from San Francisco, and Greg Spatz from Spokane, The Flood is an exciting addition to the contemporary Bluegrass repertoire.
This recording features the songwriting talents of three of the band members. “The Flood” was penned by Suzanne over 20 years ago. In its early life, it was in a minor key, fingerpicked with great melancholy on the guitar. After years of fine tuning, the current version is a driving, in- your-face, edgy bluegrass number. “Farmers Lament”, by Rick Grant, has been transformed into a classic story of woe, familiar to fans of the genre. “Forget the Hard Times”, by Suzanne, is a beautiful letter to a loved one, showing the sweeter side of the band and highlighting the breadth of the vocal talents of Josie and Dale. “Climb That Hill” is another gem that has been through several iterations over the years. Josie absolutely kills it with her vocal power and perfect phrasing. “Don’t Let the Stove Go Cold” is Dale’s lighthearted homage to escaping those long winter days, or in other words, it is a “F*@&K Winter” song!
Bottom Line - The chemistry and excitement this configuration creates along with their love for driving bluesy traditional bluegrass is a joy to behold. Rock Ridge calls Sisters Oregon home.