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Seldom Scene: Singularity and a Great Amount of Originality

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This band’s prolific career is completely due to the fact that all members who have been part of it have worked hard to convert The Seldom Scene into one of the most important and influential bands in the last thirty years.

As many bands do when they start, Seldom Scene used to rehearse in a basement in Maryland. The former members of the band were John Duffey who played the mandolin, John Starling with the guitar, Mike Auldridge with the dobro, Ben Eldridge whose instrument was the banjo and Tom Gray in the bass. They gave Seldom Scene the originality combined with the familiarity of established bluegrass and songs written by James Taylor, Paul Craft and others.

Nowadays, the Seldom Scene has new and fresh integrants; their names are: Dudley Connell (guitar), Ben Eldridge (banjo), Fred Travers (dobro), Lou Reid (mandolin), and Ronnie Simkins (bass). The main element that makes the Seldom Scene so widely known and different from other bluegrass bands is the usage of the dobro, which gives their music an original shade. They gathered again to record an album called Cream Scene in 1996. Despite their success, the band suffered the loss of one of its integrants and leader John Duffey passed away in 1997. It was very difficult for the other members to adapt to the new circumstances; however, they rearranged the band, giving to it a new angle and putting it into the progressive wave.

Among their most important records, we can mention Act I, II and III, which were released in the early 70’s; and their more recent album Scene It All, successfully released in 2000.

You are totally welcome to learn more about the Seldom Scene and check all their websites.

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