Banner Mountain Boys announce release party for new CD |

Banner Mountain Boys announce release party for new CD

Local bluegrass band the Banner Mountain Boys announce a party for the release their new CD, “Foresthill Bridge,” to be sponsored by and held at the Holbrooke Hotel in Grass Valley on Friday.

The party will run from 6:30-9:30 p.m., and feature a $2 taco bar with wine specials from the hotel’s private label collection.

In addition to songs from their new CD, the boys will entertain guests with numbers from their previous CD, “Fifth Gear,” and from their extensive repertoire of traditional and nontraditional music performed in the bluegrass style, or as the band likes to say, “bannerized.”

“Foresthill Bridge” contains 15 songs, including eight originals written by band members Ron Gaynor and Rob Shotwell.

The Banner Mountain Boys have been together for over nine years. They perform regularly at the Holbrooke Hotel, as well as at events and festivals throughout Northern California.

The band features traditional and contemporary bluegrass music with “smooth vocals and scorching instrumentals from the Gold Country,” according to the California Bluegrass Association’s billing in the 2010 Father’s Day Bluegrass Festival.

The four band members, Taylor Carey on guitar and vocals, Rob Shotwell on banjo and vocals, Ron Gaynor on resonator guitar and vocals, and Cecelia Shotwell on upright bass, draw from about 150 years of combined musical experience.

The group takes its name from Carey’s residence up on Banner Mountain. A flatpicker inspired by the late Doc Watson, Carey was a founding member of groundbreaking “South Loomis Quickstep Band,” and has played with a number of other Northern California bands over the years.

Rob Shotwell favors the traditional three-finger technique of picking, adding his own melodic and bluesy riffs to the time-tested and ever popular style introduced by the legendary Earl Scruggs.

A recent inductee to the Western Swing Music Association’s Hall of Fame, he has performed with the famous Asleep at the Wheel.

An accomplished dobro picker and song writer, Kentucky native, Gaynor spent a couple of years picking in Southern California with the band In Cahoots, and several years in Grass Valley with On The Loose before forming the Banner Mountain Boys with Rob and Carey. Cecelia Shotwell anchors the band with her driving upright bass.

For more information, visit the band’s website at

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