Mountain Laurel celebrates the release of its second CD |

Mountain Laurel celebrates the release of its second CD

For Mountain Laurel band members, it was a no-brainer to name their second CD with a mining theme.

After all, four of the five members live in Nevada County, an area known throughout the world for its gold-mining history.

“When we leave and play elsewhere, we’re introduced as a band from the gold-mining country,” guitar player Ken Nilsson explained about why the bluegrass band’s second CD is called “Trouble at the Mine.”

“It kind of fits the area. Plus the lead singer, Pete Siegried, is from a coal mining place in Pennsylvania and felt very strongly about the miners trapped in Quecreek Mine a few years ago,” Nilsson added. “The banjo player lives on Excelsior Mine Road and has a longtime interest in mining. And before we started the album, he wrote the instrumental ‘Trouble at the Mine.’ The more tunes we put together, the more the mining theme came about.”

Besides the mining songs, the CD features traditional bluegrass tunes, gospel tunes and originals, including “Drive To Kilfenora,” that Nilsson wrote after he and Siegried visited Ireland a couple of years ago with their wives.

Mountain Laurel will perform Saturday at the Center for the Arts in support of “Trouble at the Mine,” released last September.

Together 15 years, Mountain Laurel has gigs at least monthly in the winter and every weekend in the summer.

Members are Siegfried on lead vocals and mandolin, Nilsson on guitar and vocals, Paul Siese on banjo and vocals, Doug Bianchi on bass and Kathy Barwick on resonator guitar and vocals. Barwick is from Sacramento.



WHAT: Mountain Laurel in a “CD Celebration Party”

WHEN: Saturday at 8 p.m.

WHERE: Center for the Arts, 314 W. Main St. in Grass Valley

ADMISSION: $10 at the dooe or online at


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