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Est. 1998
Released 2016
Released 2017
2017
New Mexico Music Award
Best Bluegrass
"Water for Gold"
2004
New Mexico Music Award
Best Instrumental
"Alamance"
CLANN, 2017: Ken "Duke" Weddington (banjo, mandolin, vocal); Laura Leach Devlin (bass); Patrick Mahoney (fiddle); Dave Devlin (mandolin, dobro); Fred Bolton (guitar, vocal); Char Rothschild (uillean pipes, whistles); Diane Parshall (vocal); AJ Weddington (fiddle); Doug Porter (guitar); Jeff Forbes (fiddle); Mark Smith (bass).

An acoustic anthology of sixteen Bluegrass and Celtic instrumentals written by Duke Weddington. This collection of original songs is dedicated to members of Duke's family (Clann), titled after people, places and memories in his life. The final cut, Still is Dad, was written in tribute to Duke's father and is based upon the poem "Still" written by Andy Weddington.

Produced by Duke Weddington. Recorded by Jono Manson, Kitchen Sink Studio, Santa Fe, NM. Mixed by Jono Manson and Duke Weddington. Mastered by David Glasser, Airshow Mastering, Boulder, CO.
HGB V, 2016: Ken "Duke" Weddington (banjo, vocals); Laura Leach (bass, vocals); Patrick Mahoney (fiddle, vocals); Dave Devlin (mandolin, dobro); Fred Bolton (guitar, vocals).

We had lots of fun writing, arranging and recording these songs for you. Nine new originals by HGB: Be My Love (Weddington/Bolton); Sweet Annie Mae (Weddington/Mahoney/Devlin); Stomp (Weddington); Two by Two (Bolton); Still Into You (Weddington); Pretty Little Quinn (Weddington); Water for Gold (Mahoney/Weddington) is a 2017 New Mexico Music Award Winner for "Best Bluegrass"; Ride (Bolton/Weddington); and Tailwind (Weddington). We also mixed in 5 cover tunes: Hold to a Dream (O'Brien); Catoosa County (Mullins/Cannon); Old Man at the Mill (Traditional/PD); There is a Time (Webb/Jayne); and These Days (Jackson Browne).

Produced and recorded by Higher Ground Bluegrass. Mixed and mastered by Jono Manson, Ken Weddington and Patrick Mahoney, Kitchen Sink Studio, Santa Fe, NM.
Bluegrass Classics, 2013: Ken "Duke" Weddington (banjo, vocals); Laura Leach (bass, vocals); Patrick Mahoney (fiddle, vocals); Dave Devlin (mandolin, dobro); Fred Bolton (guitar, vocals).

A collection of favorites including nods to the likes of The Dillards (Doug's Tune, Dooley, Old Home Place), Tim O'Brien (Late in the Day), Herschel Sizemore (Rebecca), traditional American songs (John Hardy, Pretty Fair Maid, Man of Constant Sorrow), Peter Rowan and Bill Monroe (Walls of Time), and Utah Phillips (Rocksalt and Nails). Note the Gunn-like (Peter, that is) introduction to Man of Constant Sorrow. Aaaannnnd -- be sure to catch Duke's instrumental "Tallen's Reel" named for his then-newborn grandson.

Produced by Higher Ground Bluegrass. Recorded, mixed and mastered by Jono Manson, Duke Weddington, and Fred Bolton, at the Kitchen Sink Studio, Chupadero, NM.
Miles and Miles, 2008: Ken "Duke" Weddington (banjo, vocals); Mark Smith (bass, vocals); Diane Lujan (vocals); Jeff Forbes (fiddle, vocals); Dave Devlin (mandolin, dobro); Fred Bolton (guitar, vocals). Original materials written, co-written & arranged by HGB. Note the co-writing team of Ken Weddington and Diane Lujan (This Love Is Real, Thinking About You, I Can't Make You Love Me, I Love the Rain, Somewhere In Between) as well as Dave's Coffee Talk (written after ingesting mass quantities of caffeine), Fred's O Judas (a blend of New Testament and the NatGeo Judas gospels).

This recording features instrumental contributions by former HGB members Jeff Forbes and Doug Porter.

Produced and recorded by Higher Ground Bluegrass. Mixed by Sid Fendley, Albuquerque, NM; mastered by David Glasser, Airshow Mastering, Boulder, CO.
People, Places, Memories, 2003: Ken "Duke" Weddington (banjo, vocals); Mark Smith (bass, vocals); Diane Lujan (vocals); Jeff Forbes (fiddle, vocals); Dave Devlin (mandolin, dobro); and Fred Bolton (guitar, vocals).

Original materials written/co-written and arranged by Higher Ground Bluegrass. Duke's instrumental "Alamance," named for the North Carolina county he grew up in, is a 2004 New Mexico Music Award winner that was later scored for, and played by, the Marine Corps Band. Mark's "Maynardville Stagger" grew out of a band practice session, and Dave's "Backburn" is named after the 2000 Cerro Grande fire in Northern New Mexico. Fred's "Bottle of Tears" proves he's not always sleeping during the sermon, while "Big Nose Kate" re-tells the OK Corral gunfight story.

Produced by Higher Ground Bluegrass. Recorded and mixed by Duke Weddington and Bill Boaz, 4th World Studios, Santa Fe, NM; mastered by David Glasser, Airshow Mastering, Boulder, CO.
Black & White - Faded & Torn, 2001: Ken "Duke" Weddington (banjo, vocals); Mark Smith (bass, vocals); Diane Lujan (vocals); Jeff Forbes (fiddle, vocals); Dave Devlin (mandolin, dobro); and Fred Bolton (guitar, vocals).

Original materials written/co-written and arranged by Higher Ground Bluegrass. The title cut, Black & White - Faded & Torn, is a tribute to Duke's experience as a Navy F-18 pilot and one of Fred's all-time favorites; check Diane's harmony vocals. Don't miss Dave's instrumentals (Tatnuck Hill, Pass the Salt), Mark's vocals on his own "A Broken Man," or Fred's lyrics set to the traditional Scottish tune "Tonight My Sleep Will Be Restless."
Two covers: "Don't Let Me Love" (Mark Howard) and "Love's A Word I Never Throw Around" (Robert Earl Keen, Jr.).

Produced by Higher Ground. Recorded & mixed by Ken Weddington and Bill Boaz, 4th World Studios, Santa Fe, NM; mastered by David Glasser, Airshow Mastering, Boulder, CO.