Bruce & Nunally take stage at Thrasher
Award-winning bluegrass artists, Bruce & Nunally, bring their unique style of entertainment to the historic Thrasher Opera House, in beautiful downtown Green Lake, on Saturday, April 26, 2003.
Bruce & Nunally performances are a trademark mixture of wit, emotion, energy, and sincerity, with lots of hot guitar playing. Showcasing their beautiful vocal harmonies, delivered with good humor and dazzling digital dexterity, the duo plays with such an incredible infectious enthusiasm that it promotes a wonderful time for all. Their music is a blend of original and traditional Americana, contemporary and historic songs, with folk and country flavors – “ . . . “They sound like the Everly Brothers with a lot more nitty gritty . . .” (Flatpicking Guitar Magazine).
The award-winning duo is featured on the soundtrack to the best-selling computer game “The Sims”, and has also recorded two highly acclaimed CD’s. Their most recent CD, “The Way Things Are’” is a collection of original compositions and classics of Americana by Woody Guthrie, Johnny Cash and others. All of the cuts feature stellar guitar playing from Bruce and Nunally: The hot picking of “Folsom Prison Blues.” Woody Guthrie’s “Pretty Boy Floyd,” and the old time tune “Sally Goodin” played with a Texas swing guitar backup.
Jim Nunally, a native of the San Francisco Bay area, is a musician, composer, and teacher. He brings to the duo’s success, three generations of traditional music roots, which began in the hills of Arkansas, and was passed down from grandfather to father, who in turn, taught Jim. This pedigree contributes to his unmistakably traditional sound.
In addition to maintaining a busy touring schedule, Nunally has also appeared on recording sessions with a variety of artists and is the featured guitarist on the CBS television Peanuts special Snoopy’s Reunion in which Snoopy plays bluegrass guitar. Jim was awarded a Grammy certificate for his performance on the 1996 Grammy Award-winning Bluegrass album of the year “True Life Blues: The Songs of Bill Monroe and can also be heard on the 1994 feature film The Beverly Hillbillies, released on RCA.
Dix Bruce, a Midwest native, blends his interests in American folk, jazz, and composing into a unique vocal and instrumental sound. His fresh and energetic compositions, exuberant stage personality, along with his driving rhythm and lead work, set the stage for a warm and exciting performance.
Bruce has recorded with mandolin legend Frank Wakefield, the Royal Society Jazz Orchestra, among others, and has released his own collection of Americana entitled My Folk Heart. Mel Bay Publications has published over thirty of Bruce’s instructional projects, including two titles in the best-selling You Can Teach Yourself series along with Bruce’s own play-along BackUp TRAX book/CD sets. He is currently preparing a book on the music of guitar legend Jerry Garcia.
Tickets to enjoy this exciting blend of Americana are only $12 and can be purchase at Thrasher Opera House office (next to Opera House), Knowledge Emporium, Green Lake State Bank, Ripon Drug and Bull Moose Mercantile or by calling 920-294-4279