The Byron Berline Band will return to Cameron University for the 30th annual Country Jazz Fusion concert, on Thursday, November 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the Cameron University Theatre. The famed country fiddler and his band will join the CU Jazz Ensemble and the Cameron/Lawton Community Jazz Ensemble, both directed by Dr. Ann Bradfield. Sponsored by Cameron University Lectures and Concerts and the Cameron University Department of Music, the concert is open to the public at no charge. General admission seating will be limited to 450 patrons. Doors will open at 7 p.m.
The concert will feature a repertoire of musical favorites including Berline's "Mando Mania" and "Busy B, "Here Comes The Sun" by George Harrison, George Gershwin's "Strike Up The Band," "Faded Love" by Bob Wills, "Take The A Train" by Billy Strayhorn, and more.
National fiddle champion Byron Berline and his band, comprised of John Hickman, Jim Fish, Greg Burgess, Richard Sharp and Steve Short, provide an exciting evening of traditional bluegrass and Western swing music.
Berline's early career included playing fiddle with bluegrass legends such as Bill Monroe, Dillard and Clark and Country Gazette. After moving to Los Angeles in 1969, he soon became one of the most popular fiddlers in the music business. His long list of performing and recording credits includes The Rolling Stones, The Eagles, The Band, The Byrds, Elton John, Alabama, Mary Chapin Carpenter, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Rod Stewart, John Denver, Earl Scruggs, Emmylou Harris, Tammy Wynette, Mason Williams, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson and Vince Gill.
A member of Oklahoma's Musicians Hall of Fame, Berline has also been named Oklahoma's Ambassador of Goodwill. Returning to Guthrie in 1995, he opened the Double Stop Fiddle Shop and Music Hall for the purpose of "visiting, trading and jamming" with folks who enjoy their music.
Regarded as one of the great masters of the banjo, John Hickman continues his almost 30 year collaboration with Berline. Hickman has played with bluegrass greats like Red Allen, Frank Wakefield, and Earl Taylor's Stoney Mountain Boys.
Jim Fish began his career as a musician playing washboard in a jug band in the early 1960s. As a result of seeing the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show, he began a decades-long interest in guitar. His diverse list of influences includes Don Rich, George Harrison, Roger McGuinn and Clarence White.
Greg Burgess has been playing guitar and fiddle for more than 30 years. Associations with fiddlers like Clark Forshee, Amos Hedrick, Ace Sewell, Russell O'Neal, Herman Johnson, Dick Barrett, Orville Burns, Merle David and, of course, Byron Berline, helped form his fiddling style. He has won the Oklahoma State Fiddle Championship numerous times and has been ranked in the top 10 at a number of national level fiddle contests.
Richard Sharp is at home on the left-handed upright and electric bass. Richard has stayed busy with more recording sessions than can be listed. He has shared the stage with Hank Thompson, The Texas Playboys, Chris Hillman, Vince Gill, John Anderson, Boxcar Willie, Wanda Jackson, Collin Raye, and Les Gilliam.
Steve Short began playing drums with his parents' family band at a very early age. He has recorded and played with every big name imaginable, including three years with Reba McEntire. An accomplished recording and sound engineer, he produces the Byron Berline Band's album projects.
For further information, contact the Cameron Department of Music at 581-2440.