Arts, Dining & Entertainment

Musicians team up for special show in Tunbridge

Saturday, March 19 at 7:30 p.m. — TUNBRIDGE — MountainFolk is presenting a special show and dance with Jim Rooney and the Starline Rhythm Boys at the Tunbridge Town Hall on Saturday, March 19 at 7:30 p.m.

Jim Rooney is a major figure in the world of folk/bluegrass/country, having started his career in the late 50s and early 60s by joining up with string banjo innovator, the late Bill Keith with New England bluegrass breakthrough LP “Livin’ on the Mountain” back in 1963. Rooney was later a member of Blue Velvet Band. Beyond this, he managed the famous Club 47 in Boston for years, wrote a classic book “Bossmen” about Bill Monroe and Muddy Waters, and then eventually went to Nashville where he hooked up with the legendary, late Cowboy Jack Clement. He learned recording engineering and production from Clement and eventually did his own work producing records for Garth Brooks, Nanci Griffith, Iris Dement and John Prine. 

Rooney doesn’t perform a lot, so this is a real chance to see him in action with the Starline Rhythm Boys. In addition, they’ll have the great Teddy Weber of the Wiyos joining with his stand-up non-pedal steel guitar. The Wiyos are internationally known and were Bob Dylan’s opening act touring band at one time. Weber moved to Warren, Vt. a few years ago.

The show starts at 7:30 p.m., featuring two 45-minute sets. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance and available from the So. Royalton Market, the Tunbridge Store or online at; or $20 at the door. There will be local craft beer available.

Tunbridge Town Hall is located at 279 Vt. Rt. 110, Tunbridge.

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