The second generation of a legendary D.C. bluegrass band
The Seldom Scene were formed in Washington, D.C., in 1971, and they came to define the sound of progressive bluegrass. Now, with a new lineup, the legend continues. Today's Seldom Scene consists of the cream of the bluegrass crop, players who understand the classic Scene sound and carry it forward. Lead vocalist Dudley Connell is a former member of The Johnson Mountain Boys. Mandonlinist Lou Reid has performed with Ricky Skaggs and also leads his own band, Carolina. Dobroist Fred Travers is a veteran of The Paul Adkins Band and contributes vocals on several Seldom Scene classics. Banjoist and fiddler Rickie Simpkins has been a member of Emmylou Harris's Red Dirt Boys and The Virginia Squires. Rounding out the new Seldom Scene is bassist Ronnie Simpkins, who has performed with The Tony Rice Unit. It adds up to a band that can handle the demanding and beautiful Seldom Scene sound in a way that's, well, seldom seen.