Bart Mendoza 9 p.m., Dec. 17
The Hilltop Ramblers
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Inception: San Diego, 2007
Influences: Bill Monroe, Doc Watson, Del McCoury Band, John Hartford, Stanley Bros, Tony Rice, David Grisman, Flatt & Scruggs, Norman Blake, John Prine, Lo-Fi Breakdown, Seldom Scene, Buck Owens, Vassar Clemens, Emmylou Harris, Ricky Skaggs, Sam Bush, Gram Parsons, Clerence White, J.D. Crow, Red Allen, Frank Wakefield, Gillian Welch
The Regal brothers were born in a shotgun shack in the hills of Tennessee to a family of coal miners and moonshiners. Travis was struck by lightning at the age of nine and was instantly ordained as a preacher. His younger twin brothers Clevis and Wyatt took to the family business and became master shiners by age twelve. Folks say Ma Regal only fed them if they picked bluegrass. The boys would ramble around, picking at every corn still in the county and folks naturally called them Hilltop Ramblers.
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