Out of the Barrel
Crystal Ridge is an exciting acoustic group with great depth and experience that tests the parameters of acoustic music. Their repertoire ranges from traditional bluegrass to new acoustic music, and includes a number of original compositions. Finalists in the 2008 Telluride Bluegrass Band Contest, Crystal Ridge BLUEGRASS BAND is also a Tucson TAMMIES Award winner in 2004 and 2005 for Best Bluegrass Band, and 2008 TAMMIES Critic's and Reader's choice nominee in the Bluegrass category. TOM CARPENTER acoustic guitar, vocals Tom studied and performed as a classical guitarist before becoming a "Bluegrass" convert. He then fronted several local bluegrass groups while learning the bluegrass guitar style. In 2001, Tom competed and won the Four-Corners States championship on flatpick guitar. Tom is also the 2005 TAMMIES winner for ACOUSTIC GUITAR. His day job as a fire captain with the Tucson Fire Department, allows him time to practice and enjoy his life. KRISTEN BEATON violin, vocals Kristen has performed and taught bluegrass, Celtic, classical and jazz violin for many years. She has toured, featuring her violin and vocals, performing with bands in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and China. She has also worked as a studio recording artist for various groups over the years, and has produced and marketed CD's with her own bands. KIRBY MITTELMEIER mandolin, vocals Kirby joined his first bluegrass band, Illiana Foxfire, in Chicago in the late '70s, first playing bass, then mandolin. After moving to Arizona in the mid-80s, he toured the Southwest and Mexico as artist-in-residence for the Arizona Commission on the Arts with the Flagstaff-based band Flying South and Tucson group Frog Mountain. In 1991, Kirby joined fellow musicians Peter McLaughlin, Bob Meighan, and Earl Edmonson to win the bluegrass band contest at the prestigious Telluride Bluegrass Festival. Kirby has recorded with Flying South (Movin' Along, 1990) and has shared the stage with the likes of Emmylou Harris, Sam Bush, Doc Watson, and Laurie Lewis and Grant Street. BRIAN DAVIES upright bass, vocals Brian honed his skills in the L.A. rock scene. He has done session work for A & M records, and toured as an opening act for international bluegrass and rock acts. Brian has also produced and engineered several CD projects for Arizona artists, and engineered soundtracks for the local Tucson television programs, 'The Desert Speaks', and 'Man Alive'.