Album:The Best Of The Seldom Scene
The Seldom Scene is an excellent bluegrass group that has been around since the 70s. They may have been the first bluegrass group to cover contemporary songs in the bluegrass style. The Seldom Scene are from Bethesda, MD. They started out jamming at banjo player Ben Eldridge's house. other members were John Starling on guitar and vocals, Mike Auldridge on dobro and vocals, Tom Grey on bass and John Duffey on mandolin and vocals. He was a member of The Country Gentlemen. At first they were a part time band playing once a week. But they got a record deal with Rebel Records and they began touring nationally. This cover of the John Prine classic Paradise is from the 1973 album Act II. This comp covers their Rebel recordings. John Starling left in 1978 and was replaced by Phil Rosenthal. The Seldom Scene moved to Sugar Hill and they recorded for them for many years. There were several personnel changes in the late 80s. by the 90s, the only original members were Duffey and Auldridge. Then Duffey died in 1996 and Auldridge left. Ben Eldridge currently leads The Seldom Scene and they released a new CD on Smithsonian Folkways in 2014. Other members are Lou Reid on mandolin, Dudley Connell on guitar, Ronnie Simpkins on bass and Fred Travers on dobro. Reid was a member in the 80s. The Seldom Scene continue to perform as they did in the 70s and they are worth checking out. Here's the Seldom Scene performing Paradise on the PBS series Jubilee at the 2013 Festival of the Bluegrass at Kentucky Horse Park.