WOW, What a Year!!!
Try this link for a little of our jam Saturday night with our friend Carl Jackson
Visit our "Bluegrass" page for links to other jam sessions and performances in Mississippi in August.
Glad to announce we will be in Grand Cane December 7 for the annual Christmas Parade.
It is hard to believe that the year has gone by so fast. We have been so fortunate to play so many places this year and last, and seen so many of our good friends and made so many new ones. We are just returning from a weekend in Mississippi where we were able to give two concerts and experience a totally amazing jam session with none other then our new friend Carl Jackson. Also played a couple of songs with an up and coming young mandolin player Ms. Alexis Turnipseed. The people around the Louisville area just sort of adopted us as their own and we will be forever grateful for the experience. Want to thank our friend John Colburn for setting the weekend up for us.
Just updated our schedule page, so check it out for a location close to you and please come and see us again. Glad to be returning to Grand Cane Baptist Church in September for their 2nd Tuesday Community Fellowship, it is always a great time, with great food and fellowship.
Starting work very soon on our newest project, which will be a combination of gospel and traditional bluegrass, so be looking for updates on it as well.
If you would like us to visit your Church or other event, just contact us on the contact page or call me, John Neilson at 318-423-2695 Bookings are lining up fast for the fall and winter, so make that call soon.
The Blake Brothers Bluegrass Band of Shreveport has been called the premier Bluegrass Band in the Ark La Tex. Playing a combination of Bluegrass and Bluegrass Gospel, the band has become a favorite of many.
Band leader and Banjo player Tim Blake makes Deberry Texas his home and has been playing bluegrass for 20 years. He is employed by the City of Shreveport and in addition to playing banjo, he also teaches banjo and repairs instruments. Tim also plays guitar and bass and sings harmony with the group.
Bruce Blake, the older brother, makes up the other half of the Blake Brothers. Bruce resides in Haughton, La., plays rhythm guitar and sings lead vocals. Bruce has been active in the music scene around the area all of his life and sings also with a 50’s classic group.
Kent Gill on fiddle and backup vocals lives in Shreveport and has a private law practice. After a long day of depositions and briefs, Kent likes nothing better than learning some hot new licks on one of his personal fiddles hand made by his Father in Law, the maker of the famous “Lytle-lins”. Kent has played with such well known artists in the country scene as David Houston and many others. Kent has had the privilege of playing on both the old and new “Grand Ole Opry”. Tillman Franks was certainly well known in this area, and Kent had a long association with Mr. Franks and is even in his book entitled, “I Was There When It Happened”, a history of country music in and around Shreveport.
Brit Green is the newest member of the group and plays mandolin. He lives in Haughton and has been active in the local music scene playing the mandolin for over 10 years. He has a long list of friends in the bluegrass music world, and is seen at all the local festivals. Brit sings lead and backup vocals as well as providing some light hearted moments during a show. Brit also runs a “jam” every second and forth Thursday nights at Haughton City Hall. Stop by and visit with Brit and his friends if you are ever in the area.
Rounding out the group on "Rosie", his stand up bass, is John Neilson from Mansfield. John provides the “anchor” in the music for the group and has played with the Blakes for five years. He plays the “straight man” of the group and sings lead and backup vocals.
The group has been described as a “High Energy Bluegrass Group” and that certainly seems to fit their playing style. For good music and a good time, you can’t do better than The Blake Brothers.
The Blake Brothers play your favorite Bluegrass songs, and enjoy praising the Lord with their own version of good old fashioned Bluegrass Gospel If you like pure acoustical music, and enjoy a good hand clappin’, foot stompin’ time, check out the Blake Brothers Bluegrass Band.