almost two years of work, our latest project "Music is a Way of Life"
is now released. It features both Gospel and Bluegrass and
includes the new song, "Preacher Duncan". If you have heard it you know
it embodies what good music is all about. Congratulations to Britt
Green for his writing skills on it. We also feature Mr. Kent Gill on
vocals on "Sitting on Top of the World". He is a talent among talents.
Look for it soon or you can order it here through the magic of the
web. Hope to see you all soon, several parties and parades to play in
December, so look us up.
It is starting to be a great year for us again, as we have started the year with some really great shows. Enjoyed being at Big Sandy for their new start on a Bluegrass Show and Jam. Met lots of great people there and really had a good time. We will be back there later this year. Don't forget Sandyland Bluegrass reunion is coming up Sept. 14 and 15, always a great time for bands and fans alike. Spread the word on this festival as Sarah will not be mailing out flyers this year to try and cut costs to keep the fees low so everyone can come out and enjoy the weekend. See you there.
A special thanks to our loyal fans that seem to show up every where we play. You know who you are and we sure do appreciate you showing up for us.
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 318-564-3830. 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 Deadwood 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.