Casey Dennis originally hails from darkest suburbia but wised up and moved to Vermont in the 1970’s. He came to the bass guitar the usual way: by virtue of being the tallest guy in the band. He has been a member of Road Apple, Fly By Night, the Michael Hurley band, Last Fair Deal, Automatic Pilot, Sensible Shoes, the Prairie Dogs, Gusano, the Oleo Romeos, Dr. Burma, and many other ensembles–and has enjoyed every minute of it. Casey also writes mystery novels set in Vermont and Florida under the name C.I. Dennis.
Jim purchased a Dobro, resophonic guitar in 1974 at the age of 17 and immediately started playing gigs with his older brother Mike as duo called the “Pitman Brothers”. Covering classic country rock/folk/bluegrass tunes as a duo, trading off guitar/banjo and guitar/dobro, he continued playing during college and through the early 80s touring New England for a couple of years. By 1982 Jim had purchased and learned to play pedal steel guitar playing with various local country music acts eventually joining a successful central VT group, “Jamie Lee and the Rattlers” in 1994. With this band some national touring resulted in winning a band contest in Branson Missouri and a recording of a CD in LA. After this ten year stint, Jim played with various VT bands, Tammy Fletcher and the Disciples, Abby Jenny and the Enablers, and The WDEV Radio Rangers, to name a few until finally joining the Stone Cold Roosters as a founding member in 2003. Jim performs as a member of the successful music/theatre group, “The Ground Hog Opry” and also appears as sideman instrumentalist on a multitude of local recordings over the years including Jon Fishmans’s CD, of Phish fame, “Pork Tornado”. Jim’s day job is electrical engineer.
This native Vermont songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and record producer has released acclaimed recordings with his own band The Stone Cold Roosters, and Vermont artists like Patti Casey, Myra Flynn, Justin Levinson, Lewis Franco, Pete Sutherland and many more. Colin recently won the USA Songwriting Competition First Prize in the Jazz category for his song “Old Porch Swing.” Lending his smooth voice and string wizardry to the best music coming out of these hills, Colin McCaffrey is what the Burlington Free Press calls ” A Green Mountain treasure worth unearthing.”
At the Skunk Hollow Tavern in Hartland Four Corners. The Roosters take over their favorite coop this Friday, May 22nd from 9-12. It’s like having roosters in your living room. The food is great and after the dinner hour they push the tables out and the bopping begins. With Colin J. McCaffrey, Ted Mortimer, Jim Pitman, Thal Aylward, Casey Dennis and Roy Cutler. Let’s have some fun.
We had so much fun last night at Sweet Melissa’s. Enormous thanks to Jason and Melissa for all that they do for music in the state. And thanks to ALL the folks who came out. Looking forward to the next time.
After the last site had been hacked by an international cartel of CIA-financed hackers, we decided to wipe the slate clean and start over. I think we’ll pay a little more attention to security this time around.
Meanwhile, we are going to be performing this evening at the Salt Hill Pub in Lebanon, NH.