St. Patty's Day Set List 3-17-11 

Thursday, March 17, 2011 10:36:00 PM

Gerstle's 7:30-10:00 St. Patty's Day Set List 3-17-11

Set 1

*Red Haired Boy (Key A mixolydian)
Swallow Tail Jig/Swallow Tail Reel
Danny Boy (Key C) w/vocal
Port Lairge/Rakes of Mallow (Guinness on a Saucer) w/vocal
Back Home in Derry w/vocal
Spanish Lady w/vocal
Merrily Kiss the Quaker/Cooley's
Cockles and Mussels w/vocal
*Jerusalem Ridge (Key Am)
My Wild Irish Rose (Key G) w/vocal
Johnny Jump Up w/vocal
Rakes of Kildare (Am)
Irish Washerwomen (G)
Drunken Sailor (Key Am) w/vocal
*Soldier's Joy (Key D)

Set 2

*Whiskey before Breakfast
Foggy Dew
Lock Leven Castle (Am)
Star of Munster
Star of County Down (em)
*Salt River (A Mixolydian)
Black Velvet Band (Key D)
Molly Put the Kettle On
Fisher's Hornpipe (Key D)
*Big Sandy River
Join the British Army Cm
Merry Blacksmith/Glass Of Beer
South Winds
Rye Whiskey (Key E) w/vocal
*Blackberry Blossom

Current 2011 Line-up Song List 

Sunday, January 30, 2011 9:39:29 PM

Bluegrass Messengers Current 2011 Line-up: Me (Richard Matteson) in front with (2nd row) Jim Zils, Roger Miller and Roz Carothers. (Back Row) Mike Grissom and Rob Mitchum.

Here's most of our current song list:

My Old Home Place
Circle Be Unbroken
Blackberry Blossom
Jerusalem Ridge
Ballad of Jed Clampitt
All The Good Time Are Past and Gone
Duelin Banjos
Foggy Mountain Breakdown
I Am A Pilgrim
Wagon Wheel
Salty Dog
Big Sandy River
Old Joe Clark
I'll Fly Away
Salt River (Creek)
Red Haired Boy
Amazing Grace
In the Pines
Wabash Cannonball
Banjo Pickin' Girl
Alabama Jubilee
Man Of Constant Sorrow
Soldier's Joy
Whiskey Before Breakfast
Cripple Creek
Bile Dem Cabbage Down
Uncloudy Day
Roll In My Sweet Baby's Arms
Hallelujah I'm Ready
Fox on the Run
Get Up John

Bluegrass Messengers 2011 Line-up 

Sunday, January 30, 2011 9:20:03 PM


It's been ages since I've posted and the Bluegrass Messengers have changed. There have been two different bands since the last post, now there's a third band with two earlier members.

Here's the current 2011 line-up:

(Left to Right) Rob Mitchum (Mandolin)  Roz Carothers (Fiddle) Richard Matteson (Guitar- Vocals) Roger Miller (Banjo- Vocals) Jim Zils (Electric- Stand-up Bass) Mike Grissom (Dobro)

We've got some talent and more than that we love playing music. We have about two sets of songs and we are working on new songs that we will be adding shortly.



Performance at Ray's 9-5-09 

Wednesday, September 9, 2009 9:09:12 AM


Here is a recent Bluegrass Messengers photo of us (left to right: Brooke Burnette, Richard Matteson, Greg Newton) performing at Ray's Monkey House on Bardstown Road. We are playing at Ray's the second Sat. of every month at 8:30 pm.

photo by Bill Edwards


Messengers Performance May 29 

Tuesday, May 26, 2009 8:19:16 PM


As you know I'm revamping my group, the Bluegrass Messengers. We are practicing once a week and are performing on Friday May 29 at 6:00 at Ahoy Fish Hutt on 2902 Bardstown Rd. Louisville, KY 40205

Call (502)451-5508 for info.

We just about got a full band now that Roz has joined on fiddle and Wayne will be playing dobro and some on banjo.

I'm still working on the lyric section and have made it to letter H-I on the fiddle tunes and have started the Bluegrass Blues and Jazz Lyric section A-B. Only a few thousand hours to go lol....


Bluegrass Messengers begin performances 

Sunday, May 17, 2009 11:10:52 PM


The newly revamped Bluegrass Messengers played thier first gig at Ahoy Fish Hutt on Bardstown Road last Sat. May 16. We have potential but haven't played together long. We are practicing once a week at Highland UMC on Thursday.

I have two banjo students playing banjo and another one that will also help out soon. None of them are advanced enough to do many solos. Steve Watkins is playing mandolin and he's a fairly good picker and a fine instrument maker. Greg Newton played stand-up bass plus we have several back-ups for bass that can fill-in. I'm playing guitar and singing and Meredith Scott is singing. Meredith has a good voice and knows many of the gospel tunes, she's also harmonizing and singing the second parts. There's a fiddle player that might start practicing and performing soon too.

We'll be playing next Friday at Ahoy Fish Hutt on Bardstown Road from 6:00 to 8:00.

See you there,


First Blog 

Tuesday, February 17, 2009 10:45:03 AM

Welcome to Bluegrass Messengers blog!

Currently we are reorganizing in Louisville KY. I've been busy with two of my other bands and haven't had the energy to get the ball rolling here. Eventually I'll have a new band back together. There's alot of talented pickers in Louisville so I'm excited about the possibilities.

I'll start featuring different bluegrass and old-time artists in the coming weeks. If you want to pick give me a holler: 502-290-5090.

Richard Matteson


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