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Giving Back to WNKU Touted as a local music icon, David Rhodes Brown has used his extensive talents to write, arrange and record his music; lead, book and perform with his bands and arrange showcases and benefits for other groups and artists. The release of his new CD project has even given birth to a NEW MUSIC FESTIVAL in the Cincinnati scene! Read the Full Story
Browngrass Festival 2011 The decision to move this year's festival outdoors was made to allow for a larger attendance as well as more bands and vendors in a family friendly atmosphere. This will be the first music festival in Rabbit Hash to utilize the permanent bandstand on the banks of the Ohio River. Read the Full Story
An Extravaganza of American Roots Music Ready for some good, old-fashioned, foot-stomping fun? Cincinnati's most talented musicians in American roots music perform an extravaganza of your favorites -  western swing, country, folk, bluegrass, blues, hillbilly jazz, and honky-tonk music - all in one unforgettable show! Read the Full Story
The Man Behind the Music David Rhodes Brown started singing in public as a choir boy. He joined his first band in 1964 and has been writing, playing and singing ever since. But who is David Rhodes Brown and what has made him who he is today? Read the Full Story

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Scott Risner

I began playing guitar when I was 10 years old while living in Verona, KY. The problem was that his guitar strings were about 3 inches above the frets. So, When I was 13 I played my Kay electric bass in front of the RCA Victor HiFi console stereo system while listening to Charlie Pride, Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty. By 16 I had my first real guitar and at 17 I made enough money stripping tobacco to by a Fender Stratocaster. Fortunately when in Vocational school, a friend asked him to hold his mandolin. After plucking around on it a few times it seemed to make sense to me.

By the time I was 21 I was playing bluegrass at all the Ground Round restaurants in the Cincinnati area with Spur ‘O the Moment and Ted Reddington and the Reddytones. In 1985 while playing a bluegrass festival in Indiana I was approached to join a new group out of Indianapolis named Classified Grass. This band included an up and coming fiddle player named Alison Krauss. For the next couple years Classified Grass played festivals in IN, KY, OH and PA.

In 1987 I moved to Rochester, NY where NOTHING important happened musically. Frustrated, I moved to Nashville to work as a graphic designer and played with Mike Scott and the All American Band. I made many life long friends in the Nashville music scene. Then in 1990 I joined J.D. Crowe and the New South as J.D. was coming out of retirement. My real job (paid the bills) took me from playing with J.D. and I moved back to Cincinnati. There I joined the Comet Bluegrass All Stars and the Lazy Boyz. In the 8 years that I was with the Comet Bluegrass All Stars we won 3 CAMMY and 3 Cincinnati Entertainment Awards for best bluegrass band in the Cincinnati area.

Blue Poppys
Tupelo Honey
Earl’s Gone Wild


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