Smelter Mountain Boys are a new bluegrass collaboration in Durango featuring some familiar faces of the area's music scene as well as some brand new ones.
Mostnotably Corey Clark whose voice and songs beckon to bluegrass music origins and roots. After some time with Clinton Gregory Bluegrass Band out of Nashville, TN, Corey Clark moved to Durango, CO and quickly met some local pickers who all saw an opportunity to fill a void of more traditional bluegrass, apart from the progressive sounds so pervasive in Colorado today.
Corey formed the Smelter Mountain Boys with; Brendan Shafer of Six Dollar String Band on banjo, this project lets Brendan focus on bluegrass style 3 finger picking, Steve Labowskie on bass (formerly of the Scrugglers) who is stretching out on a full Kay bass instead of the washtub he's mostly known for, Pete Donahue on mandolin was raised on Colorado bluegrass and the festival circuit. Peter draws from many musical genres outside bluegrass, he also shreds electric guitar and co-founded local infamous punk band, Your Bones. Tony Holmquist also frequently joins in on fiddle.
Together the boys play play a energized, some even say radioactive, traditional style of bluegrass chock full of high lonesome vocals and blistering instrumental breaks steeped in the mountain tradition.