Butch Waller & High Country

Over the last 30 years, High Country has become one of the West Coast’s premier traditional bluegrass bands. Strongly influenced by the classic styles of Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, and the Stanley Brothers, High Country’s repertoire offers a vital mix of powerful standards—from blues to breakdowns to gospel tunes sung in close harmony—and original songs that remain true to the genre, paying careful attention to the varied nuances of the bluegrass style. The group’s lineup includes Butch Waller (who founded the group in 1968) on mandolin and lead vocals, Bob Waller on guitar, Larry Cohea on banjo, newcomer Jim Mintun on dobro, Tom Bekeny on fiddle, and Glenn Dauphin on bass.

High Country has toured extensively in the United States and has played many of the major bluegrass festivals, including Bill Monroe’s Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival, at which they were the first West Coast band ever to be invited to perform. European audiences have been particularly appreciative of the band during tours, which have included performances in the U.K., France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Holland and Finland. High Country has seven albums to their credit including their latest, “The Earthquake.” According to Billboard Magazine, High Country “has the kind of bright, warm, Flatt and Scruggs sound that dominated bluegrass in the 60s...a welcome switch from technical flash to back porch virtuosity.” With driving rhythms, skillful picking, and soulful singing, High Country brings the energy and experience of six seasoned professionals and three decades of performing to the bluegrass scene.

This artist appears in Jubilee #717: Butch Waller & High Country.