It’s a sad time for local music fans. One of the most beloved and followed honky-tonk bands in the area is taking a break from performing live after 20 years of entertaining us with their brand of original tunes and renditions of classics.
Halden Wofford is without a doubt one of the best performers, songwriters, and band leaders I have come across around here since Dusty Drapes and the Dusters (for those of you who were here in the mid-seventies). The talent in this group is nothing short of amazing. From left to right it’s the guitar and mandolin expert Greg Schochet. Schochet will continue playing with Snapshot and has a solo record written too. Hopefully that will get released soon. He and Katy Glassman are also working on a recording together.
Damon Smith is a special drummer in the country vein, as well as a great backup singer, songwriter, hat maker, and front man himself. Ben O’Connor is a topflight country-style bass player, equally comfortable on upright or electric. He has already landed with a local band called Sugar Britches. Bret Billings has been playing steel guitar for a long time around these parts. Expect to hear from him again, as he is too good to sit around for long before someone grabs him.
The band is playing two final shows that were booked long ago at Oskar Blues (thank you Danny Shafer). The first is this Saturday, January 18, in Lyons, and then Saturday, February 1 at Oskar’s in Boulder. These will be the last shows by The Hi*Beams for a while, so get out to these shows and give some good vibes and love to this great band.