I love old time music. Sometimes I see it referred to as “Americana” nowadays.Thats cool. whatever it is, I have an affinity for acoustics. These players are from Plant City, just east of Tampa, Florida. The band was billed as “The little girl and the dreadful snakes”, but has been somewhat shortened to just “The dreadful snakes”.
These are fun folks to know. Cheri Hornsby (bass), Ken Bailey ( banjo), John Short (mando), Lucien Tender (guitar), and Charlie Boone (guitar) is a lineup of all stars from the CFBA. I have had a great time working with the band over the past couple of months, so much that I have taken over one hundred photos of them. Some range back over a couple years because these are the folks from my neck of the wood.
Ken Bailey is an amazing Luthier, his shop he produces a line of his own custom instruments on the north side of Plant City. Inside you can smell the wood and glue and varnish. There are vintage instruments rarely seen being repaired and restored right on the bench and everywhere you look in the shop. The guitars are sweet, and I am convinced that there isn’t anything you can not do with wood. To find out more about Ken Bailey Acoustic shop, click here.
Cheri is in a couple of bands, too, the “Cotton Eye Does” is an all female lineup that you can often see around the campfires and gatherings of the Sertoma Youth Ranch and the Central Florida Bluegrass Association, amung other stuff. Her graceful presence contrasts and compliments the men on stage, and she makes playing the double bass look so easy.
These folks are passionate about the music and it shows. And they are just regular local folk that you love to meet and are fun to know.
The Dreadful Snakes just played Skippers Smokehouse in Tampa, 18 January, 2012. photos and audio are available from several sources on the net. The fastest way to reach the band for booking or for your own copy of the music is thru the Facebook page.
more links to come:)
Taken @ Boones Tree Farm, 11-11 2011 near Plant City, Florida EF50mm