It's HERE!! So long awaited and you can download it right now!

Welcome

Welcome to the online home of the Double Down Daredevils!   We are a Minnesota based Bluegrass Band playing Bluegrass and Americana music with a special emphasis on 2, 3 and 4 part vocal harmonies.    As you explore our website, you will find video and audio clips, photo's, song-lists and performance calendar and more!     

The Double Down Daredevils are a member band of the Minnesota Bluegrass and Old time Music Association and The Southeast MN Bluegrass Association

Date Event Location
MBOTMA Winter Weekend Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West , Plymouth, MN 55441 Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West , Plymouth, MN 55441
 —  — Badger Hill Brewing Badger Hill Brewing, Shakopee, MN 55379 Badger Hill Brewing, Shakopee, MN 55379
 —  — The Barrel House The Barrelhouse, Red Wing, MN The Barrelhouse, Red Wing, MN
The Steeple Center The Steeple Center, Rosemount, MN 55068 The Steeple Center, Rosemount, MN 55068
 —  — South St. Paul Arts Council Croatian Hall, South St Paul, MN 55075 Croatian Hall, South St Paul, MN 55075
 —  — Badger Hill Brewing Badger Hill Brewing, Shakopee, MN 55379 Badger Hill Brewing, Shakopee, MN 55379
SEMBA May Festival Cushon's Creek Campground, Houston, MN 55943 Cushon's Creek Campground, Houston, MN 55943
SEMBA May Festival Cushon's Creek Campground, Houston, MN 55943 Cushon's Creek Campground, Houston, MN 55943
SEMBA May Festival Cushon's Creek Campground, Houston, MN 55943 Cushon's Creek Campground, Houston, MN 55943
Glewwes Castle Brewing Glewwes Castle Brewing, Prior Lake, MN Glewwes Castle Brewing, Prior Lake, MN
Private Party  
 —  — Salo Park Amphitheater Salo Park Amphitheater, St Anthony, MN 55421 Salo Park Amphitheater, St Anthony, MN 55421
St. Phillips Lutheran Church St Philip’s Lutheran Church, Hastings, MN St Philip’s Lutheran Church, Hastings, MN
Zumbrota Concerts in East Park Zumbrota East Park, Zumbrota, MN Zumbrota East Park, Zumbrota, MN
 —  — Picks and Pints at Kinney Creek Kinney Creek Brewery, Rochester, MN Kinney Creek Brewery, Rochester, MN
 —  — Eagan Market Fest Eagan Market Fest, Eagan Eagan Market Fest, Eagan

Busy Fall season coming up ! 

It's been a busy year for the Daredevils so far.    Just looking back at 2022 we played 15 shows.    In 2023, by the time it's over, we will have played 28 shows!     Now bear in mind, we are not a full time band.  Most of us still have jobs.  In addition, some of us play in other groups.  Phil has a 3 piece group he calls The Eclectics.  Brin and Mary Ellen are both in the Moss Piglets, and I stay busy with solo and duo shows  

A couple of important dates coming up yet this year.    This Sunday October 22nd and again on November 26th,  and December 10th we will be at Badger Hill Brewing in Shakopee.   This is a great brewery in their new location in Canterbury Park.    

On October 28th, DDD returns to HAC.   The Hastings Arts Center.  Located in a former church with great sound and acoustics we will probably us this event to showcase some of our best a capella harmonies.   For reservations and ticket info contact the Hastings Arts Center at 651-437-4320

November 11th, as part of the Minnesota Bluegrass and Old Tim Music Associations Fall Jam event at the Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West, we will have a one hour set at 1 pm.  This as part of a recent recordings showcase the event organizers put together to showcase member bands.   This event requires paid admission but your wristband gives you access to the entire festival including more than 20 acts on 3 stages, pro level workshops, round the clock jamming and more.  Get all the info on that event at:  https://www.minnesotabluegrass.org/Fall-Jam-2023

Then on December 2nd our 8th annual show at Hobgolin Music in Red Wing.   We played our very first ticketed show here in 2016   Playing Hobgoblin for us is very much like coming home.   Gary and Eve Stone are like family to us and the venue, in the hayloft of the barn has the most amazing acoustics.   I think we all agree that this is always a very special show and you won't want to miss.  Reserve your seats by calling Hobgoblin Music  at 651 388-8400 

And we are already booking up for 2024.  If you'd like to have the Double Down Daredevils at your venue, email us at doubledownbluegrass@gmail.com  Or you can reach me directly at 612-232-5292  

The CD is here !! 

Wow.  It's been a busy summer already an then after what seems like forever, The CD project is finally done!!   We were able to introduce the album at our gig in Currie MN  (My home town !)   It is 14 songs including 10 originals.   You can buy it right here on our website https://doubledownbluegrass.com/store  Or download it from your favorite streaming platform!  Physical CD's are also available at our shows or see any band member! 

Speaking of shows!  We are so pleased to be hosting our CD Release party during the August Festival!  Friday night at 10 pm we will have a full hour at the Ranch house !  Please come and help us celebrate!

 

March is Amazing ! 

Wow.  After January and February being so quiet March has come in like a lion musically for the Daredevils !    First we were honored to be chosen to open for the Headline band -Mile 12- at MBOTMA's Winter Bluegrass Weekend festival.   We had a good show and a great time on the main stage and really all weekend long!   Then, just a week later we were asked to open for the Gibson Brothers at the Cedar Cultural Center!   Can't wait to see what comes next!

Double Down Daredevils to Open for The Gibson Brothers a the Cedar! 

News Flash!    The Double Down Daredevils will open for The Gibson Brothers at the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis, Saturday March 12th!     This is a BIG deal !   The Gibson Brothers have been an inspiration to us from the very start.  In fact, at the beginning of this band, Nathan and I covered so many of their songs we used to joke that we were a Gibson Brothers Tribute band!    To be opening for them is just amazing, and at the Cedar no less.   True confession here:   I have a personal list of venues that I want to play "someday" and the Cedar is near the top of that list!    This is going to be so exciting.    Tickets are available Click Here    See you at the Cedar on Saturday!

Exciting News! 

Okay, I know it's been a while since I posted here.   We had this little pandemic thing kinda took the wind out of the sails for a little while. but... it's 2022 and we are moving forward with a bunch of exciting news!

  The Double Down Daredevils have been chosen to be the local opening act for National Headliner "Mile 12" at MBOTMA's Winter Bluegrrass Weekend !    We will be on the main stage Saturday night at 7 pm.   Get all the information and tickets at:  https://www.minnesotabluegrass.org/    Hope we see you there !

 

2020 Vision! 

Wow.  The new Year is here already.  It's going to be another exciting year for the Daredevils!    We are heading for the studio (FINALLY !) late in January to record our first CD. Still somewhat fluid but it looks like about 60% original songs and the other 40% will be covers carefully chosen to highlight our strengths    This will be a process I'm sure and really exciting for most of us who have never done any studio recording before.  I hoping to have some photos and video of the sessions I can share in this blog so stay tuned!

Pretty much taking January and part of February off from performing to focus on the recording project but then we'll be back at it with the Big Turn Festival in Red Wing, February 21st and 22nd   We play at 7 pm Saturday at United Lutheran Church.  This is a BIG deal folks.  200 bands in more than 20 venues in downtown Red Wing.    Check out   The Big Turn Website for tickets and schedule information.     Then in March we will be at the MBOTMA Winter Bluegrass Weekend doing some of the songs from the new CD.   Check out MN Bluegrass.org for all the details on that event!     The following Saturday, March 13th we will be at Juniors in River Falls!  A new venue for us and we are so excited to play there!   That's going to be a Fun 3 hour show you won't want to miss!

For those in the Red Wing Area, I will be offering a songwriting workshop on February 5th at the Red Wing Arts Association Gallery.  That's in the Depot in Red Wing.  This will be the first of what the Arts Association hopes will become a series of "First Wednesday Workshops" on various topics of interest to the creative community in Red Wing and the surrounding area.   I'll share a few of my songs, along with some insights into the craft of songwriting as I have experienced it so far.

The calendar page  (Shows) will be continuously updated now as more booking are solidified for the year.    so be sure to check back often and come and see us when we are in your area!

 

 

Playing in Red Wings Living Room 

3 years ago, about the time we started this band actually, I made it a goal to play on this stage.   Check another one off the bucket list !!  We played the Central Park Bandshell... what we like to call Red Wings Living Room, last night as part of the Red Wing Arts Association Summer Concert Series. And it was every bit as much fun as I'd hoped it would be.    Great audience  (we are guessing 350 or so?)   and we had the absolute best weather all summer.   Low 70's no humidity and no bugs.   I couldn't have ordered it any better.    We played for almost 2 hours with a very short  break and I could have kept going..  It was the kind of show.that reminds you why you do this.   Professional sound by Mike Murphy.  The band was "on it"  Tim actually set his bass amp on fire.....  No literally, smoke and everything.     It's now 24 hours latter and I still want to grab  my guitar and run back out there.    Too much Fun !

Minnesota Bluegrass and OT Music Festival 

Another Minnesota Bluegrass August Festival is in the books.  This one was the 40th Anniversary, and what a  celebration it was!   I don't even remember how many of these festivals I have been to now but El Rancho Manana feels like a second home to me now and when we all gather there for the weekend, it feels just like a family reunion.   This year I was there for 4 days and 4 nights and it still wasn't near long enough.  The weather was beautiful - well, okay we could have lived with a little less rain on Saturday but at least it settled the dust.   The Ranch House stage was rocking every night.  There is just so much talent assembled there!   Couple of highlights for me was the Mabel and Me set at the Ranch House on Thursday.   Friday night the Double Down Daredevils did a full hour show at the Ranch House.  Saturday Guitar Showcase on the Showcase Stage with Clay Hess, Mike Cramer and Stash Wyslouch.   All three are amazing guitarists.  Stash probably has the most interesting story having found his way into Bluegrass and Old Time Music via punk / heavy metal   Saturday night Headline show was Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder.   I've been watching Ricky Skaggs since he was in Emmy Lou Harris' Hot Band.    The man puts on a show!.  It's very well put together from an organizational standpoint.   You can tell this was not just 7 guys who got together under a tree somewhere and said "hey, we should start a band"   He sang a bunch of the old favorites like "Uncle Pen" along with some newer songs.  Kinda heavy on the instrumentals for my taste but with pickers like that I didn't really mind so much!  I'd been hoping for a version of "Country Boy" but alas, that did not happen.    Clay Hess spent some time in Kentucky Thunder as the hot picker.   At the showcase he said that going into Rickys band he knew he would have to be rock solid at 200 beats per minute.  For anyone who doesn't know.... that's really fast !     Of course the jamming was awesome too.   All day and on into the night till nearly dawns early light.   Funny how you can be so bone tired you can barely keep your eyes open and then somebody says "it's your turn" and you pick something you hope you can remember in your somewhat addled state, and you turn in one of your best songs of the evening!

The 40th Anniversary Festival will be one of those events that sets the bar for all future festivals.   It was so much fun it never even occurred to me to take any pictures

 

"From Moville to Red Oak" 

Here is video #4 from our night at the Hastings Community TV station in June. 
This one is an instrumental written by Phil Nusbaum called "From Moville to Red Oak".   Hope you enjoy it. 

Thanks for watching!

"She's Not Here" 

Here is video #3 from our night at the Hastings Community TV station in June. 
This is the second song written and sung by Brin Peterson called "She's Not Here".   Hope you enjoy it. 

Thanks for watching!

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