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Gruff say goodbye

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One of the saddest shows of the week was the last one ever from Victoria bluegrass/country/folk trio the Gruff on April Terri Upton and Jenny Ritter of the Gruff at the Slice, April 14. Photo by Richard Amery14 at the Slice
 The girls — Phaedra Kemp, Terri Upton and Jenny Ritter were personable, cute and monstrously talented as always, sounding  a little like the Dixie Chicks if they’d stayed a bluegrass band. Chris Herbst added some beautiful dobro.

The Crooked Brothers and The Gruff sing together. Photo By Richard AmeryThey had beautifully spine tingling vocal harmonies, great melodies and folksy songs. They told stories and opened their  second set with a country version of Enter Sandman.
Winnipeg country band the Crooked Brothers opened with a  strong set of laid back original country rock music. The trio switched between a variety of instruments including banjo, dobro and mandolin and joined the Gruff on stage for a last song to add some harmony vocals.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat editor

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