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Truman's Ridge

Truman’s Ridge was organized January 2008 and is based out of Sycamore, Illinois, USA.

Single vocal microphone, well dressed, fast paced, with all the excitement of the early days of Bluegrass. Truman’s Ridge is known for its classic style, high energy, and tight harmonies and instrumentation. A bit of Folk, a hint of Jazz, and a touch of Swing: Bluegrass Music - "Chicago Style!"

Band Members:
Bruce Wallace (Banjo) – Sycamore, Illinois
Steve Sarver (Guitar) – DeKalb, Illinois
Mark Fowler (Mandolin) – McHenry, Illinois
Chris Johnson (Upright Bass) – Sycamore, Illinois

The original bass used in the band had been played at a dance celebrating the nomination of Harry Truman for president of the United States and was named “Truman”. Bruce’s father’s childhood farm was located at the foot of “Crowley’s Ridge” in Arkansas. The band combined these into the name “Truman’s Ridge”.

Cold Cold Feeling is the third CD from Truman's Ridge. Cold Cold Feeling contains 7 original songs and 7 cover versions of classic Bluegrass Songs.  Hard driving banjo and nimble mandolin combine with gospel influenced harmonies and some of the best lead vocals in bluegrass today. Two new instrumental numbers, covers of Johnny Cash, Bill Monroe, Jimmy Martin, and Bob Dylan, bluegrass “love” songs, 4 gospel numbers, and even some light “uneasy” listening make this album a must have both for fans of traditional bluegrass and listeners interested in new indie bluegrass music.
The band’s second CD, “Long Way Home”, was released in June 2010. This CD includes 17 songs, eight of which are original compositions by band members.
The first Truman’s Ridge CD, “Tru-Blue,” was released in May 2009. The CD includes 17 songs, four of which are original compositions by band members.
These CD’s have been featured on several radio stations throughout the U.S. and in Europe. "Cold Cold Feeling", "Long Way Home", and "Tru-Blue" can be ordered through .

Truman's Ridge is a member of the following organizations:
Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America (SPBGMA)
Northern Illinois Bluegrass Association (NIBA)
Southern Wisconsin Bluegrass Music Association Inc. (SWBMAI)

Additional Information regarding Truman’s Ridge including mp3’s, video clips, and an appearance schedule can be found at .

We play concerts and festivals in Illinois, Missouri, and Wisconsin. We are also available for bookings in Minnesota, Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, and Michigan.

Here is what others have said about Truman’s Ridge:

“Truman’s Ridge serves up a lightning-fast set of traditional bluegrass and gospel numbers.”
“the entire experience was marvelous”
“a WONDERFUL evening of worship, fellowship and truly phenomenal music”
“These guys are real troopers”
“unique sound ... real crowd pleasers”
“one of the best bands of the day.”
“You all Rock! (in a bluegrass fashion)”

Truman’s Ridge is now booking for the 2013 and 2014 seasons.
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