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The Badly Bent

by The Badly Bent

Winners of the 2005 Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Competition - High Energy Traditional Bluegrass
Genre: Country: Bluegrass
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Cold Sheets of Rain
2:40 $0.99
2. Same Old Bluegrass Story
3:07 $0.99
3. Where's That Cold Wind Come From?
3:43 $0.99
4. Dusty Knob
2:57 $0.99
5. Rank Strangers
3:51 $0.99
6. Brown Mountain Light
3:52 $0.99
7. Spinning Wheel
3:16 $0.99
8. Love Me or Leave Me Alone
2:39 $0.99
9. If That's The Way You Feel
3:57 $0.99
10. More Dollars Than Sense
2:56 $0.99
11. Butcher Boy
5:26 $0.99
12. Remington Ride
5:01 $0.99
13. Coal Tattoo
4:01 $0.99
14. Grandfather's Clock
4:28 $0.99
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Album Notes
Winners of the 2005 Telluride Bluegrass Festival band competition, The Badly Bent is a high-energy, traditional bluegrass band based in Durango, Colorado. The band features tight lead and harmony vocals, award-winning instrumental performances, and a warm, friendly stage presence. The Badly Bent is comprised of Patrick Dressen (guitar), Robb Brophy (mandolin), Jimmy Largent (bass), and Mark Epstein (banjo).

This self-titled CD is their first recording project. Although many of the band's members have recorded previously with other projects, this CD represents an effort that many feel captures the spirit and energy of their live performances, which are well-known in the communities in which they've played.

This project benefitted from the input from a number of well-known professionals in the recording/music industry. The project was recorded in Durango at Eagle Sound, engineered by Doug Eagle. The band's mentor, coach, and producer was Sally Van Meter, famous for her amazing playing on the dobro but even more for her production of a number of other famous bluegrass artists, including Open Road, Yonder Mountain String Band, and others. This project was mixed by Grammy-award winner Sally Van Meter and James Tuttle of Airshow Mastering. The project was mastered by David Glasser, Grammy-award winner also of Airshow Mastering.

"Spirited picking and vocals that manage to capture both the fun of the front porch and the intricacies of modern bluegrass.
The Badly Bent features several distinctive lead vocalists and clever arrangements, real assets for any bluegrass group.

This CD sounds great!"
Tim Stafford, Blue Highway

Our Story

The Badly Bent has its roots in a number of well-known bluegrass bands throughout the country. It's members believe that bluegrass music is a music form that appeals to a wide range of audiences, both in terms of age and demographics. The band prides itself on its ability to engage its audiences through solid, tightly played music and through the connection the band makes with audience members.

The Badly Bent has been performing for audiences across the West and continues to gain popularity amongst newgrass, jam band fans and traditional bluegrass fans alike. They are impressing audiences whereever they play with their picking finesse and style and their fabulous harmonies. You really shouldn't miss this project!



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jeff johannesmeyer

great harmony...a lot of energy
Kept me going start to finish. Great sounds and great vocals. Thanks

Kevin Stevens

Captures the great energy of this band
I heard this band in Denver in February and loved their live show. This CD is great. I especially like the originals. Highly recommended.

Richard N. Smith

From the mountains of North Carolina, that's some fine Bluegrass music!
Your style of Bluegrass is as refreshing as a Coors beer...thanks for a great cd.

Joe Ross

Very solid bluegrass band with plenty to enthuse a far wider national audience
Playing Time – 51:58 -- Based in Durango, Colorado, The Badly Bent demonstrates that they are a very solid regional band with plenty to enthuse a far wider national bluegrass audience. They clearly have a bluegrass bent, along with plenty of inherent passion for the music. With a contemporary edge, The Badly Bent pushes the interpretive envelope, especially when they are presenting originals such as “Where’s That Cold Wind Come From?,” “Dusty Knob,” and “More Dollars Than Sense.” Special guest Cindi Trautmann sings the former. The second is an instrumental that accelerates when composer and banjo-player Mark Epstein brings it home. The latter song bursts with hustle, and their racing performance reaches a smoldering extreme for the band’s capabilities. The band also draws material from the likes of Randall Hylton (“Cold Sheets of Rain”), Bill Bryson (“Love Me of Leave Me Alone”), The Wright Brothers (“Same Old Bluegrass Story”). While other songs are from Ralph Stanley and Albert Brumley, the band definitely branches into other territory further afield than their album’s “traditional bluegrass” subtitle might suggest.

Produced by Sally Van Meter, The Badly Bent’s debut album is chock-full of zeal and velocity. Nimble-fingered Indiana native Mark Epstein is a masterful banjo-player, especially as he tears up a standard like “Remington Ride.” Epstein has thirty years of experience as a musician and was a recent guest with the San Juan Symphony Orchestra. The rest of the band includes Bill Adams (resonator guitar), Rob Brophy (mandolin, vocals), Patrick Dressen (guitar, vocals), and Jeff Hibshman (bass). Adams is originally from South Carolina and took up resonator guitar in 1992. Brophy is a Colorado native who earned an associates degree in bluegrass music from South Plains College in Levelland, Tx. Dressen, originally from South Dakota, has lived in Colorado since 1967. He’s the 1991 Colorado flatpick guitar champion and 1994 Rockygrass mandolin champion. Hibshman, a founding member of The Badly Bent, recently returned to the band as their rock solid, innovative bassist. Some of their most soulful renditions are those featuring guest Cindi Trautmann’s fiddling and vocalizing (“Butcher Boy”).

This band has a bad case of bluegrass enthusiasm. Collectively, they give us some charged-up music on a generous 52-minute album that will turn some heads. It’s gratifying to know that they are receiving considerable airplay around the world on both standard and internet-based radio. Stay tuned for more excitement from this Colorado band. (Joe Ross, staff writer, Bluegrass Now)

Cathy H

Loved them in Telluride - CD is next best thing!
I love the harmonies on this CD, and there is a decent variety of songs. Great for road trips, listening while I'm working, or belting out songs while cleaning house! This is one of my absolute favorite bluegrass CDs. Way to go, guys!

Marc Dralus

The Badly Bent
I saw these guys last month out in Fruita, Co and was knocked off my feet. Great songs, lots of originality and this CD takes right off with "Cold Sheets of Rain" and just never lets up. I really love the instrumental tracks as well. Tunes that catch you right off and some mighty fine pickin'. Thanks for offering this music and I'll catch you again down the road!