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Not all pickin’ and grinnin’: Concert to honor fallen 14

Though the 10th anniversary of the Storm King tragedy is still a month away, people from as far away as Montana are already thinking about it.

Next week Kane’s River, a Montana-based bluegrass band, will play a free show for firefighters and the community as part of the Colorado Wildfire Training Academy’s Glenwood Springs and Carbondale training session.

The concert will be particularly special because Kane’s River plays a tribute song named “Storm King.”



“There’ll be a lot of feelings going around that day,” said Wendy Fischer, Colorado Wildfire Academy’s training coordinator.

“Storm King” was written by Dave Reynolds, who lives in Canyon Creek, as a remembrance for the 14 firefighters who died in a wildfire on Storm King Mountain on July 6, 1994.



“From my deck you can see Storm King,” said Reynolds. “It was within a quarter-mile of where I live. I can’t sing the song without almost not being able to get through it.”

Reynolds originally wrote and recorded the song with John Lowell to benefit the families of the firefighters who died.

Last year, Lowell’s band, Kane’s River, played “Storm King” at the Sunlight Bluegrass Festival on the ninth anniversary of the firefighters’ deaths.

This year Reynolds and George Gertz booked Kane’s River to play the North Fork Valley Bluegrass Festival in Hotchkiss June 11 and 12, and decided to see if they could get the band to play a free show for the 1,000 firefighters who will be training in Glenwood next week.

“We thought, ‘Hmm, maybe this is the way to have this happen for the firefighters,'” said Gertz.

“It’s a thank-you to the firefighters not only for Storm King, but for Coal Seam as well,” he said, referring to the 2002 fire that destroyed 29 homes in the Glenwood area.

Though the show is a thank-you for the firefighters, it is sure to be a great time and is open to everyone.

And, getting a band like Kane’s River to play locally and for free is quite a treat.

The band’s most recent album, “Same River Twice” is at number nine on the bluegrass charts, and the group has recorded top-10 singles.

Each Kane’s River show is different and embraces a variety of musical genres, from Celtic to traditional banjo and fiddle tunes, said bassist Dave Thompson.

“We basically play music we like,” he said. “We’re not as traditional as Open Road, and we’re not as out there as String Cheese.”

The band often wins fans with its improvised performances and creative, fun style.

People often say to the band, “Boy, I didn’t think I liked bluegrass, but I sure like your guys’ music,” said Thompson.

Contact Ryan Graff: 945-8515, ext. 520

rgraff@postindependent.com

The Scoop

What: Kane’s River free concert for firefighters and public

Where: Two Rivers Park, Glenwood Springs

When: 7 p.m. Thursday, June 10

What: Kane’s River free concert for firefighters and public

Where: Two Rivers Park, Glenwood Springs

When: 7 p.m. Thursday, June 10


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