Traditional Country-Western Music
The music of Still Pickin’ incorporates traditional country-western, some old timey and bluegrass plus a wee bit of contemporary country. Songs range from mellow to up-tempo, all geared towards the specific audience. We include some fun activities that our audiences always enjoy participating in and we offer some familiar songs that the audience can sing along with.
Newly formed in 2009, the members of Still Pickin’ have extensive experience and a lengthy work history that includes performing with many New England groups over the years, playing a variety of genres.
Still Pickin’ suffered a set back in 2010 when cancer claimed the life of it’s good friend and beloved lead guitar player, Fred Etheridge. The group took a lengthy hiatus to recover and adjust. After restructuring they began anew. Their appearances include fairs, festivals, old home days, and private parties. In addition, they are well known throughout northeastern CT for their appearances at Senior Centers, retirement facilities, assisted living, nursing homes and other smaller venues and occasions.
News Alert – Still Pickin’ has a new CD. Pick it up at a concert or order at this web site.
2017 Concert Schedule
(Click Performances for street addresses)
Apr 25 Athena Health Care, Stafford Springs, CT 2:00 pm
May 01 Colonial Health, Plainfield, CT 2:30 pm
May 10 Orchard Grove, Uncasville, CT 2:30 pm
May 23 Senior Center, Lebanon, CT 12:30 pm
May 25 Senior Center, Willimantic, CT 10:30-11:30 am
Jun 03 Storrs Community Church, Coventry, CT 7:00 pm
Jun 14 Westview Health Care, Dayville, CT 2:30 pm
Jun 16 Bill Miller’s Castle, Branford, CT Private 5:30 pm
Jun 17 Burton Leavitt Theatre, Willimantic, CT time 7:30 pm
Jul 06 Three Rivers Nursing Home, Norwich, CT 2:00 pm
Jul 14 Pierce Baptist Home, Route 205, Brooklyn, CT 2:15 pm
Jul 26 Welles Country Village, 47 Welles Road, Vernon, CT 3:00 pm
Aug 12 Podunk Bluegrass Festival, Hebron, CT time 3:45 & 7:45 pm
Aug 14 Colonial Health, Plainfield, CT 5:00 pm
Aug 19 Shady Creek Homecoming Festival, Plainfield, CT TBD
Aug 22 Three Rivers Nursing Home, Norwich CT 6:00 pm This outdoor event is open to the public.
Oct 06 Athena Health Care, Stafford Springs, CT 2:00 pm
Oct 11 Westview Health Care, Dayville, CT 2:30 pm
Nov 01 Orchard Grove, Uncasville, CT 2:30 pm
Nov 07 Three Rivers Nursing Home, Norwich, CT 2:00 pm
Nov 22 Colonial Health, Plainfield, CT 2:30 pm
If you wish to hire Still Pickin’ for your event, you can do that through Gig Salad at www.gigsalad.com or you may contact the group directly. The Still Pickin’ season in CT is Mid-April through Nov. 30. The Still Pickin’ trio is not available in winter months although a Bob and Myrna duet, Slim Pickin’s, is available for small events.
Myrna Riquier, Booking
Lead singer, Dennis Sheridan, is the newest member of Still Pickin’. He plays guitar, mandolin and fiddle shares lead and harmony vocals. Dennis is a veteran of the Connecticut country music scene with 42 years of experience playing in various duets, trios and larger groups. He was the founding member of the popular band Bolton Notch and has performed in other noted bands including Heartland and Skyline Drive. Both Bolton Notch and Heartland received First Place awards in the Hartford Advocate annual Best Bands survey in the country music category. Dennis is also a songwriter with two CDs of original country music performed by Bolton Notch.
The group’s lead player, Jim Sharpley, started his music career as the lead vocalist and manager for his own Texas swing band, The Sharpshooters. And you may have even seen him over the years on Channel 8 reporting the news, traffic and weather. After a musical hiatus, Jim joined up with Still Pickin’ in 2011. He sings lead vocals and harmony and is relied upon as the group instrumentalist, playing lead guitar, banjo, steel guitar, Dobro and harmonica. And topping off his accomplishments, the multi-talented musician was inducted into the Connecticut Country Music Association Hall of Fame in 2007. Email Jim.
Bass player and senior member, Myrna Riquier, provides harmony vocals for the group. She publishes Upcoming Bluegrass Events at her web site and hosts the New England Bluegrass Showcase, an audio program aired twice-weekly on Charter TV where she has produced several TV shows. She has served on the Songwriter’s Committee of IBMA and has received a songwriting award from the Billboard Magazine Songwriting Competition. two awards from the Songwriters Association of Washington DC, plus six additional awards from the Song of the Year & Lyric Competition. Some of her award winning songs are included in the Still Pickin’ repertoire.
Meet the Band
“The group brought us beautiful harmonies and an entertaining blend of country, bluegrass and Americana music”
— Mike Milano, Owner , Quarry Ridge Golf Course and Restaurant
“…….your music is wonderful”
— Dalice Elizabeth Winery
“Your music and talents were truly enjoyed by all…”
— Marybeth LaFlame, Vice President, Franco American Civic & Social Club
“Our event was made marvelous by the entertainment of the wonderful and funny Still Pickin’ “
—Roxanne St. Jean, Director, Chaplin Senior Center
Back on My Mind
Roots of My Raisin’
Dream of Me
Goodbye To An Old Friend
The group Still Pickin’ was pulled together in 2009 with the assistance of Fred Etheridge, its first lead guitar player. Fred named the new group Still Pickin’ and enjoyed the opportunity to play his guitar with no restrictions placed upon him. With a lifetime of working in bluegrass and country bands, he thoroughly enjoyed making music and was always a lot of fun to work with. He had a great sense of humor and was a caring man, always supportive of his fellow musicians, whether they were accomplished or just starting out. It was with profound sadness that we saw Fred head off to Heaven on October 1, 2010.
In his last year, and amid declining health, Fred worked diligently along with Nick Anderson recording a CD. “Something to leave behind,” Fred had commented. Although extremely ill, he did not give up until the task was completed. The CD, produced by Nick Anderson of Shady Creek can be purchased by contacting Nick Anderson in Plainfield, CT.
Fred also wrote some songs, one of which, entitled What Would You Do, is on the CD. Listen to it by clicking the play button below.