Still Pickin’

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 – The 2017 Still Pickin’ CD, Reuben’s Train, is available to pick up at a concert or by email to stillpickinband@gmail.com

I used to list in this space the Still Pickin’ gigs for the season.  I am no longer up-to-date on that so you should now go to their Facebook site for that info; Facebook.com/stillpickinband but look close for there is another band on Facebook with the same name. Persevere and you will find the right one.


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.

 

Jim Sharpley, Booking

860-933-3147 – slimrdusty@gmail.com


Meet the new and improved Still Pickin’ Trio…..

Lead singer, Dennis Sheridan, joined Still Pickin’ in the summer of 2017.  He plays guitar, mandolin and fiddle. He also 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.

Bass player, Patricia Macdonald, joined the group in the fall of 2017. Pat tops off the high range harmony vocals.

 


The group’s banjo and dobro 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 plays a variety of instruments such as flat-top 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.

Jim now heads up the Still Pickin’ trio,  which consists of himself,  Dennis and their new bass player, pat MacDonald.

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Be sure to stop by the bandstand wherever you find this gifted group performing and say hello.  They love their fans.

Meet the Band

Still Pickin' - Left to right: Jim, Myrna, Bob

Left to right: Jim, Myrna, Bob

Some Kudos

“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

Music Samples From the 2010-2016
version of Still Pickin’

Back on My Mind

 

Ramblin’ Fever

 

Roots of My Raisin’

 

Dream of Me


Still Pickin’ over the years …

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Still Pickin’ 2017 - Present Dennis Sheridan, Jim Sharpley, Myrna Riquier
Still Pickin’ 2017 - Present Dennis Sheridan, Jim Sharpley, Myrna Riquier
Still Pickin’ 2010 – 2017 Jim Sharpley, Myrna Riquier, Bob Coxx
Still Pickin’ 2009 – 2010 Fred Etheridge, Bob Coxx, Myrna Riquier
Still Pickin’ 2009 – 2010 Fred Etheridge, Bob Coxx, Myrna Riquier

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.

Fred on the CD cover with Nick Anderson plus Mark Doyle on bass -2010
Fred picking at the Hawk's Nest Farm Festival in Plainfield, CT -2009
Fred in Hartford Hospital, always smiling, just days before his passing.-2010
Still Pickin’ 2009 – 2010 Fred Etheridge, Bob Coxx, Myrna Riquier
Still Pickin’ 2009 – 2010 Fred Etheridge, Bob Coxx, Myrna Riquier