Still Pickin’

Traditional Country-Western Music

 

The Still Pickin’ Band has witnessed some evolution since it first appeared. It now consists of Jim Sharpley, Pat MacDonald and Dennis Sheridan.  The group’s philosophy remains pretty much the same as it was back in 2009.

The music of Still Pickin’ incorporates bluegrass, traditional country-western plus a wee bit of contemporary country. Some fun activities are offered that audiences always enjoy participating in and the band encourages their fans to sing along with them.

Newly formed in 2009, the founding members came to Still Pickin’ with extensive experience and a lengthy work history that included performing with many New England groups over the years and playing a variety of genres. The current version of Still Pickin’ can boast the same.

The original Still Pickin’ trio suffered a set back in 2010 when cancer claimed the life of it’s good friend and beloved lead guitar player, Fred Etheridge.   Remaining members Bob Coxx and Myrna Riquier took a lengthy hiatus to recover and adjust.  After restructuring, they began anew.

Down through the years, Still Pickin’ has continued to make  appearances at fairs, festivals, old home days, indoor concerts and private parties. In addition, they are well known throughout northeastern CT for their appearances at Senior Centers, retirement and assisted living facilities and nursing homes.  Now nearly a decade since its inception,  the name Still Pickin’ has become widely recognized.  To book this talented group for your own event, contact Jim Sharpley at 860-933-3147.

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

For a listing of upcoming dates visit  Facebook.com/stillpickinband.

Here’s a heads-up about a special concert coming up Saturday evening, October 13. This one will be in Middletown.  It will be a two-hour performance in the Patio Room of the Elks Club #771 located at 44 Maynard Street. Doors open 6:30 and show starts at 7PM. Tix are $10 at the door or you can make your reservation by calling 860-933-3147

This event is part of the Still Pickin’ tour of various Elks Clubs in CT which they have chosen as a platform to bring their music to those who love bluegrass and traditional country music.  But they also want to bring bluegrass to people who have not yet experienced it. Perhaps you know someone who you would like to introduce bluegrass to.  This concert will be a perfect chance.

The Patio Room will be set up cafe style so you’ll have the opportunity to sit at a table with some of your friends.  You may also bring your own snacks if you wish.  Mixed drinks, wine, beer, soda and water will all be available from the adjacent bar. We are requesting that smoking be suspended during this concert.

This area is new territory for Still Pickin’. The group has played Portland nearby in past years but this will be their first Middletown appearance open to the public.  We hope it will be the first of many concerts in Middlesex County.  And we hope to see you there.  Be sure to say hello to the band when you arrive. They will be happy to see you and your friends. 


Some contacts for Still Picklin’  include 860-933-3147  stillpickinband@gmail.com  or  slimrdusty@gmail.com


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

Lead singer, Dennis Sheridan, joined Still Pickin’ in early 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, came on board late in November 2017 as the group was closing out its season.  2018 will be her first full year with the group and her first year ever as a bass player.   Pat came to Still Pickin’ from Green Valley Bluegrass, her first performing band,  where she was the mandolin player. She tops off the high range harmony vocals for Still Pickin’.


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.  You may have even seen him over the years  on Channel 8 where he spent a number of years working for WTNH-TV reporting the news, traffic and weather.  After a musical hiatus, Jim joined up with Still Pickin’ in late 2010.  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, Patricia MacDonald.

 


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

Meet the Band

Jim Sharpley, Pat MacDonald , Dennis Sheridan

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