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Posted: Friday, September 13, 2013 2:56 pm | Updated: 4:18 pm, Fri Sep 13, 2013.

This Saturday, Sept 14, The Blue Canyon Boys return for the third annual BCB concert at Labadie Station. The concert falls a month later than in previous years, in hopes for cooler weather.

Band leader Jason Hicks is a Labadie native, which helps draw crowds of 400- plus bluegrass fans to the intimate outdoor venue. Jason, son of Debbie Wagonseller and the late David Hicks, has been based in Colorado for many years and most recently, while not working as a master cabinet maker, has been traveling the world with his band The Blue Canyon Boys promoting the band’s fifth CD.

Currents Editor Ethan Busse spoke with Jason about what has changed since last year’s concert.

Currents:

So you’re bringing the Blue Canyon Boys back to the area?

Jason Hicks:

Yes, we are coming back for our third annual BCB show at Labadie Station. We’re just excited to be coming back, and hopefully this year, being a month later will give us perfect weather for an outdoor evening bluegrass show.

Currents:

Is your return a co-effort between the BCB and Labadie Station?

Jason Hicks:

It was kind of a co-effort, the first year we just really wanted to find a place close to Labadie to play, for family and friends, and we found out that Labadie Station was wanting to start a concert series, so it was a great fit. We were actually the first Labadie Station concert. Had a great turnout both years, and it’s looking like it’s going to be a yearly event for a while. It’s a blast to come home and play in front of family and friends, people I grew up with and new people who are bluegrass fans. It’s a really fun time.

Currents:

Any changes in the band, or new music in the works?

Jason Hicks:

The bands the same, we have Drew Garrett on bass, Gary Dark on mandolin, Chris Elliott on the banjo and me myself, Jason Hicks, on the guitar. We all sing, and have been in this configuration for about two years now. Since we played Labadie Station last, we released our fifth CD, “Next Go ’Round,” which has been getting great airplay across the country, and actually some great world airplay. We’ve been playing some really fun gigs across the Western United States and Canada. We are bringing some new songs, some surprises that we didn’t have last year, some little things that people might not think could work as bluegrass songs, hopefully that entices people to come out.

Currents:

What was the best event that you have played so far this year?

Jason Hicks:

This year was the Shady Grove Bluegrass Festival up in Canada, in a little town south of Calgary. We played all three days as a headlining band. The people are so nice up in Canada. The countryside is beautiful rolling fields with a giant open sky, and you can see the Rocky Mountains in the distance. We played under the stars, at night, they had evening bonfires, it was really cool. The owner of the farm welded all kinds of heavy duty playground equipment for the kids, it was a really fun time. We’ve always had a good time when we go to Canada.

Currents:

You’ve been getting your new album “Next Go ’Round” out there this year?

Jason Hicks:

Yeah, we even got on Sirius XM with Chris Jones, the Bluegrass DJ, while we were up in Canada. We did an interview with him, we had never been played on Sirius before. That was very cool. We try to get on the community radio stations everywhere we go out of town. We try to help promote through those channels. We’re both in the same boat, trying to bring new and fun bluegrass to the listener. It’s good to be friendly with them. We even had a radio interview over Skype with a station in Malaysia that’s big into American country music.

Currents:

Sounds great! Anything else you’d like to mention to your fans here in Franklin County?

Jason Hicks:

We’re really excited to be coming back and playing for you, hope to see you out there on Saturday. Bring your lawn chairs, a picnic blanket and a picnic, something to drink. There should be some food available as well. Come hang out, we’re gonna do a big full show, and play until it’s too dark to play any more! I’m just excited to come back and share what I get to do with everybody!

With their traditional harmonizing vocals and hard-driving instrumental proficiency, this energetic band is driving audiences to their feet and keeping them there. With five well received albums of originals and interpretations of traditional songs by the likes of Bill Monroe and the Stanley Brothers, it’s easy to see why the Blue Canyon Boys have earned their place as one of Colorado’s most celebrated bluegrass bands.

The Blue Canyon Boys will perform at Labadie Station Saturday, Sept. 14, taking the stage at 6 p.m., gates open at 5 p.m. People are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, picnic baskets, coolers and bug-spray. Tickets are available at Labadie Station, 128 Front St., Labadie. For more info, visit www.bluecanyonboys.com or http://labadiestation.com.

The BCB will also be in St. Louis two weeks from now, for the Second Annual St. Louis Folk & Roots Festival at The Sheldon concert hall. If you miss them in Labadie, you can catch them Friday, Sept. 27, at the festival.

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