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“Troglograss” is a virtual underground Bluegrass band, like Alan Jackson stuck in a cave with the Sam Bush Band. Tight playing with a big voice that rocks the grass off the hill tops. Tim Sublette’s  writing  mixes old school bluegrass traditions with “not quite grass” jazz and contemporary flavor. Music raised in the cave country of the Missouri Ozarks and played by some of the finest Midwest acoustic musicians. Tim has brought together national champion pickers with a selection of Kansas City’s best Jazz and classical musicians to tell this true story of Ozark history. It is the hope that through this music the old legends, people and places can be passed along to other generations just as fiddle tunes were passed along one generation to the next. So sit back, close your eyes and let the ears take you on a journey along the bluffs, caves and waterways of the Missouri Ozarks. Here lives the story of Cotton’s Cave.

  Troglograss is comprised of cavemen (and cavewoman): James Albright (ac. Bass, vocal arr., harmony vocal) you will hear in holding down the bottom of the rhythm section in the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra  or perhaps in the Northland Symphony  when not gigging with any number of Kansas City’s Club bands. Daylight hours are often spent teaching at William Jewel College or working in the studio. Ann Brock (harmony vocal) is a veteran of many of the Midwest Country Opry shows and fronts the wonderful group Fresh Cut Grass with her husband. Much of Ann’s time is spent taking care of business with the St. Joseph Symphony.  Terry Brock (violin) has busy days teaching in the St. Joseph school system however in the evenings you might catch him playing at the St. Joseph Symphony, an Opry Show, sharing the stage in Fresh Cut Grass or playing fiddle for any of Kansas City’s finest Country acts. Ray DeMarchi (drums, perc ) I first met when he was directing the Eight O’Clock Band at Johnson County Community College however I might have just as likely have encountered him teaching at U.M.K.C. or William Jewel. You may have heard Ray performing at Kansas City’s Starlight Theater, Lyric Opera or any number of Jazz venues in Kansas City.  Bruce Graybill (mandolin) is a 2 time first place winner in the mandolin contest at the National Flat-pick Championships. Bruce can be heard playing with his jazz group Hot Strings or in a number of other string groups in the K.C. area. He is an endorsing artist for Weber mandolin, past president of the Classical Mandolin Society of America and has 2 solo C.D.’s out. Kirk Lee (lead vocal, banjo) may be found behind any instrument with strings it all played with truth and passion for the instrument and the music. Kirk may be heard playing guitar for the Bluegrass Tornado’s , a duo with his talented wife Mary or the old time string band Uncle ‘backie Juice. Kirk is also an alumni of Fresh Cut Grass and has a solo C.D. “Covey Rise”.  Joe Payne (steel string guitar, guitar solo ) has been living in New York for the better part of a decade working as the guitarist for the Broadway Production of Jersey Boys. Joe is also no stranger to the winners circle of the National Flat-pick Championships and is also an alumni of Fresh Cut Grass. Tim Sublette (prod.,music, lyric, arrangement, nylon and steel string guitars) is owner and head instructor at Smithville Music Studio, north of Kansas City. He worked in various country and cover groups over the years including sharing the stage at times with the Bluegrass Tornados and Fresh Cut Grass. Tim formerly arranged music for the Boston Arts Council , taught in the Boston area including Northeastern University. Tim has one solo C.D. “Minor Details” and the single “Don’t Know” both available on C.D. Baby and other locations. Recorded and engineered by Albright Productions, Liberty Mo.

This is the story on my tune:"DON'T KNOW" , released in Aug. of 2013.

     I had only limited contact with Grammy winner Joe Sublett (Phantom Blues Band) in 2012.  Still, I decided to attempt to lure this distant cousin into a music project of mine.  I found him understandably cautious when I  mentioned his playing on a "family" project.  You see, not only was it my tune and arrangement, my guitar playing, but my daughter Jamie was singing harmony and my son Chris playing bass. All the danger signs were there, despite reassurance that alos some of Kansas City's inest musicians were involved in the project, as well as a fine vocalist out of New York.  (James Albright, Ray DeMarchi, Ken Lovern, Farncile Albright Mullen).  However, after sending a rough cut of the track and sorting through many details, he was in.  With some serendipity we found that the Phantom Blues Band would be playing in the Kansas City area.  Joe and I met at one of their gigs where charts and tracks were passed along in preparation for the recording session.  Johnny Lee Schell (Phantom Blues Band) was kind enough to record Joe's sax parts at his California studio and send them back to use in Missouri.  Now, both Johnny and Joe as well as the rest of the Phantom boys have been inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame and I'm releasing one rockin' little family single from my forthcoming CD - "Moods".  All this from a dare my daughtr gave me, "Dad, you're in a rut, all your music is too slow."

Below is the story on my 2008 release"MINOR DETAILS" 
    How does a trained pick style guitarist go temporally insane and end up making a finger style CD? It can help to break your right leg so you have to play off your left leg. Finding the large steel string guitar too cumbersome against your cast, could lead you to pick up that old classical given to you on your high school graduation. Being too difficult to limp back over to get your pick, you give up and use your fingers. One thing leads to another and despite the minor details, you find you have enough material for a CD.
    As with many guitarist, years were spent studying the flat pick masters. Bluegrass wizards; Rice, Skaggs, Crary, Jazz Idols like The Three M's, Martino, Metheny, Montgomery. However, my finger style was limited. I did study some ragtime and old style blues playing while in school in Boston, but technique left some to the imagination for this CD. I married the chord melody playing for my jazz studies with a bit of my some what unorthodox finger style. The result is a bit of hybrid mix. Most could be played with pick and fingers, but I chose fingers only for this setting.
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Smithville Music


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Below are photos from the release party!
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