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The Dread Pirate, Roberts
WHERE: Bluegrass Kitchen, 1600 Washington St. E.
WHEN: 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays through July
COST: FreeINFO: 304-346-2871
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Tuesday nights this month at the Bluegrass Kitchen, flat-picking guitar champion Matt Lindsey performs with a new jazz/bluegrass fusion trio called "The Dread Pirate, Roberts."
The band, which also includes guitarist Bryan Roberts and upright bass player Rob Francis, takes its name from Rob Reiner's film "The Princess Bride," which seemed a little odd (dare we say, "inconceivable") for a West Virginia band that plays a mix of jazz and bluegrass.
The gazz spoke with Lindsey to find out what the connection is, if any, and how the band got started.
Q: How was The Dread Pirate, Roberts, formed?
A: "I met Bryan Roberts at the Fret and Fiddle in St. Albans. Bryan was teaching over there, and I go over there and hang out. I've been going for years and years.
"Someone said we should sit down and play a tune together and that led to us getting together to swap tunes and ideas. We'd get together about once a week, and we thought we might ought to get some gigs playing parties. We worked up a couple of hours worth of material and started doing that and playing corporate picnics, those types of events.