Let us introduce ourselves
Blue Groove is a multiple award-winning bluegrass band that hails from Minneapolis/St Paul, and are active members of the Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Association's (MBOTMA), and the Bluegrass Music Association of Iowa (BMAI). The band covers material from a number of past and current bluegrass artists, and presents a few originals as well. The Blue Groove sound leans towards a more contemporary vibe (Alison Krauss, Rhonda Vincent), while maintaining ties to traditional bluegrass (Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs) and all of its drive, improvisation and harmony singing!
The band is comprised of experienced veteran players and singers, as well as some new faces in the bluegrass scene. The band members are Adelle Hyrkas, lead vocals and rhythm guitar; David Smith, banjo and vocal harmony; Bob Doe, lead guitar, dobro, and lead vocal; Tom Erickson, upright bass fiddle, and Tom Wadzinski mandolin and vocal. On occasion we will have special guest fiddler Richard Kriehn join in on the fun!
You can find out more about Blue Groove at www.bluegroovebluegrass.com
2015: "First Runner Up" (2nd place) at the Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Association's (MBOTMA) Race for a Place contest
2016: 2nd Place- River Falls Roots & Bluegrass Festival contest April, 2016
Professional memberships: MBOTMA (Minnesota Bluegrass & Old Time Music Association, and BMAI (Bluegrass Music Association of Iowa).
Band Member Bios:
David Smith is a founding member of Blue Groove. He has played banjo with a number of bluegrass bands over the years including the Zumbro River Rangers, Rivertown Ramblers, Whitewater Bluegrass, and TresMoto. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Minnesota Bluegrass and Old-time Music Association, and also maintains a career as a professional sound technician.
Tom Wadzinski (also known as 'T3') is the newest member of Blue Groove, joining in the winter of 2017. Tom has been playing mandolin for over 25 years. Tom's love of bluegrass music and mandolin was set in motion when, in high school while learning to play acoustic guitar, he stumbled on a classic J.D. Crowe and the New South bluegrass album. Mandolin has been his main musical interest ever since. Over the years, Tom has played in bands in Madison WI, Louisville KY, and in the Twin Cities.
Tom Erickson started out playing electric bass in his teens and has been playing blues, country, jazz, bluegrass, even traditional Irish Folk for close to 5 decades! Fourteen years ago, Tom switched from electric bass to the acoustic upright and has mastered bringing out the warm tones of the old bass. He has also contributed his vocal talent, whether it is singing lead or chiming in on harmony. In addition to Blue Groove, Tom regularly plays with a couple classic country groups and does studio recordings with musician friends.
Richard Kriehn joins Blue Groove as a special guest for many of our performances. Richard’s musical journey as a multi-instrumentalist; covers a wide swath. He was was member of the “House Band” on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor; and has also performed in symphony orchestras, bluegrass bands, baroque ensembles, and country bands. While living in Nashville, he appeared numerous times on the Grand Ole’ Opry and toured with a number of national acts. In addition to Blue Groove, Richard is also a member of the band "New Shoes" which is made up of fellow "prairie homies".