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Our YouTube Videos April 4, 2008

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Yep, we’ve got them. YouTube Videos of the band.

You can check them out here….

Deepwater at YouTube


We’re pleased to be opening for a great national performer! April 4, 2008

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Join us in welcoming nationally syndicated radio host, host of a PBS television show and singer songwriter, Michael Johnathon to the Maumee Indoor Theatre.  His Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour is changing the way America listens to Americana, Folk, Bluegrass and Old Time Traditional Music.  He will be bringing his own talented musical style to concert,  one night only, April 17, 2008.  Tickets are $10 available at the door.  Doors open at  6:00 p.m. and the concert begins at 7:00 p.m..

Opening the show for Michael Johnathon will be talented regional songwriters from Tedd Swartz’s Red Bird Songwriters Showcase.  These singer-songwriters entertain with their original compositions at the Maumee Indoor Theater and will open the show for this evening’s concert with an offering of their work.

Also, from the Glass City Opry, Toledo’s own bluegrass music concert series, Deepwater Bluegrass will also perform prior to Michael Johnathon.  Deepwater is a Toledo regional band that brings audiences a fresh and fun new introduction to bluegrass music with their traditional and original work.

During the Meet and Greet session from 6 to 7 p.m., join Jim Tichy, spokesman for HonorFlight.org,as he provides information about this wonderful community service dedicated to providing our military veterans free flights to visit the memorials in our nation’s capital.

This concert will be the kick-off to our new Woodsongs Coffehouse program, right here in Northwestern Ohio!  We celebrate this evening with Michael Johnathon, joined by regional singer/songwriters and a bluegrass band! This will be a night to enjoy the wonderful sounds of acoustic Americana Roots Music.

For more information, please contact Tedd Swartz at (419) 661-0404 or Sherri Chekal at (419) 250-1096 or find more information at http://www.TeddSwartz.com.   The Maumee Indoor Theatre is located at 601 Conant Street in Maumee, at Anthony Wayne Trail.

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Picking at the Trabbic Family Farm October 29, 2007

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It was a stunning fall day at the Trabbic Family Farm! Bright and sunny, yet with a chill cold breeze in the air that makes you know you’re heading into the winter months.

It was delightful to be there, and to share in the last big weekend before Halloween and to see all the children out picking out their jack-o-lantern material! The farm has all sorts of fun activities for children, such as a corn maze, hay rides, farm critters, pumpkins, straw maze and now… bluegrass music!

Deepwater Bluegrass Band performing at the Trabbic Family Farm

It was definately a little brisk, and made for slightly stiff fingers for picking and of course, our accoustic instruments were acting up in a variety of tuning issues, but all in all, it was a great time and we loved entertaining the public to what bluegrass music is all about!

Maggie picking out a pumpkin

My daughters, Maggie and Jessy, came along and we had to bring home two huge pumpkins! Maggie picked out a good one, big and ready to be carved! Jessy took all the pictures we have on our website, that was great. Of course, we had a good flock of Birdwells come in! (g) Thanks to all the people that came and listened during their visit to the Trabbic Family Farm.

Deepwater Bluegrass picking at the farm

It was fun having kids join us and sing along with some good favorite songs done Bluegrass Style! We really enjoyed ourselves… and you should do yourself a favor and bring your family to this great fall fun place!

It’s on Sterns Road, just over the border from Toledo, Ohio, located in Erie, Michigan. 1560 E. Sterns Road. They don’t have a website, but you can Google them for other folks kind words! What a great place!

Toledo has a Bluegrass Champion October 13, 2007

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Guess what?

Sherri is a bluegrass champion! (gg)

Well, at least the Toledo Blade seems to think so! The best part? Since she’s a member of the Deepwater Bluegrass band… Deepwater gets a nice mention in the paper! And it’s kinda need to think that we’re all helping the create a better atmosphere for bluegrasss music in the city and surrounding areas…

If you’d like to go and take a look…. here’s the link for the article:

Toledo Blade Article about The Glass City Opry

The Glass City Opry Podcast October 13, 2007

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Be sure to stop in and listen to the new Glass City Opry’s Podcast featuring as hosts, two of the members of the Deepwater Bluegrass Band, Jeff and Sherri.

We’re just got the first one done, but we’re getting ready for the next one! Be sure to take a listen… here’s a taste for you!


Jeff Birdwell on the Radio

Sherri Chekal on the Radio

We’re Playing at the Octoberfest! October 13, 2007

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Hey Toledo,
Here’s a chance to see us pick at something local! No need to drive for hours to catch the Deepwater Bluegrass band! We’re playing at the Bluegrass Octoberfest in Toledo, Ohio on October 20, 2007, starting at 2:00 p.m.

Please tell everyone and come out and say hi! We would really appreciate the company!!!

Welcome to Mike McGuffie! October 2, 2007

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Mike MacGuffie Joins the Deepwater Band!

Okay, it’s been a couple months now, but we are SO excited to have Mike McGuffie playing mandolin with us! He completes our sounds and we all just meld together great already so we just can’t wait to see what a few more months under our belts will do!

Check out the website and check out the new photos and all.


What’s Better… Single Mic or Lots? April 9, 2007

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Here’s a question, guaranteed to generate feedback.

One mic for a show, or a line up of mics?

I must admit, it’s like watching a bluegrass ballet to see the pros all rotate in and around one big old mic on center stage. Makes the hair curl on the back of your neck.

But what if you’re getting older, don’t move so graceful like and are trying your darnest not to forget the words to your song and who’s kicking off the next piece and all that moving in and out just makes your eyes cross and someone end up in the ER?

What’s the best mixup? Maybe one in the center for vocals and harmonies and then say a pair of instrument break mics on either side so that you don’t have to move around tooooo much, and still keep the music going strong?

What say you all?

Great Band Dynamics Article February 18, 2007

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A friend passed on this GREAT article about band dynamics… and it’s funny, too! I really enjoyed the section on HOW NOT to succeed… I know I’ve been guilty of a few of these things from time to time… how about you?

It’s written on a blues website, but still… blues… bluegrass… hey, it’s close! There is not that much out there for the bluegrass musician, so we have to adapt from other music wisdom. However, this article really does have some good basic stuff about bands and the whole reason some fail and others make it. Good reading…

How to Succeed or Not – Article Link