Scott Ashley Slay
Saturday, December 15, 2012 @ 7:00 pm
Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library (map)
4100 Virginia Beach Blvd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
Code Blue is a high energy bluegrass band playing everything from the standard traditional bluegrass music and four part gospel music, to doing their own music and doing it their way. Although a relatively new presence in the Tidewater Virginia area, Code Blue puts in the hard work — and has the individual experience and desire — to provide the polish and cohesiveness usually seen in much more seasoned ensembles. This band has dedicated itself to providing quality music in a hard driving, entertaining way. Code Blue performs high-energy bluegrass from the rock solid traditionals to their own arrangements and original music, and derives the drive and intensity of their music from the long experience and dedication of the band members. The band is very fortunate to have three great singers who sing all the parts and take the time to make the vocals work.
Formed in the late summer of 1996, Code Blue has performed at numerous festival events and private functions, performing with groups like Dr. Ralph Stanley and The Clinch Mountain Boys, Earl Scruggs and Marty Stewart, Joe Diffie, Charlie Waller and the Country Gentleman, III Thyme Out, The Seldom Scene, The James King Band, J. D. Crowe and The New South, Little Roy Lewis and the Lewis Family, The Reno Brothers, The Strangers, Larry Sparks, The Steven’s Sisters, The Churchman, Michelle Nixon and Drive, and Nothin’ Fancy, just to name a few.
~ Band Members ~ Bud Finch – Guitar • E.T. Firth – Mandolin • Michael Beaver – Banjo • Paul Anderson – Fiddle • George Thomas – Bass
Moving here from Florida, Scott is a newcomer to the local music scene but has made his mark quickly by performing with some of the best in the area the likes of Grand Ole’ Opry’s Charlie Austin, Karl Werne and Larry Berwald. Scott cut his teeth on the music style of the great bluegrass guitarist Tony Rice. He is a versatile performer in many genres of music which I’m sure he will display on Saturday night.
He’s won many impressive awards including 1st place in mandolin 2010 & 2011 and 1st place guitar in 2010 and 3rd place in 2011 all at the Alabama Fiddler’s Convention and 1st place Mandolin Master’s Division at the Florida Bluegrass Competition in 2010.