Klamath Falls, Ore. – A bluegrass band hosted workshops at local schools today, through an outreach program offered by the Ross Ragland Theater.
The music room at Eagle Ridge High School served as a stage today for ‘Mile Twelve’.
“We’re 5 years old.” Explains mandolin player David Benedict. “We’ve been touring around the country, and around the world for the past 4 or 5 years now, so it’s been amazing.”
The band has roots in Boston.
Much of their focus is on traditional bluegrass music.
“But a lot of it’s original music.” Adds guitar player and vocalist Evan Murphy. “And it’s original music written and arranged on bluegrass instruments, so it still has the texture and the sound of bluegrass.”
“There’s jamgrass, there’s more chambergrass, that involves classical music, and jazz music as well, so a lot of mixing and matching.” Benedict notes of the crossover element. “It’s pretty exciting.”
The music students were excited, too.
Murphy says Mile Twelve also hopes to inspire the students. “If you want to do this full time, you can – don’t let anyone laugh at you if you say you want to do music as a job, you can do it.”
One band member referred to bluegrass as ‘the heavy metal of acoustic music’.
KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970’s. He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.Lyle’s job history is quite colorful.
He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand. A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90’s as a news writer and commercial producer. In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.
“The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain. Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story”.
When he’s not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.