The Boro Boogie Pickers are proud of roots

July 03, 2008|By TIFFANY ARNOLD

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - People see the Dobro, the fiddle, banjo and washboard and assume The Boogie Boro Pickers play bluegrass.

They do ... kind of, sort of, guitarist Eric Avey said. But it's bluegrass with Waynesboro-style boogie on it. Hence the name, the Boro Boogie Pickers.

The six-piece band, with all members born and raised in Waynesboro, perform regional venues. They started off as a group of friends who jammed together on Wednesday nights. Avey said the band is starting to get some attention, at least in Waynesboro.

Avey said he gets recognized by strangers when he's out in public.

"They say, there's a Boogie Picker," Avey said.

The band celebrated its one-year anniversary in May and its members are working on another original album. Their first album, "Barn and Raised," is available online, at


About the band

Name: The Boro Boogie Pickers

Vocals, mandolin and Dobro: Jon Ingles

Vocals, fiddle and guiar: Brad Munn

Upright bass: Kevin Coldsmith

Vocals, washboard: Kate Avey

Vocals, guitar: Eric Avey

Banjo: Rob Kollman

Genre: "Bluegrass-ish"

Influences: Old Crow Medicine Show

Upcoming shows: Tuesday, July 15, Greencastle (Pa.) Fireman's Carnival


Q&A with 'Boogie Picker' Eric Avey

Q: So with six members, when you guys are working on a song or an album, do you ever find yourselves in a situation where there are too many cooks?
One thing I stated at the beginning of this project is that once it's no longer fun, we've killed ourselves as a band. So I constantly remind them that we have to keep it fun.

Q: If you could name your dream gig, someone you could open for, who would it be?
I would have to say Old Crow Medicine Show. Their song "Wagon Wheel" was the first song we learned.

Q: Why Old Crow?
Our similarities. They're not necessarily bluegrass, but their approach to the music is soulful, down-home feel-good. We don't try to copy that, but that's our approach. Not the whiny quality of bluegrass, but kind of shake your skirt. Think of it as a young person's square dance.

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