WILD RIVER DUO, JAVA JAM, FRIDAY, AUGUST 28
The next Java Jam, Friday, August 28, 6-9 pm features two great musicians; Mike Stroup (guitar, vocals) and Bad Bob Rohan (fiddle) play with other bands but occasionally get together to form the dynamic Wild River Duo.
Mike Stroup arrived in Houston, in 1981. After meeting a couple of members of the Houston Folklore Society, he began his Texas music journey. Learning and playing with fellow folk musicians, then meeting local bluegrass players and performing in bands such as In America, Fat Chance and The Harry Fish String Band, music became a full time habit. Recording guru Karl Caillouet introduced Mike to probably the best swing band in Texas, Tom Morrell & the Time Warp Tophands. Next came the Wild River Band performing and recording three western swing albums over the next 10 years. At present, Mike lives on a Longhorn ranch in central Texas performing solo and with various combinations of musicians.
Bob Rohan (State Fiddle Champion of Wisconsin) is known in Texas as “Bad Bob” and has been playing the fiddle and singing in various groups for over 30 years in his adopted Texas; he has opened for Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Charlie Daniels, Carlene Carter and John Conley to name a few.
Bob is no stranger to Wharton, having played in Shanghai Days Cowboy Gatherings and with Pat Gavin’s Buckaroo Band at Java Jam. His first album “Bad Bob” recorded in 1983 was well-received in Texas and his version of “Orange Blossom Special” is a favorite at country nightclubs and discos everywhere. Also a gifted songwriter Bob wrote 9 of the tunes on another album, “Bad Bob and his Good Friends.”
His traditional swing style has also been popular in Holland, Australia, England, Belgium, Germany and recently Spain!
So come on out and join the Wild River Duo and Java Jam Band, Friday, August 28, Milam St Coffee, Wharton, 6-9 pm. Bring a covered dish with a little extra to share and $15 per person cover charge to experience Wharton’s unique dining/live music experience.