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Back Forty, the
Charlie Edsall: Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Norris Schultz: Double Bass, Vocals
Ron Warren: Mandolin, Vocals
Joseph Martini: Banjo
Vicki Hass : Fiddle
Rick Sparks: Acoustic Guitar, Vocals

Music Style / Genre Traditional Bluegrass
Original / Cover Material Cover Songs
Musical Influences Tony Rice, Flat and Scruggs to John
History of Performer / Band Homebrewed from the Eagle Valley, this purebred bluegrass group blends a fusion of traditional and old timey styles to be enjoyed by all!

The Back Forty Band began in 1992 as a simple jam group that soon found themselves playing for various local and out of town events. Their vocals with that high lonesome sound and instrumental harmonies brings a crowd pleasing response. Vicki Hass on fiddle, Joseph Martini on his 5-string banjo and Norris Schultz on bass are from Carson City, Nevada and Charlie Edsall on guitar and Ron Warren on mandolin are from Sparks, Nevada.

Vicki Hass, born and raised in Nevada plays a fiddle that will get your toes a tappin’. She began playing fiddle after being influenced by the Slide Mountain Boys, a local bluegrass band, and Byron Berline in the early ‘80s. After joining the Northern Nevada Bluegrass Association, she found the tunes were endless and wanted to play them all! She is an original member of the Back Forty. Vicki has served as the president of the Northern Nevada Bluegrass Association,

Joseph Martini also born and raised in Nevada, pickup up his banjo while going to college in Colorado in 1996; his banjo was a Christmas gift that year and his fingers have been glued to it ever since. He was influenced by Pete Wernick of Hot Rize and Earl Scruggs with their traditional styles. His fine tuned picking has added a dimension of enthusiasm which rounds out the band’s sound.

Norris Schultz became interested in bluegrass music in 1981 when his wife, Katie bought him a banjo and he started taking lessons. He became a member of the Northern Nevada Bluegrass Association at the time and enjoyed bluegrass music as a beginning student. Prior to this, Norris was involved in various singing groups. In the late summer of 1992 he became interested in the bass, and began playing with the Back Forty. He not only holds the group together with his solid bass beat, but also adds to the vocals with his tenor harmonies and lead.

Charlie Edsall was born and raised near Fort Wayne, Indiana. He started seriously playing bluegrass in 1974 on the campus of Lake Superior State. He began playing guitar at the young age of nine and has received high praises for his solid rhythm playing and tasteful flatpicking. His past band credits include High Strung, Buzzards Roost, the Slide Mountain Boys and Feather River. Charlie is also the guitarist for the very popular national bluegrass band, Ron Spears and Within Tradition. He brings a solid musical base to the Back Forty with his fine lead and harmony vocals and world class guitar pickin’. He's a member of the CBA and is vice president of the Northern Nevada Bluegrass Association

Ron Warren, born in Helena, Montana is multi-talented. He plays guitar, mandolin, dobro, domra, balaliaka, and chrango. His guitar career started at the age of nine years playing for 4H barn dances and square dances. During his teen years he diversed to rock where he performed as a pickup sideman guitarist with the American Federation of Musicians local 642, backing up such notables as Chuck Berry, Charlie Pride and Red Sovine. His next journey led him to the Balaliaka Orchestra where he played the domra. He has currently returned to his roots and is playing mandolin with the Back Forty, where he executes some fine picking exquisite breaks; he also brings strong vocal harmonies to the band.

Press Reviews / Credits  
Albums / Where Available The Hope Valley Sessions, 2003 (Coming Soon!)

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