Mountain Ride is Eric and Kate’s traditional bluegrass outlet. The constant is Eric on guitar, Kate on bass, and to spice things up, a rotation of talented banjo and mandolin pickers on the ends. To see Mountain Ride live is to see history in the making. Each lineup has its own personal flair that will get you tappin’ and clappin’ for certain. Mountain Ride has been playing locally for the past year, delivering fast-picking, hard-driving tunes along with a few heart-melting old-time classic bluegrass ballads. Mountain Ride’s harmonies are always a crowd-pleaser, and depending on the lineup, they just might blow your minds with a glorious three-part! In August of 2013, Mountain Ride hit the road for a North East Tour. The tour featured Trevor Wire from Tuckahoe Ridge on the banjo, and Drew Jones of Jerry Rigged on the mandolin. Mountain Ride camped and picked their way across Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, Maine, and New Hampshire. After an amazing first tour experience, Mountain Ride will surely be booking another very soon! If you would like to host or assist in anyway, send Eric a message!
Check out the tour schedule on the Upcoming Shows page, and be sure to catch a show and say hello!
Below is a list of Mountain Ride pickers who have wowed crowds with Eric and Kate, and the list continues to grow. Eric and Kate intend on recording an album, “Mountain Ride and Friends” later this year. Interested in picking with Eric and Kate? Want to hire Mountain Ride? Use the “Contact Us” section of this page for inquiries.
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Here is a live audio track from the Garry Owen Irish Pub in Gettysburg, PA: “Foggy Mountain Breakdown”, featuring: Ernie Bradley and Brian Brewer!!!
Live at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC , Mountain Ride performing “Sitting on Top of the World”, featuring: Robbie Benzig and Alby Lopez.
A view of the 2013 North Eastern Mountain Ride Tour
Eric Avey – Guitar and Vocals Kate Avey – Bass and Vocals
Friends of Mountain Ride (The Mountain Riders)
Ernie Bradley – Banjo and Vocals
Herb Manilla – Mandolin and Vocals
Anthony Hannigan – Mandolin
Justinian Mullins – Guitar and Vocals
Ron Webb – Mandolin
Danny Emig – Fiddle
Brian Brewer – Mandolin and Vocals
Trevor Wire – Banjo and Vocals
Drew Jones – Mandolin and Vocals
Matt Hickman – Banjo
David Welch – Guitar, Dobro and Vocals
Chris Luquette – Mandolin
Pappy Biondo – Banjo
Brad Bell – Fiddle
Robbie Benzig – Banjo
Alby Lopez – Mandolin
Brad Munn – Fiddle and Guitar
Rob Kollman – Banjo
Matthew Hiller – Mandolin
Sunny Dee Hotchkins – Mandolin and Vocals
Steve Leonard – Banjo
TJ Enderline – Mandolin
Melanie Martin – Fiddle
Trent Renshaw – Drums
Shane Shoenadel – Dobro
Here is a review by Linda Adkins from a previous Mountain Ride show at Cactus Flats, Frederick, MD