"With their stunning vocals, dazzling instrumentation, reimagined standards and terrific original numbers, Rock Ridge is the premier voice of the Northwest traditional bluegrass sound." Linda Leavitt, Oregon Bluegrass Association Editor, Bluegrass Express Creative Director, Nechville Banjos West
"The Flood by Rock Ridge is a recording of exceptional quality featuring beautiful harmonies, superb material, strong instrumentation and a keen attention to detail. This is a recording that should put Rock Ridge firmly on the bluegrass map. You owe it to yourself to check it (and them) out. " Gareth Jenkins, KBOO Radio Bluegrass DJ, 2023
“Your band has a clean, simple sound which provides a foundation over which you float your soaring and beautiful harmonies in their purest form. A delicious presentation!!” - Garry Paget
The Flood is Rock Ridge’s second full length recording, and the first to feature the current configuration of band members. The the material for this recording is a great representation of the vocal-driven bluesy groove music they love best. With fantastic guest fiddle players Chad Manning from Berkeley, and Greg Spatz from Spokane, The Flood is an exciting addition to the contemporary Bluegrass repertoire.
1. The Flood 3:12, Suzanne Adkins
Dale Adkins Music, ASCAP 897054923
2. Lonely River 2:37, Cullen Galyean
Wynwood Music Co, BMI 891075671
3. Sleeping Cold 3:35, Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson
Mushroom Music PTY LTD, BMI 495579416
4. Forget the Hard Times 3:50, Suzanne Adkins
Dale Adkins Music, ASCAP 916196461
5. Climb That Hill 2:09, Dale Adkins
Dale Adkins Music, ASCAP 916196050
6. Blue Night 2:53, David Kirk McGee
APRS, BMI 321164254
7. Sweetest Waste of Time 3:40, Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson Mushroom Music PTY LTD & UNIVERSAL MUSIC PUBLISHING MGB AUSTRALIA , ASCAP 495583778
8. Farmers Lament 3:04, Rick Grant, BMI 58199551
9. Don’t Let the Stove Go Cold 2:33, Dale Adkins
Dale Adkins Music, ASCAP 916196172
10. Enough on My Mind 2:41, Ronnie Bowman & Tim Massey
Dixie Breeze Publishing & SONY/ATV TREE PUBLISHING & WILLIAM FRANKLIN PUBLISHING CO, BMI 881620848
11. Foolish Heart 3:27, John H Pennell
Happy Valley Music & SOLARGRASS MUSIC, BMI 899872215
12. Your Worries and Troubles are Mine 2:46, Candace Randolph and Ralph Stanley
Southern Melody Publishing Co, BMI 885692576
13. What Will Become of Me 2:48, Johnny Williams
Grass Tank Music, BMI 902895058
Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by Dale Adkins at Big Owl Studios, Bend and Sisters, OR. Produced by Rock Ridge
Photographs and Cover Artwork: Josie Grant
As a part of Grammy nominee Kate MacKenzie's touring band, Dale has performed across the U.S. and Europe . Many of the Northwest's premier Bluegrass bands have benefited from Dale's creative mastery of the guitar and banjo including the groups Out of the Blue, Dr. Corn's Bluegrass Remedy, Frontline, True North, Old Growth Acoustic Quartet, and now Rock Ridge. Dale can be seen playing a mahogany Preston Thompson acoustic guitar built in Sisters, OR. Dale's solo release of “Alone in the Red Room,” opened a new musical chapter and a significant departure from high-energy bluegrass flatpicking, and shows a dimensional fusion of the fingerstyle guitar played with a flat-pick.
Josie is a bluegrass powerhouse, wowing audiences with dynamic, powerful singing and driving guitar playing. Fans describe her vocals as being "highly charged!", and her tone, expression and commanding performance style make her a standout among top bluegrass vocalists. Equally compelling is her energetic and rhythmically dynamic guitar playing which forms the driving foundation for Rock Ridge. Originally from Southern CA, she fell in love with bluegrass in the 1990s and has performed with Hiway 99 and Borderline Bluegrass Band in Northern California. Hailing now from the Sisters, Oregon, Josie has worked as a professional portrait/food photographer but has gone back to focusing on her longtime love of classical oil painting.
Rick’s background is solidly founded in the traditions of old-time, classical, and gypsy jazz. He is a superbly talented multi-instrumentalist and vocalist playing rock solid mandolin and tasty fiddle with Rock Ridge. Together with Josie and Suzanne, his prodigious timing forms a bedrock of rhythm that is the core of Rock Ridge’s sound. His high-lonesome tenor singing matches perfectly with Josie and he delivers powerful goosebump rendering lead and harmony vocals and writes and arranges many of the songs for the band. Rick has been a well-known fixture in the California bluegrass scene, and he has lent his talents to popular groups including Mountain Laurel and Borderline Bluegrass Band. Rick is a software engineer and operates a music recording studio where he has recorded much of the band's stellar recordings over the years.
Suzanne has been a stately, rock-solid bassist and vocalist in many Northwest groups over the years. She has held down the beat for groups including True North, Knott Bros, McKenzie Crossing, and Adkins Family Band. She is a gifted vocalist and harmony singer in any configuration she joins. Suzanne is the Artistic Director for the Wheeler County Bluegrass Festival held annually in Fossil, OR and works alongside Dale Adkins as a record producer and engineer for Big Owl Studios, providing her own stamp to many bluegrass and acoustic recordings. Her other musical pursuits include serving on the current Board of Directors of Acoustic Sound (Wintergrass) and in the past on the Oregon Bluegrass Association Board.