Meltdown 2018

The Durango Bluegrass Meltdown happens this coming weekend, April 20-22 in Durango.  This marks the 20th anniversary of The Badly Bent performing at this amazing festival.

This year's band lineup is a bit different from what you've seen in the past.  But, we've stuck to our roots.  We are a traditional bluegrass band, playing originals and some under the radar tunes that you may or may not have heard.  We are so happy to have Kyle Schoonover join us on dobro.  Kyle's music heritage is somewhat legendary in the bluegrass world.  His father, Kent, is a renowned dobro builder.  His playing fits so well with our music.  

Our set this year will be our 'traditional' set at the Strater Theatre on Friday night at 8:00 between two of the national acts.  Absolutely one of our favorite sets of the year,, we are so grateful to the Meltdown Board of Directors for letting us perform in this coveted slot.

Come say hi after the set.  The faces might be changing but our love for traditional, hard driving bluegrass has not.  New songs, old songs, originals, covers - we bring it all.

The New Badly Bent

The band has completed its transformation with the addition of Fred Kosak on guitar and vocals and Cody Tiffin on bass and vocals.  Fred recently moved to Durango from Boston and quickly inserted himself into the Durango music scene.  He is an accomplished guitar and mandolin player, as well as singer extraordinaire.  His passion for Americana and bluegrass makes him a perfect fit to complement the band.

Cody Tiffin has been a Durango resident off and on for a long time.  He recently moved back to Durango from Austin, Texas and spends his daytime expressing his culinary talents.  Cody has been a part of several bands in Durango and I think is going to get the nickname Metronome.  

It is so awesome to have these guys join Robb, Cindi and me as we take The Badly Bent to the next level.  Our first serious public performance will most likely be the Meltdown in April.  Be prepared to be surprised.

Chance to see The Badly Bent

The Badly Bent has a couple of fun shows coming up.  First, we will be traveling to Denver's suburb, Northglenn, to participate in the 31st Annual Mid Winter Bluegrass Festival.  Thanks to Ken Seaman for having us back again.  We will be opening the festival on Friday night on the main stage.  We will have two sets on Saturday on the Acoustic Stage, which is an awesome venue.  Very intimate, no PA system, just acoustic music in a great room.  In addition, Pat will be giving a guitar workshop, Cindi a fiddle workshop, Jim a bass workshop, and Mark a banjo workshop on Saturday morning.

The following weekend, we will be having two concerts in the Four Corners.  On Friday, February 19, we will be putting on a concert at the Henry Strater Theatre (The Hank).  This has become somewhat of an annual event and has historically sold out.  This year, we will be joined by our friends from Dolores, Last Nickel.  On Saturday, February 20, we will take this two-band show to Cortez to perform at the Sunflower Theater, sponsored and promoted by local NPR station, KSJD.

Lot's more coming this summer.  Stay tuned...

The Durango Bluegrass Meltdown

It's that time of year again in Durango where almost 1000 people converge on our small town to participate in and uptake the sights and sounds of the Durango Bluegrass Meltdown.  (  We in Durango usually think we have 3 seasons: Summer, followed by mud season, Winter, followed by yet another mud season.  We've had a very dry winter and this year's Meltdown will occur in the middle of dust season.  If you haven't purchased your tickets yet, presales end on Thursday and prices will go up $10.  Tickets can be purchase online at or at Animas Trading Company in Durango.

The Meltdown's lineup this year is absolutely stellar, headlined by three incredible national acts: Balsam Range, Shawn Camp, and Special Consensus,  Of course, not to be missed are the other 20+ acts that will take one of three stages over the weekend.  This is always one of our highlight gigs of the year.

The Badly Bent has the honor of playing Friday night between Special Consensus and Balsam Range at the Durango Arts Center at 8:00.  Our second set is on Saturday at the Strater at 3:00.  Thanks again to the festival schedulers for not making us play a 10:00 am Sunday set again.  Those are rough and we appreciate spreading the joy to other local bands.

The Meltdown will be the debut for our two new band members, Jim Stanley (bass) and Fred Hoeffler (mandolin).  It will be fun to have new members, new songs, and a new attitude to bring to the Meltdown.

See you this weekend.

Welcome Jim and Fred!

The Badly Bent is making yet more changes to its personnel lineup.  First, we are so happy to announce that we have a new bass player, Jim Stanley.  Jim has recently relocated to Durango from Tucson, AZ and is a very proficient multi-instrumentalist.  You may see Jim at The Derailed on Sunday nights, sitting in with the jazz jam session.   Please welcome Jim next time you see us.

Also, we are happy to announce that we will be having a mandolin player join us on an as-available basis.  Help us welcome Fred Hoeffler to TBB.  You will see Fred make his debut performance with us at the Durango Bluegrass Meltdown.  Fred is currently living in Prescott, AZ and is 'commuting' to Durango to rehearse and play with us.  I've known Fred for over 20 years, first meeting him at RockyGrass where he sat in with my former band, Fret Knot, at the RockyGrass Band Competition.  Please give Fred a warm Durango welcome when you see him in April.  And, he is actively looking for an excuse to move up here full time.

We have added a lot of new dates to our calendar, some as the trio and some as the whole band. Our summer is filling up and we're happy to be out performing actively again.

Thanks for your continued support as we journey onward and upward!


Looking forward to 2015

2015 is getting off to a great start for us.  Pat, Cindi and I have been performing as a trio under a variety of names (Dressen, Epstein, Trautmann (DET), BFG (banjo, fiddle, guitar), TBB Trio). You get the idea.

BFG will playing three dates at 6512' Lounge starting with our first on January 29th from 6 - 8 pm.

The Badly Bent is proud to be supporting the Bayfield Association for the Advancement of Music (BAAM).  We will be preforming on Friday, February 13th.  Here is the information from BAAM:

"BAAM is putting together a benefit concert featuring local bluegrass band, Badly Bent, 7:30 Friday February 13th, at the Bayfield Performing Arts Center (at BHS).  Doors open at 6:30. Tickets cost $12 per person or $20 per couple and can be purchased at The Tuning Fork, Bottom Shelf Brewery, the BHS front office, or starting next week, from your favorite band student.  


This could be a great Valentines date, plus it's local and for a good cause.  All proceeds go to the purchase of new instruments for our Bayfield music students.  Instruments cost several thousands of dollars each sometimes (tubas, bassoons, upright bass, just to name a few), which is a heavy load for the school district to handle on its own.  BAAM is trying to do our part to help offset some of those costs.  A benefit concert seemed like a fun way to do it.  We hope to see you there!"

Looking forward to seeing you all this spring!