Stumbo Lost Wages
Aaron Parrett has been playing music around the country for almost 20 years and has released 4 CDs of original songs. Perhaps better known as a novelist and creative writing professor at the University of Great Falls, Aaron's songwriting has been compared to that of Townes Van Zandt and Jerry Jeff Walker, with story-telling lyrics that span small town life in Montana, transient love on the road, train-robbing bandits of old Mexico, and all points in between. Since releasing his first solo album in 2001, Ivan Rosenberg has gained a dedicated following for his independently-produced 'boutique' recordings of melodic, expressive acoustic music on Dobro and clawhammer banjo. Millions have heard his original songs in the background of over 300 television programs and films including The Daily Show, Oprah, Call of the Wildman, History Detectives, HBO's Making Deadwood, the Special Edition DVD of Serenity, and the Hollywood blockbuster Kangaroo Jack. In recent years, he earned an IBMA Award for co-writing the 2009 Song of the Year; played on the CD Southern Filibuster: A Tribute to Tut Taylor (produced by Grammy winner and Dobro legend Jerry Douglas); engineered and co-produced recordings for some of the most original voices in west coast roots music (Pharis and Jason Romero, John Reischman, The Breakmen, Kevin Brown, Evie Ladin Band, and more); and performed throughout North America with musicians such as Chris Coole and Chris Jones. Ivan is also in high demand as an instructor, having taught a combined 40 weeks at music workshops such as Steve Kaufman's Acoustic Kamp, The California Bluegrass Association Music Camp, 108 Mile Cabin Fever Bluegrass Workshop, NBCMS Acoustic Music Workshop, the British Columbia Bluegrass Workshop, SoreFingers, the Grand Targhee Music Camp, and others. Both Aaron and Ivan got their music careers started during the '90s in Missoula, Montana, and over the years they worked up a unique duet act of bluegrass-influenced Americana music with guitar, Dobro accompaniment, and no-frills lead vocals and harmonies. They have individually contributed music to High Plains Films (based in Missoula), including their Emmy-nominated documentary 'Libby, Montana.' But despite their deep repertoire of songs, they never recorded together until this year, when they collaborated on 'Stumbo Lost Wages,' a duet album that presents 11 of Aaron's best original songs.