Welcome

Welcome to the online home of the Double Down Daredevils!   We are a Minnesota based Bluegrass Band playing Bluegrass and Americana music with a special emphasis on 2, 3 and 4 part vocal harmonies.  We're a kind of "Bluegrass Boys meets The Oak Ridge Boys"  group.    As you explore our website, you will find video and audio clips, photo's, set-lists and performance calendar and more!     Give a listen to some of our music on the music page and then come out and see us perform!  

The Double Down Daredevils are a member band of the Minnesota Bluegrass and Old time Music Association and The Southeast MN Bluegrass Association

2020 Vision! 

Wow.  The new Year is here already.  It's going to be another exciting year for the Daredevils!    We are heading for the studio (FINALLY !) late in January to record our first CD. Still somewhat fluid but it looks like about 60% original songs and the other 40% will be covers carefully chosen to highlight our strengths    This will be a process I'm sure and really exciting for most of us who have never done any studio recording before.  I hoping to have some photos and video of the sessions I can share in this blog so stay tuned!

Pretty much taking January and part of February off from performing to focus on the recording project but then we'll be back at it with the Big Turn Festival in Red Wing, February 21st and 22nd   We play at 7 pm Saturday at United Lutheran Church.  This is a BIG deal folks.  200 bands in more than 20 venues in downtown Red Wing.    Check out   The Big Turn Website for tickets and schedule information.     Then in March we will be at the MBOTMA Winter Bluegrass Weekend doing some of the songs from the new CD.   Check out MN Bluegrass.org for all the details on that event!     The following Saturday, March 13th we will be at Juniors in River Falls!  A new venue for us and we are so excited to play there!   That's going to be a Fun 3 hour show you won't want to miss!

For those in the Red Wing Area, I will be offering a songwriting workshop on February 5th at the Red Wing Arts Association Gallery.  That's in the Depot in Red Wing.  This will be the first of what the Arts Association hopes will become a series of "First Wednesday Workshops" on various topics of interest to the creative community in Red Wing and the surrounding area.   I'll share a few of my songs, along with some insights into the craft of songwriting as I have experienced it so far.

The calendar page  (Shows) will be continuously updated now as more booking are solidified for the year.    so be sure to check back often and come and see us when we are in your area!

 

 

Playing in Red Wings Living Room 

3 years ago, about the time we started this band actually, I made it a goal to play on this stage.   Check another one off the bucket list !!  We played the Central Park Bandshell... what we like to call Red Wings Living Room, last night as part of the Red Wing Arts Association Summer Concert Series. And it was every bit as much fun as I'd hoped it would be.    Great audience  (we are guessing 350 or so?)   and we had the absolute best weather all summer.   Low 70's no humidity and no bugs.   I couldn't have ordered it any better.    We played for almost 2 hours with a very short  break and I could have kept going..  It was the kind of show.that reminds you why you do this.   Professional sound by Mike Murphy.  The band was "on it"  Tim actually set his bass amp on fire.....  No literally, smoke and everything.     It's now 24 hours latter and I still want to grab  my guitar and run back out there.    Too much Fun !

Minnesota Bluegrass and OT Music Festival 

Another Minnesota Bluegrass August Festival is in the books.  This one was the 40th Anniversary, and what a  celebration it was!   I don't even remember how many of these festivals I have been to now but El Rancho Manana feels like a second home to me now and when we all gather there for the weekend, it feels just like a family reunion.   This year I was there for 4 days and 4 nights and it still wasn't near long enough.  The weather was beautiful - well, okay we could have lived with a little less rain on Saturday but at least it settled the dust.   The Ranch House stage was rocking every night.  There is just so much talent assembled there!   Couple of highlights for me was the Mabel and Me set at the Ranch House on Thursday.   Friday night the Double Down Daredevils did a full hour show at the Ranch House.  Saturday Guitar Showcase on the Showcase Stage with Clay Hess, Mike Cramer and Stash Wyslouch.   All three are amazing guitarists.  Stash probably has the most interesting story having found his way into Bluegrass and Old Time Music via punk / heavy metal   Saturday night Headline show was Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder.   I've been watching Ricky Skaggs since he was in Emmy Lou Harris' Hot Band.    The man puts on a show!.  It's very well put together from an organizational standpoint.   You can tell this was not just 7 guys who got together under a tree somewhere and said "hey, we should start a band"   He sang a bunch of the old favorites like "Uncle Pen" along with some newer songs.  Kinda heavy on the instrumentals for my taste but with pickers like that I didn't really mind so much!  I'd been hoping for a version of "Country Boy" but alas, that did not happen.    Clay Hess spent some time in Kentucky Thunder as the hot picker.   At the showcase he said that going into Rickys band he knew he would have to be rock solid at 200 beats per minute.  For anyone who doesn't know.... that's really fast !     Of course the jamming was awesome too.   All day and on into the night till nearly dawns early light.   Funny how you can be so bone tired you can barely keep your eyes open and then somebody says "it's your turn" and you pick something you hope you can remember in your somewhat addled state, and you turn in one of your best songs of the evening!

The 40th Anniversary Festival will be one of those events that sets the bar for all future festivals.   It was so much fun it never even occurred to me to take any pictures

 

"From Moville to Red Oak" 

Here is video #4 from our night at the Hastings Community TV station in June. 
This one is an instrumental written by Phil Nusbaum called "From Moville to Red Oak".   Hope you enjoy it. 

Thanks for watching!

"She's Not Here" 

Here is video #3 from our night at the Hastings Community TV station in June. 
This is the second song written and sung by Brin Peterson called "She's Not Here".   Hope you enjoy it. 

Thanks for watching!

"Minnesota Morning" 

Here is video #2 from our night at the Hastings Community TV station in June.  
This one is a Tom Peschges original called "Minnesota Morning".  Hope you enjoy it.

The next one should be up very soon.  Thanks for watching!

"Home" 

We are very excited to share the first of 4 originals with you.  We recorded the videos last month at the Hastings Community TV station.  The team over there did a fantastic job and we had a great time making them.  

The first song is "Home", written and sung by our own Brin Petersen.  We can hardly wait to share the rest of them with you as they are released on the "Around the Mic" sessions on their Facebook and Yahoo pages.  Check back soon for the next installment!

We Hooted ! 

It was another fun music filled weekend in Hastings!    The Daredevils played Friday night At Spiral Brewery.    It's a great venue with good beer, super friendly staff and the audience was awesome too!    Owner Nick Fox tells me they are working on a rooftop patio and I'm really excited to see that!.   

Then on Saturday it was the 10th Annual Hastings Hootenany  8 venues with a new band every half hour.   Tons of musicians, all styles - it's crazy fun and the whole thing is a fundraiser for the Hastings Middle School Music Program.    It was a Hoot !

Milestones 

As a band, over the 3 years we have existed as such, we have checked a number of boxes.  Our first gig.  Our first PAID gig, Our first Festival gig....  It's been so much fun.   Last August we checked off another Milestone.   We were invited to play the main stage at the Minnesota Bluegrass Festival.  One of the larger festivals of it's kind.  (Ricky Skaggs is playing there this year, just sayin)   We had a blast even in the heat and humidity of August in Minnesota, and the whole show was captured on video by {Pioneer Public Television.     This week feels like another milestone for us as our performance last August will be featured on Pioneers show  "Grassland Jam"  Saturday at 7 pm on Pioneer Public TV  and it will be available on Youtube next week.   It's all really exciting !    Here's a clip:

Winter Bluegrass Weekend in the books 

The Daredevils were in fine form Friday night at  The Minnesota Bluegrass "Winter Bluegrass Weekend"     We performed  on Friday night at 11 pm.  Now at first, we thought Wow, we got pushed all the way to the end of the night....  wonder if anyone will come?    So we were blown away by the number of our friends and fans who did come to see us at that late hour.    We decided to make it a party and party we did !     This festival had about 40 bands I think? on 3 stages going all weekend long.  In addition there were tons of great workshops.  i particularly enjoyed Jeff Woods, Bluegrass Guitar workshop and a songwriting workshop with Mark Krietzer.   And then of course,, jamming till the wee hours.   The joke is you have a hotel room but it's mostly for naps and a quick shower.   If you've never been, check them out   www.minnesotabluegrass.org    The August festival will feature Ricky Skaggs!     See you 'round the campfire!    Till then... lot's of local gigs coming up.   Flat Earth Brewing Next Saturday March 9th.   Maries in Red Wing.   March 23rd

 

 

 

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Previous events

Date Event Location
 —  — Bluegrass and Bites History Center of Olmsted County, Rochester History Center of Olmsted County, Rochester
Concert in the Orchard Le Duc Historic Estate, Hastings, MN 55033 Le Duc Historic Estate, Hastings, MN 55033
Red Wing Central Park Conert Central Park Band Shell, Red Wing, MN 55066 Central Park Band Shell, Red Wing, MN 55066
Historic Presbyterian Concert Series First Presbyterian Church First Presbyterian Church
Juniors Restaurant and Tap House Juniors Bar, River Falls, WI 54022 Juniors Bar, River Falls, WI 54022
 —  — Winter Bluegrass Weekend Crowne Plaza Hotel Minneapolis West, Plymouth, MN 55441 Crowne Plaza Hotel Minneapolis West, Plymouth, MN 55441
The Big Turn Music Festival United Lutheran Church, Red Wing, MN 55066 United Lutheran Church, Red Wing, MN 55066
The Double Down Daredevils Hobgoblin Music Loft, Red Wing, MN 55066 Hobgoblin Music Loft, Red Wing, MN 55066
Music For Meso Apple Valley American Legion, Apple Valley Apple Valley American Legion, Apple Valley
Private Event  
 —  — Cameron Bluegrass Festival Pioneer Village Museum, Cameron WI 54822 Pioneer Village Museum, Cameron WI 54822
Music in the Orchard LeDuc Historic Estate, Hastings, MN 55033 LeDuc Historic Estate, Hastings, MN 55033
The Double Down Daredevils Central Park Band Shell, Red Wing, MN 55066 Central Park Band Shell, Red Wing, MN 55066
 —  — Minnesota Bluegrass August Festival El Rancho Manana Campground, Richmond MN El Rancho Manana Campground, Richmond MN
The Double Down Daredevils Private Event Private Event
The Double Down Daredevils Private Event Private Event
The Double Down Daredevils St Paul Brewing Company, St. Paul, MN St Paul Brewing Company, St. Paul, MN
The Double Down Daredevils Riverside Park, Hastings, MN Riverside Park, Hastings, MN
Private Party Howard Lake, MN 55349 Howard Lake, MN 55349
 —  — Private Party