Ryan Cox, clockwise from back left, Andrew Henry, Carol Ives and Pat Waters of Missed the Boat, a local band with a bluegrass touch that is looking for chances to play.

Photo by John F. Russell

Ryan Cox, clockwise from back left, Andrew Henry, Carol Ives and Pat Waters of Missed the Boat, a local band with a bluegrass touch that is looking for chances to play.

Simple dancing music

Eclectic band Missed the Boat finds its sound

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Missed the Boat, jam and bluegrass

  • Saturday, March 8, 2008, time TBA
  • Hahn's Peak Cafe, 61070 County Road 129, Clark, CO
  • All ages / Free

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— The four members of Steamboat Springs jam band Missed the Boat have been performing locally at open mike nights for years. But they hadn't played as a group - not really, at least - until a private party in early December.

"Someone came up and said, 'Hey will you play our party this Saturday?' Meanwhile we'd never practiced together," said songwriter/vocalist/guitarist Ryan Cox.

Along with Andrew Henry (mandolin, backing vocals), Carol Ives (bass) and Pat Waters (drums, backing vocals), Cox has been looking for chances for the band to play ever since.

Lounging in a small

circle of office chairs, the band describes its music - which within a few weeks of that first performance made its way to a four-song demo CD - as "rockin' folk bluegrass."

"The rockin' folk part - I don't know how you'd explain it - it's kind of simple music, but it's easy to dance to," Henry said.

Henry's mandolin and banjolin (a hybrid instrument with a metal backing) gives the group's music a bluegrass flavor, but much of the band's songwriting rests in the kind of Americana-fed acoustic rock popularized by the Grateful Dead and fanaticized by countless bands since. In its first four recorded songs, Missed the Boat naturally handles the transition from road-warrior ballad to harmonica-fueled back porch jam.

"If it wasn't for you, I don't know if it would be as much bluegrass," Cox said, referring to Henry's choice of instruments.

Aside from Henry and

Ives working at ski school together, the members of Missed the Boat found each other at the weekly Monday open mike night at Mahogany Ridge.

Henry heard Cox performing his original songs with Peter Hall, who sometimes joins the band on harmonica. Ives and Waters made their way to the group through similar meetings and impromptu jam sessions.

"We all like to jam, you know, and play extended songs. I think that's kind of what brought us together," Henry said.

Ives said having like-minded musicians to feed off of adds immeasurably to the rush of performing.

"It's exciting to play in

a living room, and it's exciting to play open mike night. But it's even more exciting to play a gig somewhere and people come to see you," Ives said.

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