Sunday Funday at The Old Lyme Inn

If it’s traditional bluegrass with a healthy serving of that “high lonesome sound” you’re looking for, then listening to and watching Nick Anderson and Shady Creek play their music should do the trick. With high-energy picking and soulful duet, trio and quartet harmony the band tears it up with their style of bluegrass music. Nick and Shady Creek have played extensively in New England for over thirty years and a few years back made a swing through New Brunswick and Nova Scotia entertaining Canadian bluegrass fans.
Nick Anderson and Shady Creek at the Old Lyme Inn on Sunday Fundays

Nick Anderson & Shady Creek Band Member’s Biographies

Nick Anderson, Plainfield, CT

Based out of his farm in Plainfield, CT, Nick Anderson, and his band Shady Creek play Bluegrass music that keeps the traditional sound alive and well. Entertaining folks with the “high lonesome sound” has been a passion for Nick and has helped keep the band together through numerous changes for more than twenty-five years. The band has played a variety of festivals, fairs and concert venues throughout the Northeast and Canada. Nick captures the essence of Bluegrass with drive, soulful singing and a genuine love for the music. He is considered “one of the top traditional Bluegrass singers in New England”. As well as singing lead, tenor and covering rhythm guitar in Shady Creek, Nick has penned more than a few songs that the band performs and that have appeared on the band’s recordings over the years. The original titles add another dimension to the otherwise solid traditional repertoire of the band. Besides doing carpentry work and taking care of the farm on which he lives, Nick produces a monthly Bluegrass program from October thru March which he hosts along with Shady Creek. He brings a wide variety of regional Bluegrass and traditional groups as his guests. See them at the Killingly Grange the fourth Saturday of the month October thru March.

Monty McClanahan, Sterling, CT

An eight-year veteran of Shady Creek, Monty provides the essential “high lonesome” tenor vocals in the band and is the other half of the vocal team in Shady Creek. Monty also covers the mandolin spot in the group with his powerful but tasteful, lead and rhythm chops. An expatriate of Nashville, TN, Monty knows what the real deal sounds like and lends his ear to arrangements in the band. In addition to singing the lead on his favorite tunes, Monty has some fine original tunes added to the band’s material. With Monty’s strong tenor vocals and Nick’s lead singing, the band is able to perform some of the “brothers duet” style numbers well known in Bluegrass music.

Tom Dailey, Clinton, CT

Tom (banjo) grew up in Connecticut where music was always a part of his life. His father, also a banjo player, showed Tom his first chords on the guitar. In time, he would go to bluegrass festivals and contests with his father and brother. He has been a member of a number of bluegrass bands, including the Fenton River String Band, Tabacco Valley Bluegrass, and Charter Oak Bluegrass Band. He spent a few years, broadening his musical knowledge, picking in Ohio and West Virginia. Most recently, he enjoys playing bluegrass with Shady Creek.

Tom Bowman, Uncasville, CT

Bass player and vocalist Tom Bowman has been involved with bluegrass music since 1978. Over the decades he played with some of the top bands and noted musicians in New England. His rock-solid bass drive brought him to Europe for a few tours with some great musicians. Also, he was the host for the popular “Mostly Bluegrass” radio program for nearly 20 years! While his experience on bass includes rock, jazz, swing, rockabilly etc, it seems he has found his true roots in bluegrass. In addition to playing bass with Shady Creek he rounds out their vocal trio to deliver that pure bluegrass sound.

Special Guest: Stacy Phillips, New Haven, CT

Stacy Phillips is a Grammy award-winning dobro and violin player. He has performed with many of the top acoustic musicians including Mark O’Connor, Bela Fleck and Leon Redbone.
Stacy is the author of more than 25 books about his chosen instruments. This body of work has served as the authority for tens of thousands of musicians.