In March of 2008 a few Wayne County friends decided to retrieve their dusty instruments from various cellars, closets and attics, and see if they could remember any chords or lyrics from their dark, distant pasts. Thus began the Thursday Night Music Group, which for the last three years has thrived and expanded, providing a recreational music outlet for everyone from rank beginners to accomplished musicians, from pre-teens to nonagenerians. Floating from house to house , the weekly sessions are as much friendly get togethers and potlucks as they are jam sessions. The two most central communal beliefs are that all persons have music within them, and should have a way to enjoy music without judgement or expectations.
To everyone's surprise, the group was soon asked to perform at a town event, and the MC needed a name for the introduction. Several alternatives were considered, including The Barely Adequate String Band, and Why Bother?, but the winner was Rough Around The Edges, both catchy and truly descriptive. Rough Around The Edges generally plays older folk, country and traditional tunes, but recent spinoffs include a group called Still Rockin', concentrating on 50's rock songs, and another group whose main interest is pioneer dance tunes.
A Rough Around The Edges concert is always high energy and enthusiastic, with an emphasis on fun and audience participation.
The makeup of Rough Around The Edges varies from time to time, but for this deal it looks like it'll be Hank and Brenda Winawer, Teri Taylor, Elissa Stevens, Rod and Eileen Frazier, Bob Poulton, Tamie Bagley, Dee Hatch, Linda Ward, and Becky Pace. You never know....there might also be a mystery artist or two!