Robben Ford’s Guitar Army takes aim at Crystal Bay

Guitar Army
Guitar Army — Robben Ford, Joe Robinson and Lee Roy Parnell — is on duty Friday at the Crystal Bay Casino.

Everybody wants Robben Ford to play with them and the guitar virtuoso is happy to comply.

He’s been with Miles Davis, Joni Mitchell, George Harrison, Barbara Streisand and Bob Dylan, as well as blues giants Bonnie Raitt, Charlie Musselwhite, Jimmy Witherspoon and Ruthie Foster.

Ford will appear with Lee Roy Parnell and Joe Robinson – a supergroup called Guitar Army – on Friday in the Crystal Bay Casino. It will be a seated show in the Crown Room and at midweek there were still tickets on sale for $30.

Ford, Parnell and Robinson each will play a 20-minute set – Robinson will play solo, Parnell in a duo, and Ford in a trio that includes drummer Wes Little and bassist Brian Allen. All of the musicians then will gather for a 40-minute set.

South Lake Tahoe’s Wesley Orsolic Band will make its Crystal Bay Casino debut when it plays the Red Room after-party.

“It really fits us so I am really, really looking forward to it,” Orsolic said. “I have been aware of him for a long time. When he was with the Yellowjackets, they were trying to push him as a fusion player. He said, ‘No, I’m just a bluesman.’ I try not to overdo it, and that’s also his approach.”

Parnell is a walking, talking embodiment of Southern soul, press materials say. The Texas Heritage Songwriters’ Hall of Fame Member and noted slide guitarist has charted seven Top 10 country hits and earned two Grammy Award nominations.

Robinson is an Australian prodigy who, at the ripe age of 11, met acoustic virtuoso Tommy Emmanuel — a few years later, the two started playing shows together and just after turning 17-years-old, Robinson won Australia’s Got Talent. He has received global acclaim for his performances and has developed a unique solo electric guitar set that highlights his truly rare ability.

Ford’s drummer, Wes Little, played President Obama’s Inaugural Ball, playing behind Stevie Wonder, Beyonce and Sting. Bassist Brian Allen is a schooled musician and winner of the Louis Armstrong Jazz award.

A native of Ukiah, California, Ford’s played on 35 albums.

Related story: Wesley Orsolic Band shocks Reno. LINK

  • Guitar Army featuring Robben Ford, Lee Roy Parnell and Joe Robinson
    When: 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23
    Where: Crystal Bay Casino Crown Room (seated show)
    Tickets: $30

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    South Lake Tahoe’s Wesley Orsolic Band.
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