Mixing in the sounds of a plucky banjo, the sweet vibrations of the mandolin, the deep resonating bass and an authentic twang, Red Dog Ash is finding their groove in the bluegrass arena.

Red Dog Ash will be playing at the West Side Theatre in Newman at 8 p.m. Nov. 13. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $18 for reserved.

The band, which gets its name from the byproduct of uncontrolled coal fires, is made up of banjo player Mark Peet; Gary Vessel on mandolin; bass player Mark Eagleton; Shane Kalbach on fiddle and vocals; and Jason Winfree on lead guitar.

The Central Valley transplants have found their muse in the Valley’s landscape and people. The group writes the majority of their own songs. Compositions like “Valley Heat” and “New Dust Bowl Blues” tell the stories that are unique to the Valley and are delivered in classic bluegrass tradition with tight heartfelt harmonies and hard-driving tunes.

The band even replicates the bluegrass tradition of choreographing their playing around a single microphone.

Red Dog Ash has played at numerous bluegrass festivals in the state and were once named “Emerging Artist” at the Bluegrassin’ in the Foothills festival. Country Chart described them as “a surprisingly fresh and exciting bluegrass band” with a self-titled debut album “that has a touch of old-soul country mixed with classic mountain music.”

Joining Red Dog Ash will be North Country Blue, which recently released their album “ Flight.”

North Country Blue began as a foursome in 2017 when four young girls, familiar with the bluegrass and folk music scene, decided to form their own band. Since that time, the band has added a fifth member and has appeared at Strawberry Music Festival, the Father’s Day Festival in Grass Valley, the Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival, Viva Las VeGrass in Las Vegas, and the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley. Band members have represented the California Bluegrass Association in the “Kids on Bluegrass Program” at the International Bluegrass Music Association’s conference in Raleigh, North Carolina, and they are all stalwart teachers in the CBA’s Youth Academy program each summer, bringing the next generation along. North Country Blue was a finalist in the 2019 RockyGrass band competition,   competing against bands from all over the country. 

North Country Blue is made up of Tessa Schwartz on vocals and fiddle; Megan January on vocals and bass; Ida Winfree on vocals, mandolin and guitar; Christine Wilhoyte on vocals and banjo; and John Gooding on vocals, guitar and mandolin.

Tickets to the concert can be purchased by visiting www.westsidetheatre.org or calling (209) 862-4490.