Tuesday, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.,
The Arizona Senior Academy Building
Cadillac Mountain, a Tucson based bluegrass band, is a dynamic group of musicians who have been playing together in southern Arizona since 2002, bringing their high-energy, hard driving bluegrass sound and low-key style to audiences all over the state. Having long-standing weekly gigs at several Tucson watering holes, Cadillac Mountain has built a loyal following throughout southern Arizona. They are known for their fine musicianship and outstanding vocals as well as their respect for the roots of bluegrass music. Joel Leland, guitar, hails from Cape Elizabeth, Maine, and got the name of the band from the highest point on the eastern seaboard in Maine, Cadillac Mountain. It’s the first place the sun touches the continental United States.
- Joel has been playing bluegrass guitar in the Tucson area for 20 years and is known for his unique, powerful vocals.
- Rudy Cortese has been a championship banjo player throughout the Southwest for over 30 years. He is a singer, songwriter and composer and is a four-time winner of the Four Corner States Banjo Championships and an Arizona state banjo champion.
- Katy Carr joined the band in 2002 on the upright bass after a long-standing stint touring with the Molehill Orchestra. Katy has been keeping everyone on time and smiling for over 12 years.
- After moving to Tucson in 1990, Heather Hardy joined the Sam Taylor Band as a featured violin soloist and soon became a vocalist. By 1996, Heather had formed her Lil’ Mama Band, taking it to New York in 1997, and in 2000 she was inducted into the Arizona Blues Hall of Fame. She has been bringing her amazing style to Cadillac Mountain and putting the blue in bluegrass for over 12 years.
Written by Beverley Robertson, Academy Village Volunteer
May 7: “Cadillac Mountain Bluegrass”