"About a couple of hours before the catfish really bite, after a major portion of a cottonwood has been reduced to ash, the music begins. A single note leaves the fingertips of John Walker, travels the bank, floats with the smoke out over the river -- disappearing somewhere short of Fullerton.
And when one by one The Nightcrawlers emerge -- and the fire is surrounded, wooden stools sitting tight with the flame -- the boys begin to play.
And the only thing better than the music and songs that rise from the circle is being here, on the bank of the Loup, listening."
-- liner notes, Loup River Saturday Night
John Walker is a transplanted Okie who now calls Nebraska home. He has performed across the country in venues from The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. to The Troubadour in Los Angeles. He tours with the Touring Artists Program of the Nebraska Arts Council.
David Morris has provided his exemplary, subtle bass line for numerous Lincoln bands for more than 30 years, including Home Cookin', The Bluegrass Crusade, The Star Spangled Wranglers, The Gentlemen of Jive, Rhythm Method, the New Hokum Boys, and others.
Terry Keefe is a veteran of many Lincoln, Nebraska bands,
including The Sandy Creek Pickers, Paddywhack, Northwynd, and Fat City. He
has toured with Padddywhack and Northwynd in the Nebraska Arts Council's
David Marsh is a long-time Lincoln folkie, a master of multifarious instruments, and has a history of inspiring kids of all ages to pick up something and play it. He toured with Paddywhack and Northwynd for the Nebraska Arts Council and has performed at numerous music festivals.
Robert Kloefkorn, banjoist and tune-craftsman, was the 1995 recipient of the Attaboy Catfish-Angler Award. His tune "All in G," around a 1996 Loup River campfire, was the main inspiration for "Loup River Saturday Night."