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By Laura Moore
Special to The PREVIEW
The free Summer Concert Series at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts kicks off Tuesday, June 25, at 7 p.m. with the country band Bonnie and the Clydes.
Bonnie and the Clydes is a brand new, six-piece country band exploding on to the Colorado Front Range scene.
Fronted by Bonnie Sims, one of Colorado’s best up-and-coming singer/songwriters, and backed by a unit of musicians with more than 80 years of combined musical experience, this band is shaping a new sound of Colorado country.
Bonnie Sims commands the stage with a natural presence of a songstress beyond her years. At 25, she has already managed to establish herself as a hard working woman of this modern musical era. Bonnie sings with a voice that seems too big for her petite five-foot frame, belting to the back row wherever she is with heart and soul. Her energy is infectious and undeniable; she makes it easy to love and impossible to sit still, be it an emotional evoking ballad or a peel-the-paint country rocker.
The band consists of Taylor Sims (Bonnie’s husband) on electric guitar and vocals, Nancy Steinberger on fiddle and harmony vocals, Michael Schenkleberg on bass guitar, Chris Ramey on pedal steel and Damon Smith on drums. In addition to Taylor’s electric guitar and vocal contribution to the band, he and Bonnie also pool their songwriting talents to co-write many tunes that define the unique Bonnie and the Clydes’ sound.
In early 2011, Bonnie and the Clydes released their self-titled debut album to much critical acclaim. The album became No. 18 in Colorado Sounds’ Best of 2011 year-end review. Bonnie and the Clydes are set to release the sophomore project, “Wrong Side Up,” this July. This release has generated plenty of pre-release buzz with fans and critics alike.
The free Summer Concert Series at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts is open to the public every other Tuesday through Aug. 6 this summer. Four amazing music acts will be presented.
Next up is the Motown sensation One on One, sure to get the crowd up on their feet on July 9.