About The Band


We play music because we enjoy it, and we hope you enjoy listening. Or singing along. Or tapping your feet. Or just hearing some background music while you have a good time doing whatever you're doing. So kick back, enjoy, and help us revive the tradition of Back Porch Music.


Featured clockwise from the upper left: Aron Racho, Tony McCormick, Dan Anolik, Gene Greer and Bruce Peterson hanging out in front of a 1500 pound pumpkin at the 2008 Giant Pumpkin Regatta in Tualatin.

 

 
   
 

Gene Greer is our lead singer. He plays guitar, writes songs, and also writes for the Web and for television - though he's trying to work his way out of TV and into a series of other pursuits he calls semi-retirement. Among them: more freelance writing, learning new instruments, fishing, and cursing at glitchy, buggy computers.

 
Aron Racho is native to the Philippines, where bluegrass music is virtually unknown. While not playing the bass and singing backup vocals for BPR, he is a software professional in his spare time. Aron moved to the Pacific Northwest seven years ago, but only recently discovered snowboarding when he realized that snow existed on Mount Hood. Prior to Oregon, Aron lived in the midwest, where there was an abundance of snow which he tried as hard as possible to ignore.  
Tony McCormick sings backup vocals, plays the Banjo, Banjola and Baritone Uke. Originally came from deep east Texas, but he's recovering. Another 18 years in the NW ought to do it, currently hiding in Tigard, Oregon and spending way too much time on way too many hobbies.  
At the age of 6 Dan Anolik was stolen from his home in Cantsingistan and sold into slavery with a traveling mandolin circus. Tuning mandolins for 12 hours a day got old, but traveling exposed him to many musical influences including celtic, Balkan, Appalachian and klezmer. At 18 he took up arms with the underground political movement called "Boomchik", which tried using bluegrass music to overthrow the Venezuelan government. When that failed, he was forced to seek political refuge in a town that was friendly to all kinds of folk music: Portland, Oregon. Dan still lives in Portland with his lovely wife, 3 mandolins and a rack of harmonicas.  

Bruce Peterson left the brown hills of Eastern Oregon for the happy rain and green hills of the Cascades. He became hooked on bluegrass when a friend told him to 'Don't buy a car, buy a guitar and play bluegrass.' He's been playing ever since. After false starts on the guitar and mandolin, he now plays his 'native' instruments: upright bass and penny whistle. He's also been known to play the piano, chess, and duplicate bridge, but not on stage. Bruce once jammed for 17 hours, missing the last MAX train of the night.