Southwest Showcase patrons enjoyed an afternoon of Bluegrass on November 10 when the CSI Band graced the stage at the Deloraine-Winchester Theatre. The band actually came about by accident. They were asked to perform in place of another band at a church function and things kind of progressed from there. At that time the band was a trio — John and Rose Sawatsky and Wayne Carruthers. As they evolved, a trio turned into a quartet when Wayne’s son David joined in playing the bass.
Some of the songs presented were Simon Crutchfield’s Grave, Dark As a Dungeon, No Hiding Place Down Here. “Bluegrass is about death and dying, but we sing it with great joy,” joked Carruthers.
CSI Band are fans of many Bluegrass artists as well as the country, folk and gospel genres and they performed several cover songs — John Denver’s “Country Roads”, Kitty Wells “Make Believe”, Gordon Lightfoot’s “Redwood Hill”, Johnny Cash’s “I Still Miss Someone” to name a few.
The concert came to a close all too soon. The audience enjoyed the distinct flavor and harmonies of the Bluegrass numbers delivered by CSI Band, showing their appreciation with a standing ovation.