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Known locally as the inspiration behind the Blue Sage Band, Mike Iverson is now know worldwide for his contributions advancing the art of clawhammer banjo. This unusual banjo technique is going through a renaissance as players everywhere are starting to realize it’s potential. Mike is one of the leading figures in this movement and has received widespread accolades as an arranger, instructor, author, and as the creator of one of the world’s most popular clawhammer banjo websites.
The Blue Sage Band is a high energy acoustic folk group specializing in bluegrass, folk, and cowboy/western music.
The music of Blue Sage revolves around Mike Iverson’s baritone voice and contemporary clawhammer banjo stylings and features some of Utah’s finest musicians. Band members include Mike Iverson on banjo and guitar, Shauna Iverson on upright bass, with Rob Ricks and Heather Blaisdell on twin fiddles.
The Blue Sage sound is unique, which prompted Marvin O’Dell, the host of the internet radio program ‘Around The Campfire’, to write: "I love the simple instrumentation. You (Blue Sage) make a banjo and fiddle work together better than anyone I’ve ever heard – and there’s nothing "showy" about it. This is outstanding material."
Blue Sage has been selected for the prestigious Utah Performing Arts Tour for four seasons.