the Anvil Blasters music band
traditional cover songs and original music to satisfy your twang thang
Acoustic American Roots Music, songs of livin', dyin', lovin' and lyin' in 4/4 time TM

A n v i l   B l a s t i n g ?

Although "Anvil Blasters" may sound like the name of a heavy metal (pun intended) band, we play an eclectic mix of old and new songs, rowdy and mellow, known and fresh, covers and originals.

The songs of the Anvil Blasters are peopled with border renegades and desert dreamers, poets and pirates and ghosts of the old, weird America. It's a rollicking recipe of gunpowder, twang and tequila that has earned The Anvil Blasters a loyal following across Central Oregon.

Jim's rich baritone and accomplished rhythm guitar make for fine delivery of his well-crafted story-songs spawned from an exceptionally articulate mind; plus he adds some high lonesome with harmonica. Mike's originals are a fun mix of sweet and hysterical, and he laces fine bright lead guitar and mandolin leads thoughout the set. Lynn's torchey voice turn heads and taps the heart, and she tosses in a bluegrass tinge with her mandolin chops and a few fiddle leads. An original Anvil Blaster, blacksmith Jeff Wester adds that banjo twang to liven up the mix. Each of the four bandmates sing lead on various songs, so it's not the same ol' sound. Incidentally, we think that music amplified too loud, well, is just a pain in the ears.


F e a t u r i n g :

Jim Cornelius — vocals, guitar & harmonica
Mike Biggers — vocals, lead guitar & mandolin
Lynn Woodward — vocals, mandolin & fiddle
Jeff Wester — vocals & banjo


P o r c h   P i c k i n '   a t   Y o u r   P l a c e!

The Anvil Blasters are available this summer, 2022, for house concerts on your porch, deck, patio, yard, yacht …

Celebrate a birthday, retirement, or just party! Outdoors. Invite your family, friends, neighbors to your home for a small gathering of a more personal nature with music! These shows can be amplified or just acoustic on your deck — like singin' 'round the campfire. Email or call Jim about dates and details: contact info at the bottom of this page.


As Mike puts it:
   Just give [us] some wine and a three-chord song
   And a porch in the pines is where [we] belong


P.S. Lynn is already in Oregon for our gigs this ('22) summer, and she is so looking forward to seein' you!




S u b s c r i b e   t o   o u r   E m a i l e d   G i g   A l e r t   L i s t :

If you closed the pop-up sign-up form, just email Lynn to have her put you on the gig list. You may, of course, unsubscribe at any time.



U p c o m i n g   G i g s,   2 0 2 2 :

August 3, 10 & 17, all Wednesdays @ 6-8pm
— at Black Butte Ranch, NW of Sisters, OR

Black Butte Ranch has a series of music picnics on the lawn every summer, and we get to play for several of them! Specifically, outside on the lawn beside the old Rec Center, near the main lodge. There is some tree shade which increases into the evening, so bring a jacket or blanket. Kids are welcome, and the portable climbing wall will likely be in action!

Bring a ground-blanket or lawn chairs. You may bring your own picnic and libations. And/or you may order & take-out the fare at the Bistro, which is a short walk from the music. They'll also have a hamburger & hotdog BBQ and cold drinks available right there on the lawn (a new thing this summer). Black Butte Ranch, just in case ya don't know, is about 10 minutes west of Sisters on Hwy 20/126. You don't need a permit to access this area of BBR. The concert is open to the public, and it's free!

August 21, 6-8p Sunday — House Concert at Tom and Norene's, Sisters, OR

$20 suggested donation, RSVP only; limited seating. Water and some cookies provided; bring your own beverages, meal, and/or an appetizer or dessert to share. Email tom.norene@gmail.com to RSVP, the address, and more information! All of the Anvil Blasters for this concert, and we'll focus on songs that we don't often pull out at a larger performance — along with stories you may not have heard, close-up and personal in their backyard. Children are very welcome at no charge, but please leave your doggies at home. Bring your own chairs or blanket; arrive as early as 5:15 to pick a spot and visit with friends before the show.

Aug 28, Sunday evening, 6-8pm — Community Concert Series, Sisters Community Church

Sharing the bill with Pete Kartsounes & Bob Baker! This concert series is an opportunity for community gathering, learning about and contributing to several of our community partners. Several bands are lined up for several summer Sunday evenings to benefit: Young Life, Kiwanis, PRC, FAN, In Our Backyard. We're the last concert in the series, so keep an eye peeled in the news for earlier concerts, each highlighting the work of and benefiting a different organization! On the lawn, bring your own chairs or blanket. It is a free event; a food truck will be present, or you may bring your own picnic. Also note, the audience will be in the sun at the start of the evening, so a hat is advised!

September 10, 6-8p Saturday — House Concert at Tom and Norene's, Sisters, OR

$20 suggested donation, RSVP only; limited seating. Water and some cookies provided; bring your own beverages, meal, and/or an appetizer or dessert to share. Email tom.norene@gmail.com to RSVP, the address, and more information! This evening will feature Mike Biggers, Jim Cornelius, and songwriter/multi-instrumentalist/powerhouse vocalist Lilli Worona, close-up and personal in their backyard. Children are very welcome at no charge, but please leave your doggies at home. Bring your own chairs or blanket; arrive as early as 5:15 to pick a spot and visit with friends before the show.


N e w s :

Frontier Partisans podcastJim's launched a podcast! Have Jim tell some of the history, legends and lore of the Frontier Partisans on Podbean, delivered directly to your ears, as you drive, clean house, or whatever. Three or so episodes every month, starting with the life of Kit Carson and his Scots-Irish kin. History presented in juicy, why-they-done it tales with spicy details and a heap o' context. Learning history can be fun! Most episodes are free, and you are invited to support Jim's endeavors on Patreon if you'd like special access to his creations or put a tip in his hat at his Go Fund Me campaign for his prolific and informative blog, Frontier Partisans. Thank ya' pardners!

Frontier Partisans podcastHave a look at Jim's new blog endeavor: Running Iron Report — it's a collaboration with Craig Rullman about, well, here's a clip to pique your interest: "Times are strange. Honor is outlawed, so the honorable must turn outlaw. The Cattle Barons and the Empire of Nothing have slapped their brand on just about everything. It's time to … alter… that. Time to break out the Running Iron."

Warriors of the Wild Lands Frontier Partisans book temp cover

Warriors of the Wildlands: True Tales of the Frontier Partisans, Jim's book is out! It's available for purchase in local bookstores Sisters' own Paulina Springs Books. Read more about it on Jim's Frontier Partisans blog.

Borderland Noir book cover

Borderland Noir, Jim has an essay, "Pancho Villa: Fourth Horseman of the Mexican Apocalypse," published in the crime anthology Borderland Noir, edited by Craig McDonald and published by Betimes Books. It's available at Paulina Springs Books in Sisters and Redmond as well as online. Says Jim, "It's just a wildly fascinating chunk of history. Talk about your game of thrones — every single major leader of the Revolution died violently. In this case, it wasn't just you win or you die, it was you win AND you die."

Read about guys of questionable character — you always wanted to!
Many of you know that Jim Cornelius writes more than songs. His blog is getting attention worldwide, something of an online book (that's foreshadowing… more to come on that subject!): short chapters on his favorite partisans of days gone by in his riveting storyteller style: FrontierPartisans.com. You love his songs, you'll love his website, too!

Take Mike home with you!
Mike's NEW CD is now available! Ain't Makin' This Up is well … now made up.

Our very own Mike Biggers has his own website, AND, Mike's latest CD and first solo CD, Smoke Signals in a Hurricane, are both available at his & our gigs and on his website!


D o n e   G o n e   G i g s ,   2 0 2 2 :

May 28, Saturday
— at The Barn in Sisters, Main Ave x Fir St, Sisters, OR

(Our gig was cancelled for wind and rain :( …) But come on out to other events at this really sweet new venue in downtown Sisters! Created as a joint effort by several locals, it's a tap house with food trucks, serving as a community hub. With a lovely garden area and lots of outdoor seating.

July 6, July 20, both Wednesdays @ 6-8pm
— at Black Butte Ranch, west of Sisters, OR

Black Butte Ranch has a series of music picnics on the lawn every summer, and we get to play for several of them! Specifically, outside on the lawn beside the old Rec Center, near the main lodge. There is some tree shade which increases into the evening, so bring a jacket or blanket. Kids are welcome, and the portable climbing wall will likely be in action!

Bring a ground-blanket or lawn chairs. You may bring your own picnic and libations. And/or you may order & take-out the fare at the Bistro, which is a short walk from the music. Black Butte Ranch, just in case ya don't know, is about 10 minutes west of Sisters on Hwy 20/126. You don't need a permit to access this area of BBR. The concert is open to the public, and it's free!

July 24, Sunday evening — Sisters Saloon, Sisters, OR

Out on the patio. 'Twas rowdy!



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