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.
Pete Rathbun on sound
Jim's rich baritone and accomplished rhythm guitar make for fine delivery of his well-crafted story-songs spawned from an exceptionally articulate mind. Lynn's torchey voice turn heads and taps the heart, and she tosses in a bluegrass tinge with her mandolin chops. Mike's originals are a fun mix of sweet and hysterical, and he laces fine bright lead guitar and mandolin leads thoughout the set. An original Anvil Blaster, blacksmith Jeff Wester is back with us on banjo adding that twang to liven up the mix. Pete spends a good part of a gig taking' care of balancing the sound (he incidentally, thinks that music amplified too loud, well, is just a pain in the ears).

Photos thanks to Lynn Woodward and Traci Hill.

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 — banjo & vocals


L i s t e n   t o   a   S a m p l i n g   o f   S o n g s :

Why Ain't We in Mexico, by Jim Cornelius  
Paper Kisses, by Mike Biggers  
Chop the Wood, by Jim Cornelius  
She Dreams of Horses, by Jim Cornelius  
Porch in the Pines, by Mike Biggers  
Big Thanks to the folks at The Barn in Sisters, Oregon
for the use of their wonderful venue to make this casual recording!
All songs copyrighted.

  

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U p c o m i n g   G i g s,   2 0 1 6 :

[We can't keep up with all that Mike is doing solo, so to see what else he's up to go to Mike's website!]

Nov 18, 6-9p Friday — Faith Hope and Charity Vineyards, 70455 NW Lower Bridge Rd., Terrebonne, OR.

Lovely location overlooking the vineyard with views of the Three Sisters, too! $5 cover, all ages. Wine, beer and food available, covered by a tent with heaters. Reservations recommended: 541-526-5075.


N e w s :
Warriors of the Wild Lands Frontier Partisans book temp cover

Breaking News! Warriors of the Wild Lands: True Tales of the Frontier Partisans, Jim's forthcoming book is imminent! The book goes to press in November and all the Kickstarter supporters will receive their book and rewards very soon!

Then the book will be available for purchase in local bookstores and on Jim's website. 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!
Our very own Mike Biggers has his own website, AND, Mike's CD, Smoke Signals in a Hurricane, is available at his & our gigs and on his website! And, 2016 news: Mike's NEW CD will be available this year… stay "tuned"!


D o n e   G o n e   G i g s ,   2 0 1 6 :

Jan 11, 7-9p Monday — The Open Door at Clearwater Gallery, at Hood Ave x Oak St., Sisters, OR

All ages, no cover, wonderful appetizers and meals, wine, beer and other beverages. About 25 seats inside, so make reservations! More info and contact: (541) 549-4995.

Feb 20, 6-9p Saturday — Faith Hope and Charity Vineyards, 70455 NW Lower Bridge Rd., Terrebonne, OR, 541.526.5075.

Pizza, reservations recommended. $5 cover, all ages.

March 9, Wednesday, 6:30-8p — Borderland Noire, Paulina Springs Books, Sisters, OR

Local historian, writer and musician — our own Jim Cornelius! — and the Anvil Blasters will mark the historic centennial of Poncho Villa's raid on Columbus NM. Jim will set the historical scene (the good, bad and ugly) and read from his essay, "Pancho Villa: Fourth Horseman of the Mexican Apocalypse" published in the crime anthology, Borderland Noir. Then we'll turn the book store into a cantina and sing about it. And, of course, Jim's books will be available for purchase, and Jim'll sign it for ya, too! 252 W. Hood Ave. More info: Nugget News article, Jim 541-390-6973 or Paulina Springs Books 541-549-0866.

March 19, Saturday — private party

March 25, 7-9p Friday — Cork Cellars 391 W. Cascade Ave, Sisters, OR

Jim & Mike will pack the cellar! Wine Bar and Bistro. Small venue. Make a reservation: 541-549-2675.

April 2, 6-9p Saturday — Faith Hope and Charity Vineyards, 70455 NW Lower Bridge Rd., Terrebonne, OR.

Lovely location overlooking the vineyard with views of the Three Sisters, too! $5 cover, all ages. Wine, beer and oven-baked pizza on the patio, covered by a tent, with heaters if needed. Reservations recommended: 541-526-5075.

April 21, 6:30 - 8:30p Thursday — Circle of Friends fundraiser, Hood Avenue Art, Sisters, OR.

A $10 suggested donation will benefit Circle of Friends, Sisters' local youth mentoring program; refreshments will be served. Circle of Friends uplifts young folks in need of a hand by providing mentors with a long-term commitment to provide positive experiences for youth in the Sisters community. Mentors meet with their child on a weekly basis, spending quality time and creating a bond to support the child moving toward success. Open to everyone! Come on out and find out more about Circle of Friends!

May 6, 7-9p Friday — Cork Cellars 391 W. Cascade Ave, Sisters, OR

Jim & Mike will pack the cellar! Wine Bar and Bistro. Small venue. Make a reservation: 541-549-2675.

June 11, 11a-3p Saturday — Art in the Park, Creekside Park, Sisters, OR.

In conjunction with the Sisters Rodeo weekend, a variety of arts, crafts, antiques, food at Creekside Park. Jefferson St x Hwy 20. Event runs 10a-5p; Jim will play solo, multiple sets between 11a and 3p. Free.

June 17, 7-9p Friday — Benefit for Warfighter Outfitters, The Barn in Sisters, Sisters, OR.

Warfighter Outfitters is a registered nonprofit guide and outfitter service for disabled veterans; they provide no-charge fishing and hunting trips for wounded veterans in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Just $150 will get a group of 4 vets out fishing for a day. Come out to see the driftboat, equipped to accomodate wheelchairs, and talk with Brett Miller and several vets about how WFO gets disabled vets out into the woods doing things they love. Some food provided; BYOB and food as you wish. $20 suggested donation. The Barn in Sisters: 68467 Three Creeks Rd.: take Elm St. south out of town, three-quarters of a mile south from Cascade Avenue (note: access to venue is a flight of 20 steps). All ages welcome.

June 18, Saturday — private party

July 6, 6-8p Wednesday — Black Butte Ranch, west of Sisters, OR

Black Butte Ranch is having a series of music picnics on the lawn this summer, and we get to play for several of them! Specifically, 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 blankie. Kids are welcome. The climbing wall will be open for play even if you're not a kid.

Bring a 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 an 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 7, Thursday eve — Black Butte Ranch, west of Sisters, OR

Jim & Lynn will play music in the Bistro at BBR.

July 9, 11a-4p Saturday — Sisters Artist Marketplace, Cascade Ave, Sisters, OR.

Arts & Crafts Festival, Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show weekend. We'll play multiple sets between 11a and 4p. Free.

July 11, Monday — private party

July 13, 6-8p Wednesday — Black Butte Ranch, west of Sisters, OR

Black Butte Ranch is having a series of music picnics on the lawn this summer, and we get to play for several of them! Specifically, 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 wrap. Kids are welcome. The climbing wall will be open for play even if you're not a kid.

Bring a 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 an 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 21, Thursday eve — Black Butte Ranch, west of Sisters, OR

Jim & Lynn will play music in the Bistro at BBR.

August 3, 6-8p Wednesday — Black Butte Ranch, west of Sisters, OR

Black Butte Ranch is having a series of music picnics on the lawn this summer, and we get to play for several of them! Specifically, 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 wrap. Kids are welcome. The climbing wall will be open for play even if you're not a kid.

Bring a 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 an 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!

August 10, 6-8p Wednesday — Black Butte Ranch, west of Sisters, OR

Black Butte Ranch is having a series of music picnics on the lawn this summer, and we get to play for several of them! Specifically, 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 wrap. Kids are welcome. The climbing wall will be open for play even if you're not a kid.

Bring a 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 an 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!

Sept 2, 5-7p Friday — Black Butte Ranch, west of Sisters, OR

Black Butte Ranch is having a series of music picnics on the lawn this summer, and we get to play for several of them! Specifically, 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 wrap. Kids are welcome.

Bring a 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 an 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!

Sept 3, about 5-9p Saturday — Camp Sherman Store Labor Day Weekend BBQ, Camp Sherman, OR

Outside on the lawn, picnic tables, open to the public, ~$12 BBQ, beer & wine and other beverages, kids welcome, music free! (Camp Sherman Store: 541-595-6711). Often our rowdiest gig of the year… yeeee-haaaaaw!

Nov 5, 3-10p Saturday — Bend Community Center, Bend, OR

This is a FUN event! A bunch of bands play, switching over every half hour from 3-10p! There's a silent auction with all kinds of things large and small; several donating restaurants serving up a variety of chili (all you can eat!); delightful desserts; kids' activities 'til 6p; and lots of great folks to mingle with.

AND, all proceeds benefit Bend Community Center's programs to help out the homeless and hungry. (They serve more than 4000 meals each month!) $20 for adults. $10 for kids and seniors. Kids under 5 are free. Bend Community Center: 1036 NE 5th St.


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