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 — vocals & banjo


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.



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 :

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U p c o m i n ge   G i g s,   2 0 1 8 :

August 8, 6-8p Wednesday — 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, 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!

August 15, 6-8p (maybe earlier) Wednesday — 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, 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!

Sept 1, 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). Decidedly our rowdiest gig of the year… yeeee-haaaaaw!

October 16, Tuesday — private party

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


N e w s :

Have 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 Wild Lands: 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!
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, 2018 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 8 :

May 8, Tuesday — private party

July 6, 6-8p Friday — 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, 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 two-stone's throw 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, Saturday — private party

July 14, 10a-4p Saturday — Sisters Artist Marketplace, Cascade Ave, Sisters, OR.

Arts & Crafts Festival, Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show weekend. We'll play multiple sets between 10a and 4p. Free.

July 18, 6-8p Wednesday — 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, 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 25, 6-8p Wednesday — 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, 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!


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