Tracker Pixel for Entry

Blue Gritt : Blues rock and hand-built amps

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | Music | November 9th, 2017

“When you’re involved in a song and just everything is going great, you can hear it,” says Blue Gritt drummer Ross Cariveau, “Everyone’s playing great. There’s a pocket or a bubble that you’re in and you always want to be there, but you can’t find it all the time. When we can find it we don’t ever want to leave it.”

According to guitarist Maurice “Mo” Skogen, “The hardest part with singing and playing an instrument is finding a song that puts my hands on autopilot.” Drummer Craig Soliah added, “None of us are lead singers but we can sing together.”

Blue Gritt is a three-man blues rock band consisting of Ross Cariveau on drums who is based out of Detroit Lakes, Craig Soliah of Moorhead on bass, and Maurice “Mo” Skogen of Fergus Falls on guitar. They’re a groove-oriented blues rock band. They’ve been around for close to three years but the three have known each other for decades via playing the lakes country regional music scene.

“We have a mutual respect for each other, we can goof around and still know where we’re gonna go. I think that’s from playing together a lot and playing together for a lot of years.” Cariveau said.

Cariveau and Soliah picked up their instruments in the mid 70s, influenced by the sounds of Black Sabbath and Deep Purple. In fact, the bass line in “Smoke on the Water,” by Deep Purple, made Craig Soliah want to play the bass--and play it he does.

Vintage Voltage Engineering

Guitarist Mo Skogen traded his trumpet in for a guitar in the mid 60s. He’d always had an ear for rock and roll but it only got deeper once he heard the sounds of Cream and Jimi Hendrix. He joined the Fargo-based band called Gravel Road once he graduated from college in 1974. With Gravel Road he toured a five-state radius.

During this time he would spend his time playing and fixing the band’s road-weary equipment. Years later he used this knowledge and his engineering background and eventually opened his Fergus Falls-based business Vintage Voltage Engineering. Here he builds his own hand wired point to point tube amplifiers.

“It took some time. I didn’t want to put myself out there until I had my routine down, like how I build and where I get my parts from--and I’ve researched that my whole life.”

“It takes a lot of time, it’s labor-intensive and it takes an understanding of the older school of electronics; and it’s really helpful if you’re a guitar player making guitar amps, because you know what you want to hear.” He went on to say, “As I change little parts that vary the sound, I know where it’s going. Having this critical listening skill is what’s important to be able to develop a product.”

A man much wiser than me is known to say “True grit is hard to find,” but Blue Gritt can be found at the downtown VFW this weekend.

IF YOU GO

Blue Gritt at the VFW

Friday, November 10, 9:30pm

Fargo VFW Post 762, 202 Broadway N

www.fargovfw762.com; 701-235-8243

Recently in:

FARGO – The day Tiffany Abentroth stood up before a thousand and more Trump-loving Republicans, she knew the GOP blessing was not within reach. She wasn’t even nervous about it. Still a Marine Corps staff sergeant, she squared…

Last week we talked about my lack of photographic skills and then what the heck am I going to do with all of these bad pictures that I take. Storage options for those pictures continues this week:RAIDAnother storage option is a…

Wednesday, April 25, 9pm-howlingThe Aquarium, 226 Broadway, FargoYou may have heard their sick beats on 95.9 lpfm on Friday's from 5pm-midnight. Now you can dance your pants off in the presence of the minds behind ”The Riverside…

According to Greek mythology Hades is to blame for the Earth’s mournful state of winter. The story involves Persephone the goddess of nature and Hades the god of the underworld in a classic caper of obsession, abduction, and…

Does That Old-Time Religion Signal The End Of Rational Thought?An incident about gender identity in the Maryland Legislature last week magnified a microcosm of what we are going through in the United States about religion in the…

FARGO - A collection of memories from High Plains Reader's annual Cocktail Showdown. Participants were judged on creativity, flavor, and presentation; and this year we added a new category. Like years before, each establishment was…

All About Food

​Oysters

by HPR Staff

By Ben Myhrebenmyhre35@gmail.comAs a North Dakota native, raw oysters are just not a food staple that I think about. We are about as far from the coasts as we can get and we have a backyard full of tasty local cuisine, like walleye…

Record Store Day is all about music artists and fans celebrating “the culture of the independently owned record store.” A variety of unique and special releases are pressed for Record Store Day and those are only distributed to…

Leveraging whatever name-brand clout it might carry with the target demographic, “Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare” -- the onscreen title for the pre and post-credit sequences -- won’t make the kind of impact previously enjoyed by…

There are so many cool places to be in Austin during the South by Southwest Festival -- like the Flatstock Market, which displays the works of the world’s top gig poster artists. The show features posters of varying styles,…

By Nathan Roybardsdream@gmail.comYou are absolutely right. The title is not “To be or not to be” from the famous Shakespeare soliloquy in "Hamlet." I won’t be talking about Shakespeare particularly. I will expound the…

Fargo has its share of people who are passionate about stand-up comedy, even if the success of clubs devoted to it has been mixed. Despite the fact we have seen places like Courtney’s Comedy Club and Level 2 Comedy Club close…

I consider myself an avid wine drinker, but I recently found out there are more than 10,000 varieties of grapes, and about 1,500 of those are used to make commercial wines. I don’t know about you, but I could probably name about…

A few months ago, I was introduced to the concept of probiotics and how they work with our bodies. I would never have guessed the change that occurred after their introduction into my system.I always considered myself a fairly…

By Melissa Martin melissamartincounselor@live.com “I’m sorry” are two vital words to be used in relationships because human beings are imperfect people living in imperfect environments. Ask yourself the following…

Calm was the day in late JulyAnd bright was the sun across the skyBut inside his chest the calm had brokenGovernor Sinner had started croakin’.I laughed the first time I read that, and I’m still laughing every time I think…