Classic country band to perform in Myrtle Creek

August 3, 2018

Members of Dusty Herd from left to right Chip Cohen, Chris Miller, Bob Eskew, Dave Purington and Doug Brooks.

Dusty Herd, a country band from Eugene, will bring their mix of country, country rock, rock ‘n’ roll, rockabilly, blues, cajun, bluegrass, and western swing to Myrtle Creek’s Music in the Park tonight.

Doug Brooks, who plays acoustic guitar, formed the band in June of 2016. He was joined by Chris Miller on drums, Chip Cohen on fiddle, Dave Purington on guitar and Bob Eskew on bass. Four out of the five members contribute vocals.

The band draws their inspiration from various artists from the ’50s through the ’90s. They have played at venues across the state. Their growing success is greatly due to to each members musical background.

Brooks found music through his family. Family get-togethers laced with old country music lead to playing in church and school functions. He said playing in a structured band is a lot different than having fun with family, but he couldn’t imagine wanting to do anything else.

Miller was inspired by his dad, who formed a band in high school and continues to play to this day. Miller began playing drums at six, though his commitment was intermittent until he gave it up at 13 to play sports. He returned to music when he was 41, thanks to his father’s former drummer loaning him a drum set.

“It was like completely starting over,” Miller said. “But I’m so glad that I did.”

Miller still draws inspiration from listening to the songs his dad played while he was growing up.

Cohen has been playing the fiddle for audiences across the United States since the ’70s. He studied classical violin in his youth, but his travels to the Smokey Mountains allowed him to immerse himself in bluegrass and old-time fiddling.

Family also brought music into Purington’s life. His dad and brothers gathered to play their guitars, which inspired him to want to play as well. He began playing at his church.

Eskew found most of his influences from blues and rock. He began playing in electric bands in 1985, though he had played acoustic guitar before that. It wasn’t until later in life that he gained an appreciation for classic country music.

The band released their first album, “Down to the Wire,” in November of last year.

The concert will begin at 6 p.m. at Myrtle Creek’s Millsite Park. All concerts are free, including parking. Pets are permitted if kept under control and cleaned up after.

Several local businesses may remain open late to accommodate those attending the concerts. Food will be available for purchase from vendors.

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