Sunday, April 23, 2017 @ 2:30 PMRagsdale Civic Center at Jamestown Town Hall 301 East Main Street Jamestown, NC (behind Town Hall and beside Fire Station) Featuring:
Shortly Thereafter is a bluegrass band out of Southern Guilford County with members Pat Short, Gerald Crouse, Jim Boren, Steve Wood, Nikki Short, & Maggie Short. Pat and Jim have been playing music off and on since they were 20 years old. After they each began passing their musical interests on to their children and the Short girls took a few lessons, the Saturday night jams started at the Short family’s home. These jams include friends and neighbors, and of course Pat’s brother-in-law Gerald Crouse. Shortly thereafter, Pat and daughters Nikki and Maggie, their uncle Gerald, and Pat’s lifelong friend Jim started playing in churches, at bluegrass festivals, fundraisers, and wherever anyone would listen. Their popularity demanded they have a band name, so in 2015 Uncle Gerald’s suggestion “Shortly Thereafter” was chosen. In 2016, Shortly Thereafter gained its newest member, Steve Wood another lifelong musician and friend of Pat and Jim. As the girls have gotten older and been busy with college, the band isn’t able to get together as much as they would like to, but they are thankful for every opportunity to enjoy and share the talents God has given them. They even convince the youngest Short sister, Sara, to join in on the drums occasionally as well.
Guitarist and lead/ harmony vocalist Pat Short has had a love for music his entire life, and grew up listening to country, bluegrass, gospel, and rock n’ roll. At 19 years old, he was an original member of the bluegrass band “Sweetwater.” In 1978 he, Jim Boren, Steve Wood and two other friends started the bluegrass group “Tracker.” After that, Pat and Steve started the country/rock band “Straight from the Heart” that played around NC for 14 years. Pat rejoined Jim Boren, Steve Wood, and Tony Rook in the bluegrass band “Rook and Wood.” After starting a family, Pat took time off to teach his girls to play. His family then started playing together in their church’s praise band at Rehobeth UMC. Shortly thereafter, this family bluegrass band was started. Pat is known in the band for guitar, bass, drums, vocals, and his cowboy hat.
Jim Boren, being raised in a musical family, grew up listening to his dad play guitar and sing, and his mom join in on bass fiddle sometimes. Jim started playing guitar around the age of 12 and, with influence from the music of the sixties, he started a band while in the eighth grade. Later Jim was drawn to the sound of bluegrass music and took up the dobro guitar. Joining up with Pat Short, Steve Wood, and company, they formed the band “Tracker.” Jim has performed with “Southeast Express” Bluegrass Band for 20 years and is a worship leader at his church. Shortly thereafter, he joined the Short family’s band. Jim is always giving God the glory for His unfailing love. He is known in the band for guitar, dobro, lap steel, harmonica, vocals, and humor.
Gerald Crouse got his first banjo from his grandma when he was 15 years old. He took a couple lessons from his friend, “Sweetwater” banjo player Charlie Wood, but like most teenagers lost interest. It wasn’t until about 25 years later when his wife threatened to sell his untouched banjo that he began picking again. Shortly thereafter, he started playing with the gospel group “Grace and Glory.” Six banjos and three guitars later, Gerald enjoys playing bluegrass and gospel music with friends and family. He is known in the band for banjo, guitar, and selfies. (Remember: “what happens with Gerald, stays with Gerald.”)
Nikki Short, Pat’s oldest, grew up under his musical influence and has loved bluegrass, gospel, country, and rock n’ roll right from the start. She started taking fiddle lessons at the age of 8, including a couple from “Uncle” Bobby Hicks. Shortly thereafter, Pat bought Nikki’s favorite fiddle from Bobby and began teaching her how to play the guitar as well. Nikki was a member of the Christian band “Road Less Traveled” in high school and the Raleigh Wesley Foundation Praise Band in college. She currently also plays in the New Life Worship praise band. She has also been a part of Rehobeth UMC’s youth praise band “God’s Allies” since 2006. She is known in the band for fiddle, guitar, vocals, and providing structure.
Maggie Short, Pat’s middle daughter, has memories from a young age of listening to her father play music and going to bluegrass festivals with her Aunt Buffi and Uncle Gerald. Maggie began piano lessons at the age of 5 and learned to play guitar from Pat in the 5th grade. Shortly thereafter, Pat also began teaching her to play electric bass. Due to her love of bluegrass, she also eventually talked Pat into getting her an upright bass. Maggie was a member of the Christian bands “Road Less Traveled” and the Raleigh Wesley Foundation Praise Band. She also currently plays in the New Life Worship and “God’s Allies” praise bands with her sister Nikki. Maggie is known in the band for bass, guitar, vocals, and (in her words) awesomeness.