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Walking Rain Concert


Walking Rain Concert: A Concert by the duo who call themselves "Walking Rain".

Walking Rain is the name the Indians of New Mexico gave to fast summer rainstorms that sweep across the desert leaving the air and ground refreshed. The music of Coale Johnson and Bob Bruen covers the open spaces between folk, country, blues and swing. A Bluegrass/New Grass veteran, Bob plays mandolin, guitar and sings with the likes of David Grisman, Vasser Clements and Mike Marshall. Coale, a graduate of Depaul Univeristy and Berkelee School of Music, plays guitar, bass, and sings. Coale performed blues and jazz since childhood and has two jazz albums under his belt, playing with renowned musicians: George Marsh, Karl Perazzo and Benny Reitveld.

Bob Bruen is a mandolinist, composer and singer. He has been playing and teaching mandolin since 1970 after hearing David Grisman on a Grateful Dead record. Since taking up the mandolin he has performed professionally in the Bay Area in his own bands and with many musicians including mandolin legends Rudy Cipolla, David Grisman and legendary fiddler Vassar Clemens.

In 1975 He was fortunate to have his first composition included on The David Grisman Rounder Album. In 2002 he moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico. Since 2004 he has recorded four CD’s under the name “Walking Rain” with his long time friend and fellow picker Coale Johnson. He currently lives and teaches in Eldorado and can be seen mucking about in local venues with a local cast of musical characters.

Coale Johnson: American singer, songwriter and guitarist, was 14 when his musical journey started… He “borrowed” his sister’s guitar and she never really got it back!

Coale started his formal studies in Chicago and then went on to Berklee School of Music in Boston. It didn’t take long to realize that academia was really no place for a free spirited guitar player! “What? You’re not going to teach me to play like Albert King or Merle Travis?”… and so began a life of playing in bands and following the music and musicians that caught his ear and captured his soul.

The music Coale now plays shows all of his influences. He covers artists from Muddy Waters to Gordon Lightfoot, from the Beatles to Merle Haggard, from Frank Sinatra to Emmy Lou Harris & Billy Holiday. Coale’s extensive original songs can best be described as folk/rock/jazz with a subtle twang.

Later Event: December 22
Music by “Walking Rain”