Short Round Stringband
A pan-Missouri band with a refreshing approach to old time music: Short Round Stringband is the coming together of two musical couples and a bassist with Kansas roots. The band members are Kelly Wells and Ryan Spearman (The Aching Hearts, St. Louis), Betse Ellis and Clarke Wyatt (Betse & Clarke, Kansas City), and bassist Chris DeVictor (Konza Swamp and more). Ryan was a founding member of High on the Hog, and Betse co-founded The Wilders – both roots bands with years of touring and multiple albums. With deep connections to old-time, country and Ozark tunes and songs, Short Round Stringband takes you on a moving journey through the sounds and stories of the American experience. Their hard driving fiddle tunes will get you out of your seat. Their vocal duets will bring a tear to your eye, and their song arrangements and presentations showcase a passion for the depth of tradition with a look to new creative paths. And in between all of that, you’ll laugh at their madcap humor.