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The Weasels

The Legendary Weasels lineup is Jim Cadwell on guitar, George Rothenberger on mandolin and guitar, Russ Rayfield on banjo, and Ralph Wittcoff on bass. George is the former president of MBOTMA and was active in many other positions on the board. Russ is likewise a former treasurer of MBOTMA.

The Weasels are in the studio and have several CD projects:

Southside of Lonesome: George Rothenberger. This CD also features the Weasels in various combinations plus MN State Fair Flatpick Guitar Champion (2012)- Mike Cramer; Pedal Steel and Dobro ® player Bill Quinn; drummer (original country selections) Chris Grey; and Banjo player Tom Nechville.

The Legendary Weasels: CD release to be announced.

George and Jim have 27 copyrighted songs. In 1998, they were featured on the MBOTMA album, “Hand Stitched.” Their cut which appears on this album is an original song penned by Jim and George, ‘Somewhere Down the Line.’ It would be the first of many original songs of theirs in the Weasels repertoire. Russ has written several originals that are mainstays of their set list, especially a barn-burner instrumental which they utilize regularly to kick off their performances. Jim and George have written and/or co-written sixty-five or seventy songs and are active in the Minnesota songwriting community. They have hosted a songwriting workshop at the MBOTMA Winter Bluegrass Weekend. Jim currently hosts an open stage twice per month at the River View Café in Minneapolis.

The Weasels perform an eclectic range of bluegrass and acoustic music. Russ and Ralph are steeped in swing and bebop settings and Ralph states that his bass playing constitutes the three B’s: Blues, Bebop and Bluegrass. Russ has led several groups which have played at Dulono’s and elsewhere: Studebaker Hawk, Bricktop and Half Nelson. The latter has two jazz CD’s out. Ralph is the bass player on a 2012 jazz CD release with the late Bill Hinkley. Ask about Southside of Lonesome and upcoming Weasels projects when you see them.

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George Rothenberger, Minneapolis MN
Phone: 612-724-6911