Rum River Blend, based in Troy, Ohio bill themselves as 'Unprofessional Entertainment'! Linda and Chris Tatarian are the 'roots' of Rum River Blend, and have played together since 1992 in San Bruno, CA. They have been based in Troy Ohio since 2000. The band takes its name from the Rum River that flows through Linda's hometown of Milaca, Minnesota.
The current collection of characters have been together since 2003:
Linda Tatarian, the 'leader of the band' plays 5-string banjo and sings like a good Minnesotan should. Chris Tatarian plays rhythm guitar and harmonica, and sings back-up vocals in a California style that only he knows. The bass beat for the band is provided by Mr. 'Smiling' Bill Benning, playing acoustic/electric bass guitar. Bill plays with a flair developed over time playing in a wide variety of bands. Mr. Mark Acton provides outstanding vocals, rhythm guitar and mandolin riffs, evidence of his bluegrass roots. Mr. Carl Phillis, the 1948 Ohio State Fiddle Champion is our fiddler Emeritus. Carl celebrated his 97th birthday in July 2019. Rum River Blend has bestowed him with the title of 'Rum River Blend Fiddler Emeritus', and he will be welcomed to the stage any time he is up for it.
Put 'em all together and the result is music that makes you want to tap your foot and sing along!
Rum river Blend performs a blend of traditional bluegrass, folk, Gospel and children's songs. The audience is encouraged to join in for sing-along, play-along fun!
Rum River Blend appears regularly at theHotel Galleryin Tipp City, and the2nd Street Public Marketin Dayton. In addition, they play at various local events including the Miami County Fair, private parties, schools and retirement homes. Rum River Blend can be contacted by phone at: 937.414.0070 or 937.414.0071
Linda and Chris also play in an additional band with Mary Jo and Charlie Leet.... True Life Travelers (TLT). With their years of experience touring with the Dry Branch Fire Squad, Mary Jo and Charliebring professionalism and vocal harmonies that won't fail to make you smile.