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Favorite Flatpickers
Doc Watson, Steve Kaufman, Bryon Sutton, Tony Rice, Dan Crary, Jim Nunally, there are a lot of other great flatpickers as well.
Favorite Flatpicking Tunes
Too many to choose from, here are just a few favorites, Black Mountain Rag, Beaumont Rag, Ragtime Annie, Salt Creek (Recorded by Western Lights on our first CD, "Favorites of Ours"), Buffalo Gals/Old Joe Clark (Recorded by Western Lights on our 2nd CD, "Bob Played Here!)
Favorite Guitars
My 67 Martin D-18
Tell us more about yourself (place a Bio here if you wish)
Hi Folks,

I am a native of Sacramento and began flat-picking bluegrass music in my early 20’s back in the mid 70’s. From local jam sessions with friends, I ultimately became the guitar player for the Western Lights band some 15 years ago.

The music we all love to play is a great mix of straight ahead; hard driving Bluegrass and classic Western Swing that we feel would make both Bill Monroe and Bob Wills proud! We also love the old classic country songs that legendary artists like Merle Haggard and Hank Williams did. From those fundamental music styles and artists near and dear to our hearts, Western Lights has developed its own unique sound and style while always trying to honor the Masters who brought this wonderful music to all of us.

We have recorded 2 CD’s, "Favorites of Ours" back in 2000 and "Bob Played Here, in 2008. Some songs from both can be heard from the “Music ILike” web site I have shown below. Check out "Bob Played Here!" an original tribute song we wrote for Bob Wills , the lead song on our newest CD.

For band stuff I primarily focus on rhythm guitar with an occasional lead break. I love Western Swing Rhythm playing. I also love singing both lead and harmony vocals for the band. I am the leader and spokesmen for the band.

I have been enjoying the flatpick guitar magazine and CD from way back near when it first started. I look forward to participating and sharing on this flatpicking forum.

Best Wishes,

Bill Ward,
Guitar Player, Western Lights Band
Sacramento, CA
(916) 361-8248
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Howdy from a new member to the Flatpicking Guitar Network!

Hi Folks,

I just wanted to introduce myself and say Howdy as a new Member of this Flatpicking guitar network. I am the guitar player for Western Lights, a Bluegrass and Western Swing band from Sacramento, CA. We have been around for about 15 years and have recorded 2 CD's. I have been a fan of flatpick guitar magazine from way back close to the beginning. I invite you all to check out my profile page and I look forward to participating, sharing and learning more about guitar playing… Continue

Posted on May 30, 2009 at 9:30am

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At 6:42pm on June 2, 2009, Gary Jacuk said…
Bill, Good to see you here. I would venture to guess we've crossed paths somewhere in the northern California bluegrass scene.
Will you be going to Grass Valley?
At 10:12am on June 7, 2009, Ray Leeds said…
Hey Bill I added a comment on your discussion about pickups. I'm sure that one is fine. Just buy it and read the comment I left on your discussion with.
At 7:29pm on June 7, 2009, Gary Jacuk said…
Bill, We'll be sure to hook up at Grass Valley. We're going out Sunday and my wife will be around all week. I'll be out on Wednesday. We usually stay in a tent trailer up on Quaker Hill. Just to the left as you enter the main parking area. Look forward to seeing you.
Also, we know Bobbie, so I'm sure we been in contact.
At 8:47pm on June 7, 2009, Bill Ward said…
Hey Gary, that sounds great, look forward to seeing you up at Grass Valley. My wife Dana and I will be there from Friday afternoon on. I know Bobbie will not be there but the rest of the Band members will. We sure do miss Bobbie, as you know she is just the sweetest person you could ever know. We loved having her play base for us for several years. I just exchanged a couple e-mails with her from her new home in Idaho. Look forward to meeting both you and your wife Gary.

At 9:20am on June 8, 2009, Ray Leeds said…
Hey Bill, I posted another comment for you on your original discussion about pickups. I would have replied to you specifically but I thought maybe I could help some other people as well.
At 7:03am on August 17, 2009, Ray Leeds said…
Hey Bill, Hope you found a good pickup. I was wondering how things worked out for you and I hope my long messages helped in some way ? Anyway no news is good news I hope. See Ya!

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