The Waybacks, Mack Bailey at Steve’s |

The Waybacks, Mack Bailey at Steve’s

Janet Urquhart
Waybacks photographed in San Francisco, CA
Jay Blakesberg | Retna LTD.

Folk singer Mack Bailey and Bay Area acoustic quintet The Waybacks play back-to-back shows this weekend at Steve’s Guitars in Carbondale.

Bailey, who takes the tiny stage in Steve’s listening room on Friday, is no stranger to the Roaring Fork Valley. He played a regular gig at an Aspen lodge for a while last winter, appeared as one of the reconstituted Limeliters for a Wheeler Opera House performance a couple of years back and tours with the Musical Tribute to John Denver show, which swings through Aspen annually.

The late Denver, by the way, is but one of many well-known artists with whom Bailey has shared a stage. For almost two decades, the tenor has also been a principle member of the reunited popular Maryland-based ’60s folk/bluegrass group, The Hard Travelers. And, he has played Steve’s before.

Saturday night brings The Waybacks ” a lucky, last-minute booking thanks to an unexpected change in the band’s schedule, according to Steve Standiford (the Steve in Steve’s).

“I love it when we get a last-minute, musical surprise and are able to book a great band,” said Standiford in his weekly email update.

Based in the San Francisco Bay area, The Waybacks are Stevie Coyle (rhythm, fingerstyle and lap steel guitar, vocals); James Nash (lead guitar, mandolin, vocals); Warren Hood (fiddle, mandolin, vocals); Chuck Hamilton (drums, percussion) and Joe Kyle Jr. (standup bass, vocals). With three CDs to its credit, the band recently finished work on “From The Pasture To The Future” with Grammy Award-winning producer and ardent Waybacks fan Lloyd Maines (think Dixie Chicks) at the helm.

According to the band’s website, listeners should expect anything and everything from “newgrass and Western swing to jug band and gypsy jazz, and from folk and fingerpicking to alt-country and improvisational excursions that defy categorization.”

As usual, shows at Steve’s will start at 8:30 p.m. Admission to The Waybacks is $20 at the door; no word on the cover charge for Bailey’s appearance. Steve’s is at 19 N. Fourth St. in downtown Carbondale.

The Biscuit Burners play Steve’s on Sept. 7 and Lucy Kaplansky is scheduled for Sept. 10.