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Just announced – Mountain Ash returns to the historic Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, IA on Saturday July 26, 2014. The Ash will be opening up for former Skid Row lead singer Sebastian Bach. Don’t miss the hottest rock show coming to the Surf this summer!

Festival season is just around the corner… On Wednesday July 16th, Mountain Ash returns to the Main Stage at Moondance Jam in Walker, MN for the 17th consecutive year. Also scheduled to perform for the traditional Pre-Jam concert are the Fabulous Armadillos and Hairball. Other National Acts scheduled to perform at Moondance include REO Speedwagon, Styx, Foreigner, George Thorogood, Badfinger, Alterbridge, Collective Soul, Slaughter, Autograph, and The Wallflowers.

Time for the Ash to gear up for our summer run…  First up, a street dance in Zumbrota in mid June.  Next is a Pre-Jam show at Famous Dave’s in Minneapolis with one of our favorite bands – Cain.  Moondance will then be just around the corner.  National Acts featured at Moondance this year include Motley Crue, Cheap Trick, Slash, Buckcherry, Blue Oyster Cult, Bachman & Turner, The Sweet, Cain, Head East, Halestorm, and The Offspring.

Back for a two-nighter at the Northern Lights Casino in Walker.  We always look forward to our annual road trip to Northern Minnesota!

First time for the Ash to perform at the Dennison Days street dance!  Unfortunately, the show was cut short when heavy rains rolled in during our 3rd set.  Although the town of Dennison may be small in size, the weekend festivities are well attended through the day and evening.

Once again, the Ash helped kick off Moondance Jam 2012 with their performance on the Main Stage under the lights.  Video cameras and audio recorders were rolling to capture the Mountain Ash’s set.  Other main stage performers included Hairball and Bad Animals.  A perfect night to start Moondance 2012!

Other show announcements…  Dennison Days Street Dance on August 3rd, in Dennison,MN.  Kenyon Rose Fest Street Dance on August 17th.

Mountain Ash will combine forces with the Bad Animals for a night of classic rock at the Lakes Grill & Bar in Brainerd, MN, the heart of the Minnesota lakes country.  Music starts at 7:00 PM.  This outdoor event is a Moondance Pre-Jam party, so come out for your chance to win some Moondance Jam festival tickets.

The outdoor festival season starts for Mountain Ash on June 16th.  The Ash will travel to Albert Lea to perform at the Bend in the Road Fest with our buddies in the Kat Blu band.

Coming up…  On Friday June 9th, Mountain Ash will travel to Algona, IA for our first appearance at the Afterlife Lounge.  Jeff Wolf and his crew run a very cool rock club and we look forward to rocking the joint!

Mountain Ash will return to Moondance Jam in Walker, MN for their 15th consecutive year, continuing as the rock band with the most performances of any band at Moondance Jam!  This year, the Ash hits the stage at 9:00 PM on Wednesday July 18th for the Moondance kick-off festivities.  We’ll share the main stage with Hairball and the Bad Animals.

Mountain Ash performed in concert with Hairball at the legendary Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, IA.  The show was a complete sell-out with standing room only!  It was a night of loud guitars, pounding drums and screaming vocals.  Years back, the Surf was the location of Buddy Holly’s final concert before he was killed in a plane crash after the show on his way to Fargo.  As always, the Hairball crew was a pleasure to work with and the staff at the Surf are second to none in keeping the rock and roll spirit of the Surf alive and well!

Next up – Spikes in Faribault, MN.  We’re looking forward to our first show at Spikes and look forward to a long successful relationship with one of the premier rock clubs in southern Minnesota.  See you at Spikes!

Final show of the Mountain Ash’s summer run back in our hometown of Kenyon, MN.  Outdoors for Rose Fest days, back where it all started 35+ years ago.

Road trip to Dubuque, IA.  Ash played at the Dubuque County Fair with Buckcherry.  Another hot weekend, but the crowds didn’t mind and neither did we.  Our thanks to our friends at TEA Productions for setting up the show – thanks Jack & Jack!

Lumberjack Days in Stillwater.  Mountain Ash joined forces with our buddies Cain to open up the Main Stage for headliner Collective Soul.  It was hot, hot, hot during the show but the setting was incredible in downtown Stillwater next to the St Croix river.

The Ash played one more set on the Saloon Stage.  There is not a better rock venue on the Planet than the Saloon!

Moondance Jam kick-off night!  Mountain Ash open up the Main Stage with Hairball, Cain and Bad Animals.  All the bands played killer sets!  It was a special treat to see the Cain band back in action.  Back in the 70’s they were one of the top Midwest Bands who released two incredible albums.  Jiggs Lee, the lead singer sounds better than ever, how does he do it?  Nationals this year included Kiss, Paul Rodgers, Stone Temple Pilots, 38 Special, Great White, etc. 

This weekend was the first Ash appearance at the famed Blue Ox Saloon in Brainerd, MN.  The Ox is the perfect old-style rock club for the Ash to get ready for this summer’s run of shows.

Back to the Northern Lights Casino in Walker for a 2-night stand.  This week-end is the official Moondance Jam “Half Moon Loonacy” since this weekend falls exactly six months after/before Moondance Jam.  The hotel is full of Moondance Jammers celebrating the magic of Moondance.  Outside, its 20 below zero.  We didn’t go outside for three days until it was time to pack up the gear and head home.

The Moondance family suffered a huge loss with the passing of Moondance owner / founder Bill Bieloh.  We offer our condolences to the Bieloh family.  We were honored to call Bill a close friend of the Mountain Ash family.  He will be missed more than words can say…

Back on the Saloon Stage at Moondance Jam.  Our home away from home!  The Moondance crowds just get bigger and bigger each year.  We played two shows this year,  The first show anchoring the Wednesday night Pre-Jam in the Saloon.  We then followed up with a show on Saturday, right before our LA buddies ThundHerStruck.  Other Nationals at Moondance this year included REO Speedwagon, Buckcherry, Sammy Hagar, Pat Benatar, Lynryd Skynyrd, etc.  The shows this year were filmed for Direct TV’s in concert series.

Mountain Ash rang in the new year with a three-night stand at the Northern Lights Casino.  Roger doubled his pay with some lucky slots.  Not a bad way to start the year…

Mountain Ash joins Bad Animals for a show at Neisens in Savage for a Pre-Thanksgiving show.

Great Outdoor Show with Foghat in Wichita last weekend!  We always enjoy the road trip down to Kansas.  The weather was perfect, top notch stage and production, energetic crowd… what more can you ask for!  Also had a chance to hook up with our buddy Jeb Wright of Classic Rock Revisited.



Road trip!  Next week, Mountain Ash heads to Kansas to open up for Foghat at the Amphitheater in Derby, KS.  It’s been a couple of years since we’ve traveled to Kansas and we’re ready for a “slow ride” heading south!



The Fall Issue of 22nd Century Rock has just been released.  The Ash boys received a very complimentary review for their performance at Moondance Jam this year.  Special thanks to Robert Tuozzo.  Check out the magazine at



After 35-years, Mountain Ash has made the cover of the Kenyon Leader.  For a little band from Kenyon, this is like winning a Grammy Award…  For those that are interested, here is a link to the article



Who says you can’t go home?  Mountain Ash returned to Kenyon to play for a special show in their home town.  The Kenyon Security State Bank asked the band to play for their 75th Anniversary and we jumped at the chance.  Back when the band was first starting in 1974, the bank helped finance our first PA and lighting equipment purchase.  At the time, we were still in high school, but the bank lent us money to get started and we’ve been thankful ever since.  We even told them we’ll be back for the 100th Anniversary as well.



Mountain Ash got some great photos and write-ups in the Classic Rock Revisited review of Moondance Jam.  For a quick look at the article, go to the following web address



The final night of Moondance Jam saw Mountain Ash paired up with ThundHerStruck.  Once again, the Saloon was wall to wall for both shows.  We’ve had a chance to perform with ThundHerStruck 5-6 times over the years.  During their final song, the band called up Spark to jam on Highway to Hell as Moondance Jam 18 wound down.



Mountain Ash and Hairball kicked off the Moondance Jam pre-party on Wednesday evening.  All night, it was standing room only in the Saloon.  Camera feeds were relayed to the Main Stage Jumbo Tron so the crowd outside the Saloon could see all of the action inside.  This was one of those nights when the Ash was on fire.  The crowd and band were on the same wavelength all through the show.  Next up, Hairball…  As usual, the band took complete command of the stage and rocked non-stop until last call.



The Ash crew put down their guitars and drumsticks and again helped manage the back stage area for Moondance Jammin Country.  Come mid-July, we get to do it all again for Moondance Jam.



Back up to Walker for a Benefit Concert at the Walker Area Community Center.  This building is brand spanking new and the size of three indoor hockey arena’s.  The benefit was a fund raiser to help off-set operating costs for the new facility.  Also performing was comedian Scott Hanson.  The night ended plenty early giving the boys more than enough time to close down Charlie’s on the way back to the hotel.  Walker is our second home, so give us a reason to drive north and we’re there!



Believe it or not, in their 35-year history, Mountain Ash had not yet played at Grandpa Al’s in Faribault, MN (just down the road from the bands home town of Kenyon).  Well that all changed with their first show on the third Friday evening in the fourth month of the year 2009.  Before the first song ended, the Ash felt they’ve been playing here for years.  Many familiar faces from 20+ years ago came to the show to check out the band.  Best yet, we met a bunch of new friends as well.  We’re looking forward to coming back for some more shows later this fall.



The Ash joined the Bad Animals for another show at Neisen’s Sports Bar & Grill.



It was a mini-Moondance reunion at O’Gara’s Bar & Grill when Mountain Ash, Ali Gray, and Half Past 6, all Moondance Jam veterans, teamed up for a full night of music in the back room music hall.  Drummer Brandon Fjetland did double duty playing with Mountain Ash and Ali Gray.  For Roger, the best part of the night was all the comp beer and food in the dressing room before and after the show.



Mountain Ash joined the Bad Animals a Tribute to Heart, at Neisen’s Sports Bar & Grill.  Although we’ve known the band for years, this was our first chance to work together.  We hope we do many more shows with the Bad Animals in the future.



On the third day of the Jam, Mountain Ash hit the stage as storm clouds circled and the winds started to rock.  The Ash kicked off a full set in spite of the circling clouds, bouncing the sounds of classic rock clear across Leech Lake.  The boys finished their set just as the sprinkles appeared.  Next up was Great White.  Just when they were scheduled to start, the heavens opened and the rain really began.  The guys in Great White were real troopers.  They just hung out on stage under the roof and waited nearly an hour for the rains to stop.  Once the weather cleared, they fired up played a great set featuring all of the Great White hits.  Next up – Sebastian Bach.  Sab pranced and screamed his way through the hits of his former band Skid Row.  One of the most interesting bands of the Jam was the recently reformed Sweet.  The band cranked out Fox on the Run, Ballroom Blitz and a bunch of other tunes I’ve heard but don’t have a clue what the names are.  Headliner for the night was Poison.  This is the second time that Mountain Ash has opened up for Poison.  The first time we worked with the Poison crew was at Wheatland Jam in Wichita, KS back in 2003.  As usual, the Poison show is hit after hit with non-stop pyro.



The Ash are geared up and ready for summer to kick in.  First up will be Moondance Jam where the band opens for Poison and others on the national stage Friday July 11th.



Ash drummer Brandon Fjetland performed with the Ali Gray Band at Moondance Jammin Country.



Mountain Ash is signed to perform at Moondance Jam 2008 on the National Stage.  We’ll be opening for Poison, The Sweet, Sebastian Bach, and Great White on Friday July 11th.  This will be our second show opening for Poison.  The last time with Poison was at the Wheatland Jam in Kansas a couple of years ago.  That was the time we learned the meaning of “Africa Hot” with temps of 110 degrees in the shade.



The Ash is looking ahead to the summer season.  It was great to have a break at the end of the year but rehearsals are starting and new material is being added to the set.  Festivals coming up this summer include Moondance, Bolin Fest, as well as a new festival in Kansas.  We’ll post more info once dates are confirmed.



Roger hit the half century mark and celebrated with a birthday blow-out.  The Ash played a couple sets with drummer Gary Voxland (Ash alumni).  It was great to play with the “Snare” again.



Mountain Ash made the centerfold photo spread of the fall edition oaf 22nd Century Rock magazine.

Moondance Jam – Robert Tuzzuo, photographer, 22nd Century Rock



Bolin Fest

As usual, the heat wave continued.  This year, Bolin Fest was held outdoors and Mountain Ash played their set during the hottest part of the day.  We survived, but did cut the set short cause it was just too damm hot!  When Jim Dandy and Black Oak Arkansas arrived, Dandy was not fired up to do the show due to the heat.  It was Rogar to the rescue as he bonded with Dandy and convinced him to do the show.  Once JD got on stage, it was “Jim Dandy to the Rescue!”



Classic Rock Revisited ( posted their review of Moondance Jam 2007.  Mountain Ash had a nice reference in the article.




Moondance Jam

Mountain Ash kicked off Moondance Jam 2007 as the opening act on the Main Stage, sharing the stage with Def Leppard, Tesla, Loverboy, and Jackyl.


Summer’s here, it’s getting hot!  On Saturday night, the Walker Street Dance was a cooker!  Thought we were going to loose Kevin and Brando to the heat but they pulled it out, the pro’s that they are.  Countdown to Moondance.




Krueger Fest

Just back from Krueger Aid Fest. Hilary Kruger and her son, Zak, at the Waseca County Fairgrounds.  It was a perfect sunny day and clear night for an outdoor festival.  We spent all afternoon hanging backstage with members of Soul Asylum, Golden Smog, and McCloone.  After the fireworks, it was Ash’s turn to take the stage and close out the night.


Speaking of the band McCloone, it was a reunion of sorts for Mountain Ash, Steve McCloone and the Williams brothers Tom and David.  Back in the mid-70’s, McCloone and the Williams’ were members of a band called Judd.  When Judd completed their first album called “Rhythm and Space,” Mountain Ash was the opening act for their Album Release Concert.  We hadn’t seen these guys for 30 years…



Mountain Ash has been signed to perform at Kruger Aid Fest to be held Saturday June 9th at the Grandstand of the Waseca Minnesota Fairgrounds.  Other bands scheduled to perform include Soul Asylum, Golden Smog, Steve McLoone, City Mouse, Fast Annie McLoone, Brian Naughton, City Mouse, Callie Weiss, and the Freedom Rock Band.

On February 3, 2007, an intruder entered the home of Tracy and Hilary Kruger. The intruder senselessly and tragically took the lives of husband and father Tracy, and 13-year-old son Alec.  Wife and mother Hilary, who was also shot, sustained massive injuries and is still hospitalized.  Ten-year-old Zak was at a friend’s home overnight.

This tragedy compelled the community to come together to organize Kruger Aid Fest, a benefit to help secure the future of Hilary Kruger and her son, Zak, at the Waseca County Fairgrounds on Friday June 8th and Saturday June 9th.

Listed below are scheduled performance times for the bands:

12:15 pm   Freedom Rock Band

1:30 pm   City Mouse
2:45 pm   Brian Naughton
4:00 pm   Soul Asylum
5:00 pm   Callie Weiss
6:00 pm   Mcloone
7:00 pm   Golden Smog
8:00 pm   Fast Annie McLoone

9:00 pm   Mountain Ash



Schedule change.  Mountain Ash will be performing at a Street Dance in Walker, MN on Saturday, July 7, 2007 instead of the Moondance Pre-Jam party.  We wish we could play at both venues at once but we’ll be rockin the streets of Walker from 7:30 PM to 11:30 PM and then head out to the Jam Site for last call at the Pre-Jam.  If you’re in the Walker area on July 7th, start your night off at the street dance and then head out to the Moondance Jam site to finish out a full night of rock and roll.



Mountain Ash will return four their second appearance at the annual Tommy Bolin Fest in Sioux City, IA.  This year’s concert will be held outdoors on August 11, 2007.  The late Tommy Bolin was the former guitarist for the James Gang and Deep Purple as well as well as solo artist.  Coordinating the festival each year is Tommy’s younger brother Johnny Bolin, current drummer for Black Oak Arkansas.  We’ll pass on more details as additional National Acts are signed for the festival.



Mountain Ash guitarist Kevin Abernathy recently injured his ankle in a tragic break-dancing accident.  He attempted but failed to complete the challenging reverse double pivot and went down hard…  Kevin is now on the mend and will be ready for the first of the summer shows in June.



The annual Moondance Pre-Jam party is scheduled at the Moondance Jam Festival Grounds for Saturday, July 7, 2007.  Mountain Ash will share the stage with Talk Dirty (a Poison tribute band).  Music will start at 8:00 PM on the Saloon Stage.  Don’t miss the kick-off to Moondance Jam Sweet 16!



Our favorite LA Band – ThundHerStruck will return for their third Moondance Jam appearance.  We’ve shared numerous stages with this band and you do not want to miss the show from this all female AC/DC tribute band!



Mountain Ash has been signed to perform at Moondance Jam 2007.  The Ash will share the Main Stage Wednesday July 11th with Def Leppard, Tesla, Loverboy, and Jackyl.  The band is looking forward to another great year at Moondance Jam.


After a short winter break, the Ash will start gearing up for the 2007 season.  Rehearsals start in mid-March and we’ll start posting new performance dates as they are confirmed.


Brandon Fjetland handled drum duties for Ali Gray as well as Patrik Tanner and the Faraway Men at the 4th Street Station in downtown St. Paul on Friday night.  Back in the old days, this club was known as Ryan’s.  Excellent show!

Here are some links to Ali Gray and Patrik Tanner and the Faraway Men.



After 30 years, Mountain Ash returned to the town of Wanamingo .  The last time in town we played a dance at the local high school.  This time, we had a chance to come back and play at a local club called Ringo’s.  Believe it or not, we met some fans from over 3 decades ago…


Time to squeeze in one last outdoor show for the 2006 season.  The Ash returned to their hometown of Kenyon for its 150th year celebration.  Saturday night, the band cranked it up under the huge outdoor tent.  I’m sure they heard us loud in clear all throughout town, even the mighty suburb of Trondhiem!  Thanks to Gemini Productions for the massive sound production.



Bolin Fest 2006.

Our last road trip of the summer took us to Sioux City , IA to perform in the annual Tommy Bolin Fest.  Sioux City is the hometown of Tommy Bolin, former guitarist for the James Gang and Deep Purple as well as well as solo artist.  Coordinating the festival each year is Tommy’s younger brother Johnny Bolin, current drummer for Black Oak Arkansas .  After setting up camp at the local Holiday Inn, we headed down to the concert to wait our turn to go on stage.  The venue was packed with people enjoying a night of classic rock music.  This show turned into one of the most enjoyable gigs of the summer.  Our thanks to Johnny Bolin and the rest of the concert staff!  We look forward to seeing you all again at next year’s Bolin Fest.

Check out the web link to Tommy Bolin.



Just in…  Mountain Ash has been signed to perform with Black Oak Arkansas and other bands at the Tommy Bolin Fest in Sioux City, IA on August 26th.  We’re ready for one last road trip this summer and look forward to the show.


Mountain Ash just opened up for Black Oak Arkansas at the Star Central in Minneapolis.  It was great hook up again with the Black Oak band once again.  Black Oak put on a great show, just like the old days.



Moondance Jam has come and gone.  It was hot, hot, hot this year and the temp’s were hot as well.  On Thursday, the Ash opened up for Ted Nugent and Alice Cooper on the Main Stage.  We just finished our set and the raindrops started to fall.  The crack team of stagehands had our gear off the stage and packed up in record time.  Can’t say enough times how great it is to work with the Total Entertainment crew.  We thank them for taking special care of us every year.  Later that evening, Ted Nugent finished his set in the pouring rain and lightning flashes… he was having a blast battling the elements.  After a short weather delay, Alice came out for a rock solid show.  Other highlights of the Jam included National acts such as Poison, Heart, Steve Miller and our buddies the Little River Band.  The Regional acts kicked ass as well.  Great sets by our buddies Rugburn, Black Valentine, T. Albert Lloyd and the Kingpins, Mark Anthony’s Storm Project, ThundHerStruck, Silent Partner, A Fixx of Seagulls, The Minnesota Whiskey Pigzz, and Tim Casey and the Martyrs.

Jeb Wright and the crew from returned for their second Jam.  Check out their review of Moondance Jam at  Mountain Ash even had a brief mention and photo in the article.  How cool!  

Photo by Jeb Wright of


Another Moondance Pre-Jam.  This time, the pre-jam was held at the Moondance Saloon in Walker.  The opening act for the night was the three-piece band El Diablo from Cass Lake.  Eric and the boys played a kick-ass set then packed it up for a second gig that night 20 miles down the road.  We had a chance to crank out two full sets to finish out the night.  As usual, Rob Kruger of Gemini Productions provided sound and lights.  This was the perfect tune-up for Moondance Jam, less than one week away.



Mountain Ash joined three other bands for a Moondance Jam Pre-Party at the Star Central in Minneapolis.  Other bands that performed included Black Valentine, Mark Anthony’s Storm Project, and Sweet Paulie T. & the Blues Blasters.

It was old home week as we hung out backstage with all of our buddies from the other bands.  Our thanks to Rose Daniels of Cross-Management, LLC for organizing the event.  Also, big thanks to Joe and Nathan at Star Central for handling all of the production duties.

Photo by Sashia Landskov.


Just got back from the Winfield Jam in Winfield, Kansas.  It was a quick road trip with a lot of drive time, but we had a blast closing out the B-stage at the Jam on Saturday night.  Our buddies from the Total Entertainment Group (the stage, sound, and lighting company) took good care of us in Winfield.  The highlight of the trip for Roger was meeting Chuck Foreman at a Wal-Mart in Des Moines.  He’s even got the photo oh him and Chuck shaking hands…  Doesn’t take much to keep the boy happy.



Our friends “ThundHerStruck” will be performing at Moondance Jam on Friday and Saturday night as headliners on the Saloon Stage.  We’ve enjoyed performing some shows with the band over the past few years and look forward to hanging out with them at the Jam…  If you are at Moondance Jam this year, you will not want to miss this show!




Drummer Brandon Fjetland is scheduled to perform with Ali Gray and band Tuesday, June 6th for an outdoor show on the Peavey Plaza in downtown Minneapolis .  In addition to writing and performing her solo material, Ali is a member of the Martin Zellar “Neil Diamond Tribute” band which plays to standing room crowds throughout the Midwest .


Mountain Ash has its roots in the tiny village of Kenyon , MN.  This year mark’s the 150th anniversary since the town was founded.  As part of the celebration, Mountain Ash has been asked to return home for an outdoor concert the evening of September 23rd.  We look forward “rocking” our home town into the wee hours.


Mountain Ash will headline the final Moondance Jam Pre-Party July 8th at the Moondance Jam Saloon, located on the Moondance Jam Festival grounds in Walker , MN .  Mountain Ash will be joined by a support act “to be named at a later date.”  Music starts at 8:00 PM and continues into the wee hours.  For more information check out the Moondance Jam website.



Once again, the Ash will be heading south for their annual Kansas road trip.  This year, the band will be performing at a festival in Winfield , KS the weekend of June 3rd.



Mountain Ash just completed their first show as a five-piece band last Saturday at Star Central sharing the evening with their buddies “Rugburn.”  Right from the start, the band was excited to bust out of the rehearsal studio and kick off the 2006 tour season with the excitement of a live show.  Our thanks to the boys in the Rugburn band for a great evening of ROCK!


Mountain Ash has been signed for Moondance Jam 15.  The band will perform on the Main Stage Thursday July 13th opening for Alice Cooper, Ted Nugent, Santana’s Gregg Rollie, and Starship featuring Mickey Thomas.  The first rock concert that Ash guitarist Mark Kirchhoff attended was Alice Cooper with his classic line-up for the “Billion Dollar Babies” way back in 1973…



Ash members Brandon Fjetland, Mark Juenemann , and Mark Kirchhoff having been serving as musical judges for the past six weeks at Star Central in Minneapolis for the “Rugburn” reality band contest.  Over the course of six weeks, the band auditioned five singers and four drummers in a live concert setting and it was the audience judges that helped decide who would join the band.  Check out the Rugburn web site for more info.


It’s official!  Mountain Ash is now a five-piece band!  Roger Anderson is moving from bass and vocals to being the “Front Man - Lead Vocalist” for the Ash.  Stepping in on bass duties is Mark Juenemann , long time FOH soundman and studio guru for the band.  Welcome J-man to the Ash unit!!!


As we look back on this past year, it’s amazing how fast the month’s fly by! We performed at some great shows and met all kinds of people on the “Cake” tour this past summer. The year 2006 is already starting to fill up with more of the same. Looking ahead, the band is looking at more studio time as well as scheduling performance dates for the spring and summer. The first confirmed dates for next year are in July at Moondance Jam in Walker, MN. In addition, the band has some special surprises in the works for the touring band lineup this year. Think Mountain Ash plus special guests… We’ll keep you posted as details are finalized.

Here’s a heads up on a couple of bands to keep your eyes on! Rochester, MN has turned into a musical hotbed with great bands such as:

Black Valentine – features our former band mate Bobby Valentine (Kirchhoff and Fjetland were members of the band a few years ago during a hiatus from the Ash.) .

Next 2 Nothing – also features Bobby V on guitars.

Misfit Toys – includes former band mate Kevin Anderson.

7 Day Weekend – Long time rockers Jay Wells and the boys.

Head down to Rochester for a night at the clubs and support all of these great bands!

Mountain Ash Studios is undergoing an equipment update. A 32 channel Tascam mixing desk (with full automation) is being installed. Of course, this means equipment racks are rearranged, patch bays rewired, computer equipment reinstalled, etc. The re-tooled mix room should be back in operation January 1st. Special thanks to Rob Kruger of Gemini Productions for the Tascam board install!

In early December, Mountain Ash spent a few days at The Brew House Recording Studio in Minneapolis as the backing band for artist Robert Doom. Robert is a keyboard/guitar wiz from St. Louis, Missouri. The initial recording sessions were a blast and we look forward to continuing the sessions in the near future. The tracks were engineered and produced by Mark Juenemann in Studio B.

Mountain Ash has taken some time off this fall to allow band and crew members to focus on long neglected side projects. One of the pet projects is culling through photos and miles of video tape of the band shot over the last 30 years. Our plan is to put together a “Rockumentary” of the Mountain Ash band. Someone once said that it takes one hour of editing for every one minute of a finished video. Judging from the time spent so far in organizing video clips, syncing audio, etc, they are way too optimistic…

The fall edition of 22nd Century Rock is now out. Mountain Ash is included in the Moondance Jam feature article. A photo of Mark is included on the center page with a number of National Acts. To order a copy of the magazine, contact the website:

Mountain Ash Studio news… Final mix is complete for the Minnesota Whiskey Pigzz EP. The band has already lined up airplay on radio stations in Northern Minnesota and Canada. Best of luck on the CD release next month.

Mountain Ash is starting the process of going through all of the audio and video recordings from the summer shows and will pull together a DVD with performance highlights.

The Minnesota Whiskey Pigzz are in Mountain Ash studios recording a 4-song EP. Mark Juenemann is Producer and Engineer for the recording project. The album should be released in October.

Wheatland Jam was hot, hot, and hot! On Friday, we opened up for Journey, .38 Special, and ThunderHerStruck. Once again, Wichita turned up the heat with stage temps of 107 degrees. After our show, we cooled off back stage with the Total Entertainment production crew and the ThunderHerStruck gals. Journey had an awesome show and played to the largest Wheatland Jam crowd ever. Next day, it was drinks poolside at the hotel as we continued our cool down mission.

Wishbone Ash Meets Mountain Ash! Legendary rockers Wishbone Ash performed at Moondance Jam. We couldn’t pass up the opportunity to chat with our fellow “Ash-band” backstage. Guitarist Andy Powell mentioned to Roger that he was originally going to call the band Mountain Ash but changed it to Wishbone Ash at the last minute. Who know’s, our little band from Kenyon could have been named after a chicken bone instead of a bush!

Wishbone Ash & Mountain Ash. Photo by Steve Loftness.

Check out Wishbone Ash guitarist Andy Powell wearing a Mountain Ash tour laminate…

Wishbone Ash guitarist Andy Powell. Photo by Steve Loftness.

We had an absolute blast at Moondance Jam! The band played the Main Stage on Thursday opening up for REO Speedwagon, Cheap Trick, Grand Funk Railroad, and Loverboy.

Mountain Ash. Photo by Robert Tuozzo.


During the Jam we met some new friends in the Rock Industry. Jeb Wright of Classic Rock Revisited arrived at Moondance right during the middle of our set. Classic Rock Revisited is the premier website for classic rock news and interviews. Read Jeb’s review of Moondance and Mountain Ash on his website

We also met Robert Tuozzo of 22nd Century Rock. Robert is a world-class photographer who came to shoot the cover photo for the September 2005 edition of 22nd Century Rock. Robert captured a classic Lynyrd Skynyrd shot for the cover! Robert is a true gentleman who we look forward to seeing at festivals down the road.

Brandon Fjetland (drummer for Mountain Ash) ended up tech’ing for the Twisted Sister drummer on the last night of the festival. Here’s a shot of Brandon making final adjustments on the kit moments before the show.

Brandon Fjetland. Photo by Robert Tuozzo.

Highlights of the Jam this year included shows by Tesla, Journey, Cinderella, and Whitesnake.

Moondance Jam 2005 is just days away. Last Saturday, Ash shared the stage with T. Albert & the Kingpins and The Minnesota Whiskey Pigzz. It was a perfect summer evening for a show on the Moondance Saloon stage. The crowd was hot, the beer was cold…

Only 60 days to Moondance Jam! Mountain Ash will be recording audio and video during their performance. Don’t miss your chance to be in the Ash DVD! Other news – T. Albert Lloyd and the Kingpins, Mountain Ash, and The Minnesota Whiskey Pigzz are joining forces for a Pre-Jam concert at the Moondance Saloon on Saturday July 9, 2005. Check the Moondance web site for more info.

Just found out that our favorite Rochester band Black Valentine will be performing at Moondance Jam on Friday July 15th!

Mountain Ash has been signed for Moondance Jam 14. The band will perform on the Main Stage Thursday July 14th opening for REO Speedwagon, Cheap Trick, Grand Funk Railroad, and Loverboy. It’s going to be a great night for classic rock music!

Due to scheduling conflicts, Brandon Fjetland will sit in on drums for two shows this summer with Mountain Ash. Original Ash drummer Gary Voxland will be busy in the recording studio with a special side project during mid-July. Fjetland and Kirchhoff used to perform together in the Rochester based band Black Valentine in the early nineties. In recent years, Fjetland, Kirchhoff and Abernathy have played together in a band called “The Amazing Fantastiks.”

Mountain Ash returns to Wheatland Jam for the third consecutive year. The Ash will perform on the Main Stage opening for Journey, 38-Special and an all female AC/DC Tribute Band known as ThundHerStruck. Dates for Wheatland Jam this year are July 21, 22, & 23, 2005 in Lake Afton, Kansas, (just minutes west of Wichita in case you’re in the mood for a great scenic drive from Minneapolis). Ash played a show last summer with ThundHerStruck and look forward to catching up with them in Lake Afton.

T. Albert Lloyd and the Kingpins are back in Mountain Ash Studios laying tracks for a new Album. Once again, Mark Juenemann is Producer and Engineer for the recording project. The album should be released early summer.

The Ash is taking some time off over the holidays. We’ll see you next year.

T. Albert Lloyd and the Kingpins booked some time at Mountain Ash Studios to mix their live performance from Moondance Jam last summer. Mark Juenemann engineered the live recordings as well as the studio mix-down.

Just got back from Party in the Pasture. Great show! It was hilarious watching Bobby Blotzer (drummer for Ratt), throw a fit backstage before their show because someone had re-arranged the positioning of his drum kit. Next time you see Roger, ask him about the “Sharpie” incident. Best surprise of the festival was Grand Funk Railroad. Bruce Kulick (from Kiss) is on guitar and he just rocked the place! It was fun to see Darrin, Duane, Norbert, and Ernie from the Total Entertainment crew.

The Amazing Fantastiks opened for Head East at the Moondance Saloon on August 14th. This is the third time members of the Ash have performed with Head East. Years ago, the Ash used to play a full set of Head East covers. It’s cool to catch up with one of your favorite bands and just hang. Never Been Any Reason…

Mountain Ash opened for the Classic Rock All-stars at the Moondance Saloon on July 31/04. The band includes Peter Rivera, the original drummer and lead singer from Rare Earth, guitarist Mike Pinera of Alice Cooper, Iron Butterfly and Blues Image, Jerry Corbetta of Sugarloaf, and Dennis Noda. Before the show, the Ash boys brought the band out to the Kirchhoff cabin on 10-Mile Lake to hang by the water and catch all of the old road stories. Great bunch of guys and one hell of a band!

Just got back from the Kansas road trip. What a great festival! Hung out with Tommy Thayer (drummer for Joan Jett), the Gin Blossoms, and the Black Oak Arkansas boys at the hotel after the show. Could have used a little less rain, but still had a blast meeting a whole bunch of new friends.

Moondance has come and gone. The Ash crew again worked at the festival managing production for both the National and Regional stages. Couldn’t do it without the fine folks at Total Entertainment Group and Gemini Productions. We’ll see our buddies from Total Entertainment - Darrin, Duane, Norbert, and Ernie next week at the festival down in Kansas.

Mountain Ash opened for the Southern Rock All-stars at the Moondance Saloon on June 26, 2005. Members of the band include musicians from Blackfoot, Molly Hatchet, and the Rossington Band. We’ll hook up with these guys again later this summer at Party in the Pasture.

Mountain Ash and Black Valentine just got done playing an outdoor show in Pine Island. The BV boys kicked ass! It was great to hang with the BV crew. (Kirchhoff was one of the original guitarists in the band a few years ago during a hiatus from the Ash.) We even dodged the rain clouds to tear down the gear before the monsoon cut loose.

Mountain Ash opened for the all female AC/DC tribute band ThundHerStruck at the Moondance Saloon on June 5, 2004

Mountain Ash will make their first road trip in many years to North Dakota. The band is scheduled to perform on the Main Stage Friday August 20, 2004 opening for Ratt, Skid Row, and Slaughter. The festival is known as “Party in the Pasture.”

Mountain Ash opened for Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels at the Moondance Saloon on June 5, 2004. This is the third time the Ash has played with Mitch and the boys.

“The Amazing Fantastiks,” a side project for Mark Kirchhoff and Kevin Abernathy, as well as fellow musicians Brandon Fjetland, JJ Benson, and Mark Juenemann are scheduled to perform July 16, 2004 on the Main Stage at Moondance Jam 2004 opening for John Fogarty, Pat Benatar, Edgar Winter, and Santana’s Greg Rollie.

Mountain Ash has been signed for Wheatland Jam. The band will perform on the Main Stage Saturday July 24th opening for Boston, Blues Traveler, and Black Oak Arkansas.

The Ash just returned from Wheatland Jam in Kansas after performing on the Main Stage with Poison, Skid Row, and Vince Neil. It was what we called “Africa Hot” with temps of 110 degrees on the stage during our set. Now we know the meaning of “hottest band in the land…”

Mountain Ash performed on the Main Stage at Moondance Jam opening up for Boston, Joan Jett, Head East, and Lou Gramm of Foreigner. Tom Scholtz of Boston still has all of the original “toys” used to create the classic Boston albums. It’s cool to stack your amps next to the Sholtz Rockmans…