Poudre Valley Playboys
Poudre Valley Playboys, a collaboration of Colorado guitar phenomenon Josh Long and upright bass aficionado Mark Verschoor, is high-octane classic country-rockabilly-surf music that gets any crowd jumping and hollering within the first few bars. Josh and Mark dig deep into the archives to pull out some overlooked gems of yesteryear in addition to cult classics from the rockabilly, country, and surf music scenes. A typical mix-it-up medley they’ll do is “Ghost Riders in the Sky” into “El Cumbanchero.” With Mark Vershoor’s powerhouse bass licks and Josh Long’s riveting electric guitar riffs, this duo sounds like a full band on fire.
Josh takes the lead on vocals with a melt-your-heart baritone (he nails Leroy Van Dyke’s “Walk On By”). Josh is a founding member in Sugar Britches, and also plays in Truckers Daughter and Josh and the Long Haul. Mark sings back-up vocals and thumps that bass with an authority that comes from decades of playing with American roots bands in the Netherlands and in the U.S. He’s played with retro country and rockabilly bands including Coop and the Chicken Pluckers, the Hillbilly Hellcats, The High Gear Daddies, and Adam Lopez and the San Joaquin Valley Boys. Not only are these two killer players, but they have an electric magnetism that you just can’t resist. With choreographed twirls and boot bumps, the Poudre Valley Playboys are as much fun to watch as they are to listen to!