published Friday, June 22nd, 2012

Japanese bluegrass band plays at Camp House


What: Foothill Drive in concert.

When: 8 p.m. Saturday.

Where: The Camp House, 1427 Williams St.

Admission: $5.

Phone: 706-820-2228.

Foothill Drive, a bluegrass band composed of Japanese musicians, will perform Saturday night at The Camp House as part of the Forever Bluegrass series of concerts produced by Cindy Pinion.

Pinion first met mandolin player and group leader Hiroki Maeta a decade ago when he attended one of her annual Boxcar Pinion bluegrass festivals. He was a student studying music in Nashville and attended the festival to hear good bluegrass, he said.

Maeta, 36, said via text messaging from Japan that his band features mostly younger players.

"They are all 25 and sometimes call me 'Grandpa,'" he said.

Maeta grew up playing classical piano but found the music a little too boring. He branched out into rock and then bluegrass.

The band plays primarily in and around Hiroshima, where they live, he said.

about Barry Courter...

Barry Courter is staff reporter and columnist for the Times Free Press. He started his journalism career at the Chattanooga News-Free Press in 1987. He covers primarily entertainment and events for ChattanoogaNow, as well as feature stories for the Life section. Born in Lafayette, Ind., Barry has lived in Chattanooga since 1968. He graduated from Notre Dame High School and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a degree in broadcast journalism. He previously was ...

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