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Let the games begin

Wren Wertin
Special to the DailyKevin Larkin, Geoff Steiner and Chris Steiner are Stuck in the Mud. The American roots band plays Mango's today.

It’s official – Live! in Minturn begins today with an appearance by Stuck in the Mud, a trio of Southern transplants gone nitty gritty. They play at Mango’s in Red Cliff at 9 p.m.

Kevin Larkin (mandolin, guitar), Chris Steiner (guitar) and Geoff Steiner (cello) describe their sound as progressive roots music. Though the brothers Steiner have been playing together for eons, Stuck in the Mud is roughly six months old. They’ve been heard locally at Main Street Grill, but usually play in Boulder from Pearl Street to Trilogy Lounge.

For Chris, playing in the Americana style is a refreshing change.

“It’s just raw, no amps, and we don’t really have a p.a.,” he said. “It’s fun to just sit around and play roots music. I’ve been in electric bands my whole life, with huge amps and rock and roll. Now, I’m just getting back to the basics.”

The majority of their repertoire is original, but they like to bust out the occasional traditional bluegrass tune.

For those who prefer not to drive the long and winding road into Red Cliff, there’s a shuttle service from The Saloon in Minturn, which leaves at 6:45 p.m., 8:45 p.m. and 10:45 p.m. Look for the Nova Guides van.

“At that point they’ll stay up there until the bitter end,” said Cori Snyder, Live! in Minturn organizer.

Wren Wertin can be reached via e-mail at wrenw@vaildaily.com or phone at 949-0555, ext. 618.

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