Kerry Grombacher and Aspen Black, both successful solo artists, have worked together as a duo since 2014. Influenced by the English ballad tradition, the string-band music of Aspen’s Appalachian home, and the corridos of the desert Southwest, where Kerry has lived and worked, their songs tell stories of the people and events that shaped the West.
Kerry Grombacher plays guitar and mandolin. His songs have been featured on the ABC-TV adventure travel show, “Born to Explore,” and on the internationally-released Putumayo World Records CD “Cowboy Playground.” He has released six albums of original songs, and his songs have been recorded by a list of artists that includes Jim Jones, Belinda Gail, The Texas Trailhands, Gary Prescott, and Trails & Rails. There is a room named for him at the Sands Motel in Grants NM, on Historic Route 66.
Aspen Black plays guitar and bass. She received a Will Rogers Medallion for her 2018 CD of Cowboy Poetry, “Tales From the Road,” and her “Lovin’ the West” won the Rural Roots Music Commission’s 2017 Classic Western CD of the Year award. Her “Eastern-Western Cowgirl” was the RRMC’s 2015 Female Country-Western CD of the Year. She is a multi-year Top Five finalist for the International Western Music Association’s Female Poet of the Year, and both her 2018 “Tales From the Road,” and her 2016 “Invisibility,” were Top Five finalists for the IWMA’s Cowboy Poetry CD of the Year.