The Lonesome Valley Rounders, formerly known as the Grange Hall Drifters, are currently preparing for Sweet Home’s Oregon Jamboree on Sunday, July 31. The band is made up of four local Corvallisites, Bill Brown, Adam Larson, Paddy McGovern, and Patrick Ward. Together the quartet comprises a bluegrass country folk band that includes guitar, banjo, bass, mandolin, harmonica, and vocals from all four.
So, why the name change? In November of 2015 the former Grange Hall Drifters received a letter from the National Grange stating, “Your band name contains the words ‘Grange’ and ‘Grange Hall,’ which would infringe on the long-held trademarks owned by the National Grange.”
The band was given the opportunity to keep the name, but the work required would make their efforts pointless. The band was going to have to spend a whole lot of time and money just to keep the name. Though the name change was hard, the guys get a few laughs out of it now. Coming up with the new name caused complications and “four months of the worst arguments ever,” according to Larsen.
The band, though not entirely thrilled with a name change, is happy to continue playing music and respects the National Grange, a longtime nonprofit organization advocating for rural America and agriculture.
Recently, the Lonesome Valley Rounders played at Bombs Away Cafe, filling the small area with supporters and locals.
“We would like to say thank you to all of our friends and family that supported us in this time of name change. Especially the ones that had the [Grange Hall Drifters] tattoos,” said Larson.
“We won’t pay for your tattoo change,” Ward chimed in.
If you would like more information on the Lonesome Valley Rounders, visit their Facebook page by searching for “Lonesome Valley Rounders” or contact them by email at LVRounders@gmail.com. The band will be playing at the Oregon Jamboree on the main stage on Sunday, July 31. For tickets, visit oregonjamboree.com.
By Kara Beu