Photo shoot for Storm Moon CD Rugg Benefit Dance Last gig as the Mtn Men & Julie
1st Beargrass CD Delvin was recovering from surgery.
This was the name of the Watkins family band. The idea was conceived during the fall of 1979. In October of that year, Shayne's mother, Julie learned how to play the electric bass from family friend Don Caward. Until that time, Delvin Watkins had sang and played country music all his life, mostly throughout central Idaho. He fronted for groups under various names, including "Hillbilly" Wattkins. He also backed top-name entertainers and kept traditional music alive with the Idaho Old Time Fiddlers.
Shayne was playing electric guitar by the age of 12 so father and son teamed up with Harold Makin on pedal steel guitar and hired out as the "The Mountain Men". One of many gigs was New Years Eve 1978 at the Canyon Inn, Peck, Idaho.
When Julie joined the band in 1979 she thought her name should be part of the title and so it became 'The Mountain Men & Julie'. The first paying gig was New Year's Eve at the Community Club in Uniontown, Washington for $150.
New Year's Eve was a milestone for the band in many ways. New Year's Eve 1999 at the Log Inn in Potlatch, Idaho, twenty years after the band formed, they played their last gig using that stage name.
Alane joined the band in the fall of that year, providing rhythm guitar, lead and harmony vocals. Beginning in 2000, BEARGRASS was the name for their 4-pc ensemble.
Delvin retired from music in 2006, Julie played for a few more years with Shayne and Alane, retiring (mostly) in 2008.