Published on January 22, 2013
Allan (left) and Rick Spinney were happy to celebrate their birthdays earlier this month along with their 100-year-old grandmother Gertrude Jordan. Tim Jordan
Published on November 13, 2012
Rick and Allan Spinney, left, along with band mates Gary Dalrymple on mandolin and Darryl Hebb on upright bass. File
By Wendy Elliott
Wolfville’s own Spinney Brothers are in the studio again working on their tenth album, while their ninth is hitting the bluegrass charts in the United States.
Memories, from the album of the same name, has been number three on the Bluegrass Unlimited's top 30 songs in North America.
“Basically, there are only around 60 to 75 reporting stations in the world,” Rick Spinney said, “and, supposedly, it's the top 10 picks from those stations that Lee Demsey from Bluegrasscountry.org uses each month to put the chart together.”
Memories was designated the tenth most popular bluegrass song for all of 2012.
“I believe we are the first Canadian band to hit the charts,” he said.
Rick and his brother Allan recently celebrated another birthday with their grandmother Gertrude Jordan of Wolfville. She turned 100 earlier this month. The two brothers and their late grandfather all shared her birthday.
Rick said the Wolfville resident received “some wonderful cards, but her favorite is a certificate she received in the mail signed by the Queen of England.”
The four-man Spinney band were performing recently in Presque Isle, Maine, at the Rogestki's indoor festival. After playing in Kentucky last week, they are on a bluegrass cruise out of Florida Jan. 20 to 24.