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High Plains Tradition started in 1987 when Kenny Pabst and Doug Elrick had just come off of a 1 year hiatus from playing music with the band "A Grain Of Salt".  Kenny and Doug talked about getting back to playing the music they love, Bluegrass, and playing in front of the best crowds music has to offer.  That is when Kenny and Doug got a hold of Steve Youngblood, an amazing left handed guitar player and singer, and Bob Grosser,  a fast-handed banjo player.  Thus was the beginning of High Plains Tradition.  Through several member changes and 30 plus years later, High Plains tradition has become a highly sought after band at festivals and concerts alike. 

vHigh Plains Tradition has played in venues all across the western United States from California to Kentucky, Minnesota to Texas.  Their travels have also taken them to play festivals and events in Canada as well as 5 tours in Ireland.  Their music is rooted in the "Traditional" bluegrass with a flair of their own. Let's meet the Band.

Doug Elrick

Being one of the finest songwriters and mandolin players this side of The Mississippi, their shows consist of many originals as well as songs of the "Masters. Doug also is a top luthier.  He has made several mandolins including the one he plays, 2 guitars and 2 fiddles.

Steve Gilmore

The driving force behind HPT's sound with his hard-driving guitar work. He also hits the vocal harmony's perfectly that are the mainstay of the band. He is believed to be an accomplished fisherman when not picking with the boys.

Mark Leslie

One of the finest banjo players in the whole west.  His leads are spot on and his backup is so tasteful. When not playing Bluegrass, Mark is an avid hiker,  bicyclist and hunter. 

Bobbie Vickery



High Plains is blessed to have 5 members who all can sing and that is what keeps our fans coming back. Their Gospel Show has been known to bring not only band members to tears but also the fans in attendance. They are known to be quite a bunch of cut-ups on stage and fans have been heard saying, " You just don't know what's going to happen on stage with them boys.  They are just SO entertaining."  We hope you get the chance to see High Plains Tradition and we look forward to seeing Ya"ll real soon.

Bobbie can sing tenor to a dog whistle.  His powerful, cutting edge voice brought a whole new dimension to High Plains as well as his stellar fiddle work. Bobbie lives on the Gulf Coast of Texas and when he's not picking and singing he is usually with his family doing something in the Gulf, either fishing boating or swimming.

Kenny Pabst

The heartbeat of the band with his rock solid bass. His drive is what keeps this train on track. Kenny has a dream of taking his 1957 Greyhound Bus, (converted to a motorcoach) and just hitting the blue highways and seeing the real America.

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