The Possum Playboys are keeping alive and vibrant the tradition of bands that once traveled the two-lane highways of America, playing music that pleases and satisfies the eternal human longing for companionship, dance and fun!
Featuring fiddle, slide guitar and “hillbilly/cajun” accordion, the Playboys play a lively mix of "possum bebop" ---- musical styles that range from “swamp to swing”, “ rockabilly to be-bop”---- music that sets feet tapping, hips swinging, and people singing!
The Possum Playboys are a hard working band that pride themselves on their ability to weave seamlessly in and out of musical genres while staying firmly rooted in the earthy tones of traditional Appalachian music. And, though the musical traditions may be familiar, the songs and interpretations are fresh and new and the musicianship is superb!
“His music is the real deal: the music that came from Britain and Ireland, augmented by those who toiled in the mines and on the farms, and evolved into American folk music.” —CMT (Country Music Today) Magazine ”
“Dirty Linen Magazine said of the songs on the album Wings To Fly, “It’s the stuff of earthy life, and the skill of Short’s work in the tradition suggests that some of his songs may well become part of that tradition in another couple decades.”
Dirty Linen Magazine
“Ron Short’s songs sound as though they were written by a rural Bruce Springsteen.” Lincoln Journal Star, Lincoln, Neb. ”
"Ron Short and The Possum Playboys brought something new to the festival---Cajun accordion and western swing---when they left the stage there was a smile on every face in the audience!!" The Post, Big Stone Gap Va.
“This is entirely fresh, contemporary work, but it captures the heart and soul of the Celtic roots and the foundation of traditional old time mountain music. . . "Wings to Fly" is completely unique, timeless work.” —John Wolfe, Colorado Bluegrass Music Association”
Colorado Bluegrass Music Assoc.
“Ron Short’s songs in the production ranged from foot-stomping hoedowns to elegiac, heart rending ballads. His music alone is worth the price of admission.” San Francisco Chronicle”