The Dukes of Bluegrass, a longtime Baltimore-based band, will perform Friday, May 31, at the Montpelier Arts Center in Laurel.
Walter Hensley, who founded the group in the early 1960s, died last year, and the band is in flux, said leader Dee Gunter, who lives in Baltimore.
“We’re sort of reorganizing. We just picked up two new members,” said Gunter, 69, who plays the guitar and sings.
The band also includes musicians on banjo, fiddle and bass.
Gunter said he has not settled on a play list.
“It all depends on the audience,” he said.
But he guaranteed there will be plenty of music.
“We have songs that are sad, happy, slow and fast. There’s a lot of variety,” he said. “We’ll also do one, possibly two, gospel songs.”
Gunter grew up in West Virginia, where his father showed him some chords on a guitar.
“Musicians played at home on the back porch,” said Gunter, who said he stuck with acoustic guitar during the rise of Elvis Presley and electronic rock ‘n’ roll.
He said the Dukes today still draw from their hands and their hearts to perform.
“We have no written music,” he said.
He also guaranteed the group will stick with traditional music by bluegrass greats such as Jimmy Martin, the Stanley Brothers, Flatt & Scruggs and Mac Wiseman.
“We do flat, hard pickin’ bluegrass,” Gunter said with a laugh. “There are still some old timers, and they still love the old sound.”