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Created in 1991 to provide fun, danceable music for a base of fans in Skagit County, The Buckaroo Blues Band expanded its venue to include lounges, private clubs, casinos, parties and special events throughout Washington. The Buckaroo Blues Band has included among its engagements: "The Bite of Seattle", "Two Days in the Valley" in Winthrop,WA, "The Little Red Hen" in Seattle, "Baldys" in Milton, "Cascade Restaurant" in Everett, "Parker's Ballroom" in Seattle, the "Palace Hotel" in Winthrop, and rodeos in Ellensburg, Winthrop, Omak, and Yakima. The Buckaroo Blues Band has also frequently been the featured artists for promotions sponsored by radio stations KMPS and Young Country in Seattle and KAPS in Mount Vernon. The Buckaroos also perform for charitable organizations such as Make a Wish Foundation, March of Dimes, Skagit Youth Dynamics and La Esperanza (sponsored by former Seattle Mariner catcher Dave Valle). The Buckaroo Blues Band has backed up numerous international recording artists including "The Drifters" and "The Coasters" and was the featured act at the 1999 Okanagon County Fair and Rodeo. The Buckaroo Blues Band takes great pride in the fact that they have never completed an engagement without being asked to return.
The Buckaroo Blues Band has a simple performance formula that has served them well:
Mo (Country Mo) Hargrove, the leader of the Buckaroo Blues Band, plays drums and sings melody. Born in Haskel, Texas in 1959, Mo has been a professional musician since the age of 15. Known for his smooth, crisp beats and his friendly, outgoing personality, Mo has performed with such celebrities as Buck Owens, Johnny Russell, The Haggar Twins, and Sheb Woolley. He also toured the western United States and Canada with the band "Smooth Movin' Country." Although Mo is proficient in a variety of musical styles, his engagements in Texas developed a special appreciation for Texas Swing. As Mo says, "They don't call me Country Mo for nothin'." Mo and his wife Kim presently own the "Happy Valley Dance School" and have taught thousands of people throughout Western Washington the latest country dances.
Roger (Hoss) Grover, another original member of the Buckaroo Blues Band, plays a mean bass guitar and sings melody and harmony. Born in Yakima in 1962, Roger began performing at age 8 with the "Grover Family Band" and continued with them for eleven years. Roger also performed in the Portland area for nine years with "The Baldwin Brothers", and played at all the Portland area clubs as well as many state fairs. An outstanding achievement while with the Baldwins was a fourth place finish in the 1989 Marlboro Country Music Contest. Roger has performed with Hank Thompson, jammed with Willie Nelson, and in 1994 reunited with the Grover family to perform at the Tacoma Dome as part of the Garth Brooks ticket sale party. Roger is known for his super-charged vocals and ability to groove in a variety of musical styles including country, rock, blues and funk.
Darren Wayne joined the Buckaroo Blues Band in 2005 to open for the Phil Vassar show. He plays a wicked lead and bass guitar and sings both melody and harmony. His North Carolina hillbilly heritage gave him his shy southern demeanor, while his Pacific Northwest upbringing allows him to work a computer as well as any Microsoft geek. He's been playing guitar since his daddy held his fingers to the strings back in the 70's and professionally since he was 14. His talents include song writing and producing CDs for himself and other popular northwest performers. You'll find his name included in bios as a mentor and teacher to many fine musicians. His resume also includes playing in groups that opened for such famous headliners as Merle Haggard, The Charlie Daniels Band, Neil McCoy, Phil Vassar, Collin Raye, Glen Campbell, John Connelly, Freddy Fender, Doug Stone, Asleep at the Wheel, Gene Watson, and The Blues Brothers. The band he is most remembered for performing with, his local claim to fame, is the legendary Ridler Brothers band.