|Three Bean Salad was formed originally as a dance band with Mike Black on Mandolin, Dayle on Piano and the late Gary Hughes on Fiddle.
The most recent line up of Three Bean Salad with Mike Yoder on Guitar was cooked up for the 2004 MandoFest held at the historic Liberty
Hall in Lawrence, Kansas. Since then Three Bean Salad has opened up for several top name players such as Mike Marshall, John Reischman,
Don Stiernberg & Butch Baldassari. Three Bean Salad has also played for Dance Weekends and instrument workshops.
We began formulating a plan to write a few tunes for Three Bean Salad during the 2005 Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, KS . We had
constantly been scouting out new tunes to learn but felt we needed to have a few that were our own. We had fun with our first tunes, so we set
a goal to come up with one tune a month. Some months were surprisingly productive and others dry, but we exceeded our goal with 20 tunes
in about a year. Plus, we were having a fabulous time creating and trying out tunes on our jamming buddies.
Mike & Dayle have won the 2007 Walnut Valley new song showcase in the Instrumental category for their tune Cowley County Breakdown,
Alternate Winner in 2008 for Dan Kessinger's and the 2009 winner for Scratch Box / Scritch & Scratch.
We chose the name Acoustic Potluck for our second CD because of the eclectic mix of styles our tunes have. The tunes are just like the food at
a potluck; you never really know what’s going to show up. This collection includes reels, jigs, groove tunes, power tunes, dance sets, and
waltzes. We’ll jam on anything: New England, old-timey, Irish, Klezmer or whatever comes up, and our tunes grew out of this musical
smorgasbord. Many of these tunes have been successfully contra-dance road-tested: Flint Hills Ride, Digger’s Reel, Window Pain, Biscuits &
Gravy, Old Dog, Paddy On the Kaw, Second Shift, Problem Solved, Boiled Okra, and Field Assignment, while others are just for jamming or
zoning out. Guitar players tend to enjoy and fear our tunes because they are challenging as well as fun. As one of our friends put it “these
tunes make the guitar part of the music, rhythmically as opposed to being just back up.”