Strictly Clean & Decent

  • Dates: September 29, 2018
  • Venue: Davie Street Stage
  • Location: Downtown Raleigh
  • Address: 31 W Davie St, Raleigh, NC 27601
  • Times: 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
  • Admission: Free


Strictly Clean and Decent is an acoustic trio featuring Patrick Crouch, Ron Shuffler, and Kay Crouch whose blend of brilliant vocal harmonies tops a solid instrumental foundation. They are dedicated to performing a variety of musical styles in an acoustic setting. Their eclectic repertoire includes modern folk songs by American, Canadian, and Irish songwriters, the fiery breakdowns and songs of family and home found in both traditional and contemporary bluegrass settings, and centuries-old Celtic airs and dance tunes. All of this is peppered with a healthy dose of popular jazz standards, swing and western swing music, and a few classic country tunes thrown in. Shuffler is a veteran of the early Top 40 and beach music scene but also is well known in country and bluegrass circles. He has toured with David Peterson and 1946, the Dale Ann Bradley Band, and Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper. His solid bass playing and impeccable harmony vocals are without equal. Shuffler was raised in a musical family; his eldest brother, George, virtually created the cross-picking style of guitar playing while working with The Stanley Brothers, a first-generation bluegrass band, in the 1950s and 60s. Kay Crouch performs on the guitar, flute, piano, and tin whistle - her varied musical background includes symphonic and solo percussion work and musical theatre as well as popular and folk music. Her interpretive vocals are an asset to the trio that she joined in 1991. Patrick Crouch handles the mandolin, banjo, dobro, fiddle, and guitar for the trio. He has been performing acoustic music since 1977 when he founded New River Reign, a staple at Blowing Rock’s P.B. Scott’s Music Hall. He turned to country music with Long Time Gone and, in 1989, created Strictly Clean and Decent with Ron Shuffler and Reggie Harris. Crouch's intense, often pyrotechnic but always tasteful instrumental skills are the highlight of every Strictly Clean and Decent show. In addition, Crouch is a member of Red Rocking Chair (along with Jack Lawrence, Tom Kuhn, and Dale Meyer) and he is much in demand as a freelance musician. The band has three CDs: Boomer Breakdown, Crazy Quilt, and How High the Moon. They have hosted an annual Caldwell Traditional Musicians Showcase for almost 20 years! Strictly Clean and Decent is included in the traditional artists directory of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area and in the Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina. In 2000, Strictly Clean and Decent proposed a project to record 100 Caldwell County traditional musicians over a 10-year period; 128 musicians were recorded with the trio providing instrumental and vocal backing for all artists on 10 recordings released annually between 2001 and 2010.