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By Ron Hartman
The Chronicle 

Trio brings eclectic mix of country, rock

 

February 6, 2020

Richard O'Neill/Photo provided

Band member Heath Whitney forms one-third of The Canyoneers' trio.

COTTAGE GROVE - You could say that the Canyoneers are the ultimate family band, even though their subject matter – like "Death in the Country," a tragic song about Hank Williams Sr. dying at the age of 29 – isn't always for the squeamish type.

The three-piece band is made up of husband and wife Ben and Mary Beth James on guitar and Heath Whitney on bass.

Ben and Mary Beth have two children, ages 2 and 4, at home in Veneta. Whitney has three children, the youngest of which is 14.

"It's hard, but we draw a lot of inspiration from (raising the kids)," Ben said after playing Saturday night,...



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