For Allen (aka: Aldo) Conrad, it started around 1962 when his parents got him a Silvertone 6 string classical guitar (the neck on that baby was as wide as a 2X4). The Kingston Trio/folk music/hootenanny era was in full swing and Aldo fell right into it. His older brothers, Fred and Tom Dawson, formed a folk band that won many regional contests. Aldo tagged along with them, learning all their material, eventually joining them in 1968 for a summer long engagement at Tweetsie Railroad in Boone,N.C.

While at Elon College, Aldo formed a bluegrass band called Hot Dipped. Bluegrass has remained his music of choice since that time. Aldo likes to incorporate the music from Lightfoot, Prine, Van Morrison, and Browne with the style of Tony Rice, Seldom Scene, Del McCoury and others of the like, to form that RAIN CHECK sound.

"It is my pleasure and honor to play music with Jack, John and Flash. They are incredible musicians but even more important, incredible friends. Finally, none of this would be possible for me without the love and support I receive from my family. Thank you Mary, Cooper & Summer, Ford, Wyatt & Addison, Anna & Adam, Leah & Conrad."