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Backstage at Chillicothe 

March 24, 2018

We frequently...okay, nearly always...forget to video ourselves when we perform or practice. However, we did manage to get footage of these two songs before our gospel show in Chillicothe, MO. It's unclear exactly what's going on in the background, but we think our giant, new friend back there approves.

It's Been Fun, June!  

Saturday, July 15, 2017

We were so busy in June, we didn't take time to update the blog. So here's a look back at what we were up to last month.

First up, Saturday June 10th, was one of our favorite Springfield MO area festivals, Pickin' in the Park at Walnut Grove, MO.

Later that afternoon, we were in Billings, MO for a show in the barn at Mooneyham Junction where the Mooneyham family has hosted Bluegrass & Country Music shows since the 1960's. 

We send our thanks to Ron's wife, Mary Pennington, for these photos. Thanks also to Eric Coones from Brightwater Junction for the following videos from last night's show: 

You'll Get No More of Me 

and Colder and Colder.

Later in June, we returned to Chillicothe, MO for the city's annual Sliced Bread Jam Bluegrass Festival. We have played this festival before and are always pleased to be asked back. 

In addition to our stage shows that weekend, Saturday morning before the festival, we participated in a Bluegrass jam at the farmer's market in downtown Chillcothe. Here are Rob, Ron, and David along with Emalee Flatness and many of our friends from other Missouri bands with Dark HollowThank you for sharing this, Rob and Renee Flatness!

Coming up Saturday, July 29th, we'll be in Lebanon, MO for the New Horizon's Gospel Spectacular 2017! Check back in a couple weeks for more information. We hope you'll make plans to attend!

Bluegrass Karaoke at GOBS 

Friday, July 14, 2017

Lonesome Road, with our friend Andrew Morton from Casey and the Atta Boys, backed up performers last night at the Greater Ozarks Bluegrass Society's Bluegrass Karaoke. Many musicians participated including our longtime friend, Andy Dye, who sang Today Has Been a Lonesome Day. 

We also enjoyed accompanying singer and guitarist, Jim Curl, on Amie

Here's another from last night: Kelly Freeland, also with Casey and the Atta Boys, singing Blue-Eyed Boston Boy

If you are not familiar with the Greater Ozarks Bluegrass Society, it is a Springfield, MO-based non-profit promoting Bluegrass music in the Ozarks. Meetings are the 2nd Friday night of every month at River Bluff Church in Ozark, MO. Everyone is welcome to attend. If you are a musician, or you simply enjoy listening to Bluegrass, we hope you will consider attending a meeting or joining GOBS.

 

Video/Photos by Casey & Kelly Freeland

KBA Winterfest 

February 20, 2017

This past weekend, we headed to Wichita for the Kansas Bluegrass Association's annual winter festival. As always, we were greeted by the most enthusiastic audiences we could hope to meet. To celebrate the upcoming release of our new CD, "Home", we offered a preview download of one of the tracks to festival goers. We'll be sharing more about that project later this month.

On stage Saturday afternoon
 
Between shows, we led individual instrument workshops as well as a band workshop. We also had a chance to visit and pick with fellow musicians and friends like Bluegrass legend Allen Mills and mandolinist Scott Napier from Lost and Found.

Rob and Allen, talking vintage banjos
 
Ron and Scott, treating us to a mini mando concert backstage
 
Ron, David, and Scott

Shelly with Mary Bliefnik from the Hootin' Annies
 
Of course, no trip to Wichita would be complete without a lunch stop at Toot's Drive-In in Howard, KS.

You can just feel the anticipation
 
Ron and Fudge Monkey 2017...ice cream, nuts, hot fudge and lots of bananas
 
If you didn't make it to Winterfest, you're in luck. Click below for a video from our Saturday afternoon show. To see videos and pictures from all the performing bands during this year's festival, visit KBA's Facebook page.

 
 

Sliced Bread with Jam 

June 19, 2016

This weekend, we traveled to the home of sliced bread, Chillicothe, Missouri, for the Chillicothe Area Arts Council's annual Sliced Bread Jam Bluegrass Festival. We joined IIIrd Thyme Out, The Petersens, and Rural Roots for a weekend of stage shows, workshops, and jamming.


On stage Saturday afternoon


Check back next weekend for our post on the Starvy Creek Bluegrass Festival in Conway Missouri. If you're in the area, come see us!





Video credit: Gene and Viva Reasoner