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May Adventures 

A few pics from our May travels:

One of the highlights of our year, Silver Dollar City's Bluegrass & BBQ, Branson MO, May 15-16th.

 

Then, May 25-26th, The Back Forty Festival in Curryville, MO. What a beautiful park and a fantastic festival. The Turnbull Family are the consummate hosts to both their visiting bands and festival-goers.

We're taking a break in June and July to work on upcoming projects. We'll see you in August where we'll be performing in Republic MO, Eureka Springs AR, and Harrison AR!

 

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.

On the Front Porch 

Nov. 16, 2017

We made our first appearance at The Front Porch Theater in Alma, AR Saturday night. It was like going back in time, playing on the nostalgic front-porch-themed stage.

Such an intimate setting puts everyone at ease.

Ron's wife, Mary, was there with us taking pictures. Here are a few of her images from Saturday's show.



After the show, we added our autographs to those on the backstage wall.

We had a great time. We send our thanks to Bill Rogers and everyone at The Front Porch Theater for their warm hospitality and to Mary Pennington for these great pictures.

Our next show will be January 12-13 at the 44th Annual SPBGMA Bluegrass Music Awards in Jefferson City, MO. We hope you make plans to be there!

 

Sing, Sing, Sing! 

Monday, July 31, 2017

We were surrounded by talented singers and performers Saturday night at the New Horizon's Gospel Spectacular in Lebanon, MO. Here we are, backstage, getting ready for our first set.

 

Our next show is Saturday, September 23 at the annual bluegrass festival in Carl Junction, MO. Then later that evening, we'll be in Willard MO at the Willard Children's Charitable Fund Benefit. We'll post more information about these events in the coming weeks.

To see our entire schedule for 2017, visit our appearances page.

 

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!

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.

 
 

Music in the Barn 


Thank you, Bill Johnson, and everyone at Music in the Barn in Dixon, MO for welcoming us to the stage Saturday night. We even had the opportunity to hang out with one of our favorite banjo players, Janice Martin of The Bluegrass Martins, and meet her dear friend, Country Music legend, Ms. Leona Williams.

If you haven't been to one of the concerts at this beautiful venue, home of The Baker Band, please make plans to go! 
 

Saturday, January 14th Show Rescheduled 


Due to icy weather, tonight's concert at Music in the Barn in Dixon, Missouri has been rescheduled for next Saturday, January 21st. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. Music will start at 7:00 p.m. We hope you'll make plan to join us!

For more updates on upcoming shows, like us on Facebook or join our email list to get the latest news.

All the Time 

We stopped by Janet Davis Music recently on our way to the recording studio. While at the store, we played this new Irl Hees song, All the Time, for the JDM staff.  This is one of the tunes that will be on our upcoming CD project titled Home.


The Heart of the Ozarks 


September 27, 2014 -- This weekend, we performed at the Heart of the Ozarks Bluegrass Association's (HOBA's) Fall Bluegrass Festival in West Plains, MO.
 
 
On stage Friday night.
 
  







Jamming after the show





 


More jamming
 







Saturday morning, we visited
Mammoth Spring State Park,
30 minutes south of the festival.

9 million gallons of water per hour
flow from the spring and over this dam
to create the headwaters of the Spring River.







 
By the Spring River,
just below the dam

 









We also toured this restored 1886 Frisco Railroad depot,
located near Mammoth Spring. 

With so much history and natural beauty, it's easy to see
why some call this area The Heart of the Ozarks.