|Were not much to look at... but then again bluegrass has never been about looks, just the music. Thats the difference between country/pop music and bluegrass ya know. Bluegrass peels back the onion and gets at the heart of the music.
Jay Don Johnson
|REMEMBERING GEORGE JONES
NASHVILLE George Jones passed away April 26 at the age of 81. A true country music legend, he is remembered with these loving comments:
Brother George taught us all how to sing with a broken heart. Vince Gill
George Jones was and always will be, the greatest singer of all time in country music. There wont be anyone ever [to] fill his shoes. He sang for you and me. And now hes singing in Glory for the One who created that voice. Hallelujah! Barbara Mandrell
No one made music like a man from east Texas named George Jones. Barbara Bush
George Jones was my friend. He was always there. He was this larger than life figure that I thought I would never meet, much less become friends with. And have, in a lot of ways, as a father figure in my life. Kenny Chesney
George Jones did not sing to us, he sang for us. That is the difference. Mike Huckabee
He knew about heartbreak, he knew about disappointment, he knew about betrayal. He was more than a country singer he was a country song. And it was never an easy song. Bob Schieffer
NEW DOGS OLD TRICKS
(OAK GROVE, MO) We all come from a small community south of Joplin known as Oak Grove. Not only were we born and raised here but so were our folks and their folks and so on and so forth. Stephen Johnson is the youngest member of our group. He plays the guitar and sings lead and harmony vocals. Kimberlynn Johnson is the next oldest. She thumps the bass and sings lead and harmony vocals, Daniel Shilling plays the banjo, dobro and sometimes the fiddle (he will even sing for us from time to time). David Johnson is by far the oldest. He is the dad of Kimberlynn and Stephen Johnson, plays mandolin and sings lead and harmony vocals. We love makin' music together. We aren't just friends and neighbors we are family!!
SHERMAN MOUNTAIN BOYS
(JASPER, AR) Kyle Barnard, 18, guitar; Colby Pruitt, 17, bass; Quinn Rylee, 17, mandolin; Glendon Lackey, 17, banjo..
MARK PHILLIPS & IIIRD GENERATION
(NORMAN, OK) Mark Phillips & IIIrd Generation Bluegrass Band is a talented group of award-winning musicians who perform hard-driving traditional bluegrass and bluegrass-gospel music. Young and energetic, the band consistently entertains audiences across the United States and Canada. Based out of Norman, Oklahoma, the band was formed in 1995 by Mark Phillips and his father, Wayne Phillips.
RHONDA VINCENT & THE RAGE
(QUEEN CITY, MO) There is little that can be said about Rhonda Vincent that has not already been said. Her exquisite sense of presence, vocal ability, musicianship and exceptional ability to surround herself with magnificent talent combine to qualify her as the clear leader of contemporary bluegrass music.
(BUENA VISTA, VA) Nothin' Fancy formed as a bluegrass band in September 1994 to compete in the East Coast Bluegrass Championship in Crimora, Virginia. Since their auspicious debut, they have grown in popularity, released 8 full length albums and one CD single, played the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, the Lincoln Center in New York City, the Birchmere in Alexandria VA, have hosted their own festival in Buena Vista, VA since 2001, and won SPBGMAs Entertaining Group of the Year three consecutive years (2008, 2009, 2010) in a row. Nothin' Fancy is signed to Virginia Dreams Records.
SNYDER FAMILY BAND
(LEXINGTON, NC) The Snyder Family Band of Lexington, NC, features the talents of siblings Zeb and Samantha Snyder. Their dad, Bud, backs them on upright bass. Mom, Laine, occasionally joins in with harmony vocals, and seven-year-old Owen also makes special appearances singing or playing guitar.
JAMES KING & BAND
(MARTINSVILLE, VA) James King was born Sept. 9, 1958, in Martinsville, Va., and grew up in Carroll County -- one of the most fertile breeding grounds for bluegrass and old-time musicians. James' father, Jim, and his uncle, Joe Edd, were both musicians of note. As James entered his teens, he began to take the music seriously too, particularly the music of his fellow Virginians, the Stanley Brothers.
Originally from High Lonesome, Missouri, Harold Morrison is remembered not only as a great banjo player and true comedian but a mighty fine man as well. At left, Morrison performs Bald Knob Arkansas on the Wilburn Brothers Nashville TV show, circa 1963-74.
(WICHITA, KS) Published on Jul 15, 2012 "Driven" from Wichita, KS 2nd Place 2012 National Single Microphone Championship at Silver Dollar City, Branson, MO, by D.A. Callaway.
(DRAKESVILLE, IA) Under the able leadership of bluegrass promoter Lori King, Iowa bluegrass is blossoming. A number of events are scheduled throughout Iowa. There is the First Annual Bluegrass Festival February 22-23, Ramada Tropics Resort, Des Moines. The Martins, Copper Creek, County Line Bluegrass, and Castle Ridge are scheduled to perform.
The 2012 IBMA Vocal Group of the Year Blue Highway performs at 8PM March 1 (Stoney Creek Inn in Johnston, Iowa). The Iowa Theater in Bloomfield hosts the 11th Annual Bluegrass Show on March 23 featuring Bluegrass Addiction, Jimmie Allison & Ozark Rounders, and West Connection.
The Fourth Annual BMAI Bluegrass Festival takes place October 2426 at Moravias Honey Creek Resort. Groups scheduled include Nu-Blu, The Darrell Webb Band, The Harpers, Bluegrass Addiction, Lindley Creek, Bluegrass Blondies, Highway 32 and Sycamore Ridge.
For more information, visit Iowa Bluegrass Music.com.
STEVENS FAMILY BLUEGRASS
(BERKELEY SPRINGS, WEST VIRGINA) The Stevens Family sing "Heart of a Coal Mining Man" at the spring Dixieland Music Park Bluegrass Festival in Waldo, FL on February 23, 2012. Video uploaded by Ted Lehmann. From left, Sissy (bass), Luke, Ben, and JW Stevens.
A WORD FROM JUSTIN SIFFORD:
(BRANSON WEST, MO) I was reminded this morning that 6 years ago today we lost our good friend Dave Nolan. He was one of the finest entertainers I've ever known. A lot of folks can pick, but Dave could pick just about anything, sing like Kentucky Colonel, Emcee and do comedy both on and OFF stage...and that is rare ya'll. This is the only youtube video I could find of us together at Wooley Creek a year or two before he went home, pickin' with Lonnie Hoppers, Bruce Hoffman, and the rest of The Missouri Boatride. Dave was one of kind...miss ya bass. May 22, 2013. Video at left.
GREATER OZARKS BLUEGRASS SOCIETY
(OZARK, MO) With folks like Kelly and Casey Freeland, John and Jeremy Chapman, Mark Withers and Gene Reasoner involved, the fledgling Greater Ozarks Bluegrass Society is rapidly becoming a force in the acoustic music scene. With a mission to preserve and promote bluegrass and traditional music of the Ozarks through education and exposure, the Society is responsible for a number of events every month. Check out GOBluegrass.org for more information.
BOB HAMMONS & WILDWOOD AWARD WIN
(OLDFIELD, MO) Songwriting veteran Bob Hammons, along with daughter Laura Pilant, Doug Mitcham and John Brynildson, won Bluegrass Gospel Group of the Year at SPBGMA Midwest 2013 in Jefferson City. Hammons writes, We are deeply humbled and grateful for all the support folks have shown. For more information, visit Green Valley Grass.com.
BLUEGRASS AT SILVER DOLLAR CITY
(BRANSON, MO) Missouris premier bluegrass event, the Bluegrass & BBQ Festival, runs from May 927. The Sixth Annual National Single Mic Championship takes place May 18. The KSMU Youth In Bluegrass Contest takes place May 25.
Scheduled groups for this month-long festival include New Dogs Old Tricks, Nothin Fancy, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, The Grascals, The Hillbenders, Goldwing Express, The Boxcars, Lonesome Meadow, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Missouri Boatride, The Petersens, Balsam Range, Bluegrass Martins and Kenny & Amanda Smith.
Visit Silver Dollar City.com for more information.
GOLDEN VALLEY BLUEGRASS FESTIVALS LAST YEAR
(CLINTON, MO) Sadly, this will be the last year for the Golden Valley Bluegrass Festival which takes place at Lester Fosters Music Park, May 25 just a few miles outside Clinton. Groups scheduled include Ralph Stanley II, Jim orchard & the Ozark Mountain Boys, Vern Young, Liberty Highway, the Punches Family, Southern Strangers, Spur of the Moment, The Lewiss, Potters Wheel, and Bear Creek. There is no fall festival planned.
STARVY CREEK NEWS
(CONWAY, MO) Don and Bobbie Day host two massive festivals this year. The 28th Annual Summer Festival (July 46) features Dailey & Vincent, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Tim Graves and Daryl Mosley, The Punches Family, Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice, Kody Norris & The Watauga Mountain Boys, Melvin Goins & Windy Mountain, Kenny & Amanda Smith, Larry Sparks & The Lonesome Ramblers, Dale Ann Bradley and Brett Dudenhoeffer & Young Guns.
The 22nd Annual Fall Festival (September 19-21) features The Larry Stephenson Band, Lonesome River Band, Bull Harman & Bulls Eye, The Link Family, Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, Little Roy & Lizzy, The Gibson Brothers, The Lewiss, Louisiana Grass, Bob Hammons & Wildwood, and Audie Blaylock & Redline.
For more information, visit StarvyCreek.com.
(CONWAY, MO) At lower left, Jay Don Johson sings Rose of Old Kentucky with Robby Boone of Springdale, Ar. (banjo), Rob Collins of Kansas City (mandolin), and Doug Clifton of Purdy, Mo. (bass). Founding member of the band and regular mandolin player Mike Collins was unable to attend Starvy Creek that year.
TRI-STATE BLUEGRASS ASSOCIATION
(WILLIAMSTOWN, MO) Pat Davidson of TSBA writes, Ive been busy, busy, busy working on the 33rd edition of the Bluebook, Band & Festival Guide for 2013. The 184-page book will be ready the second week of February. The book is bigger than ever.
The 10th Annual Family Spring Bluegrass Music Festival took place at Comfort Suites Hotel, Burlington, Iowa, March 2223. Bands included Goldwing Express, the Gary Waldrep Band, Tommy Brown & County Line, The Bluegrass Blondies, David Davis & The Warrior River Boys, and Phillip Steinmetz. For more festival information, call Pat at (660) 341-3762 or visit TSBA Festivals.org.
OZARK RIVERS FESTIVALS
(EMINENCE, MO) Ken Seaman, Mark Roberts and Gordon Voyles host two bluegrass festivals each year at the Nick Seaman Memorial Ozark Rivers Music Park. The June festival (June 20-22) line-up includes Ronnie Reno & The Reno Tradition, Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice, Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show, Frank Ray & Cedar Hill, Trinity River Band, Brightwater Junction, Bull Harman & Bulls Eye, Blue Steel Rail, Open Range, and Southern Raised.
The Labor Day festival (August 29 to September 1) line-up includes Marty Raybon & Full Circle, The Darrell Webb Band, Little Roy & Lizzie Show, Larry Gillis & Hard Driving Grass, The Bankesters, Southern Reign, The Bluegrass Martins, Current River Opry Reunion, Friends Pickin, Alex Riffle Band, Sycamore Ridge, Drive Tyme, and the Baker Family. For more information, call Ken Seaman at (970) 222-9439 or visit Ozark River Bluegrass.com.
BLUEGRASS BENEFIT FOR ALLEN GAGE
(ROLLA, MO.) A benefit concert scheduled on February 9, at the Rhea Saddle Club,to assist bluegrass musician Allen Gage with medical and personal expenses incurred after a recent illnes included performances by Blue Steel Rail, Jimmy Allison & Ozark Rounders, Beverlys Hillbillies, Open Range, Harold Rowden & Friends and JD Frichte & Headwater.
LEBANON LIONS CLUB BLUEGRASS
(LEBANON, MO) Chuck Dunn of the Lebanon Host Lions Club writes, This year we hosted a two-day event at the Cowan Civic Center. The gospel bluegrass concert started at 7PM Friday, March 22. The bluegrass concert began at 2PM Saturday, March 23.
Featured performers included Rodney Dillard and the Dillards (also known as the Darling Family from the Andy Griffith TV show), The Harper Family, Lonesome Road, Rural Roots and Brett Dudenhoeffer. For more information, call (417) 532-6502 or visit Lions Concerts.org.
BLUEGRASS MONDAYS IN PARAGOULD, AR
On the fourth Monday night of each month, KASU presents the "Bluegrass Monday" concert series at the Collins Theatre, 120 West Emerson Street, in downtown Paragould. Shows begin at 7PM.
The concerts feature acclaimed bluegrass musicians from across the country. Past performers include Larry Stephenson, Valerie Smith, Nothin' Fancy, Eddie & Martha Adcock, the Tennessee Mafia Jug Band, David Parmley & Continental Divide, Special Consensus, Monroe Crossing, and many more.
KASU will pass the hat, collecting money to pay the musicians. The suggested donation is $5 per person. The Bluegrass Monday concert series is made possible thanks to support from Backbeat Music, the Posey Peddler, Main Street Paragould, and the Northeast Arkansas Bluegrass Association.
June 24: The Tennessee Mafia Jug Band
July 22: The Bluegrass Martins
October 28: The Punches Family
For more information, visit KASU.org/bluegrass-monday
BLUEGRASS AT THE STAR
(WILLOW SPRINGS, MO) Highway 32 of Salem (featuring Randy and Angie Hubbs, Joe Dodson and Robbie Bryant) performs at the Star Theatre on June 1 at 7PM.
SPBGMA 2013 AWARD WINNERS, NASHVILLE
Promoter of the Year DA Callaway from Silver Dollar City
Radio Station of the Year Sirius-XM Bluegrass Junction
DJ of the Year Kyle Cantrell, Sirius-XM
Songwriter of the Year Tom T. and Dixie Hall
Album of the Year The Heart Of A Song, Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice
Bass Player of the Year Mickey Harris
Dobro Player of the Year Tim Graves
Guitar Player of the Year Josh Williams
Mandolin Player of the Year Doyle Lawson
Banjo Player of the Year J.D. Crowe
Fiddle Player of the Year Hunter Berry
Female Vocalist of the Year (Contemporary) Rhonda Vincent
Female Vocalist of the Year (Traditional) Jeanette Williams
Male Vocalist of the Year (Contemporary) Junior Sisk
Male Vocalist of the Year (Traditional) James King
Gospel Group of the Year (Contemporary) Dailey & Vincent
Gospel Group of the Year (Traditional) Paul Williams & Victory Trio
Bluegrass Band of the Year (Overall) -Dailey & Vincent
Vocal Group of the Year -Dailey & Vincent
Instrumental Group of the Year The Grascals
Entertaining Group of the Year Nothin Fancy
Entertainer of the Year Rhonda Vincent
Song of the Year A Far Cry From Lester And Earl, Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice
AREA BLUEGRASS HAPPENINGS
W.P. Music & HOBA sponsored acoustic jam every Friday evening at 7 p.m. on the square. Contact Gary Due or Doug Spratley 417-256-2216.
Starr Theater, 2nd Saturday of the month, Willow Springs, MO bluegrass music show.
George D. Hay Foundation, Mammoth Spring, AR. 417-264-7015 Bob Ross, Saturday night bluegrass and country music.
Ozark Mtn. Jamboree - Willow Springs, MO. Every Friday night, featuring country & bluegrass music. Charge at the door. Four miles east of Willow Springs on Highway 60.
Free & open to the public. First Saturday of each month, bluegrass and country music at the Caulfield Community Center.
Community Pickin Circle - West Plains Senior Center, 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday evening. For more information, contact George Spence 417-256-3530.
Athel Jackson's Barn - Rockbridge, Missouri, 6PM (Fridays), potluck dinner with $2 donation. Call Athel Jackson for directions at (417) 683-5184.
Summersville VFW Hall, Saturday nights during the summer, bluegrass, country and gospel music.
Potluck Jam Session at Vanzant Community Center every Thursday evening.
Ava Family Theater - Free music every Thursday evening. They have lots of different kinds of music, but feature a lot of area bluegrass bands. For more information, call them at 417-683-5048.
Second Saturday of each month at the Hallsville Community Building. 4 p.m.: Instrumental jam sessions; square dance instruction will be available. 6PM Potluck supper, 7-10:30PM dance. Very informal; All ages welcome; Donations welcome. No smoking in the building. No alcohol allowed. Contact John White at 573-696-3776.
For more information about HOBA, visit HOBA Bluegrass.wix.com.
|THE BLUEGRASS COURIER, VOLUME 33, ISSUE 1
(COURTESY OF TERESA ROMANS)
God bless our country, our troops and our bluegrass
The purpose of the Heart of the Ozarks Bluegrass Association is to further the education and the enjoyment of bluegrass music, to bring together bluegrass musicians, to conduct bluegrass shows open to the public, to inform the members via a newsletter. HOBA are a not-for-profit association.
Hello welcome to the April issue of the Bluegrass Courier. I thought surely Spring was here, but I think she put her foot in the water and thought it was just a little too cold to jump in. Personally, Im ready for Spring to come on out and stay. I hope all had a wonderful Easter. It turned out to be a good day for church, egg hunts and family get-togethers. Speaking of get-togethers, dont forget our upcoming Gospel show and fish fry in May. Its a fun evening of great food and wonderful music. We encourage you to come out and support HOBA and the bands that will be performing. You all have a great rest of the month and get out and enjoy a little picking and grinning somewhere.
FISH FRY & GOSPEL SHOW MAY 18
HOBAs 3rd annual gospel show and fish fry will be held at HOBA park on Saturday evening, May 18th. Bands featured will be Cash & Moore (bluegrass), The Rice Trio (southern), and Dan Duncan & the 38 Special Band (country). Meal starts at 5:30. If you dont like fish, well find something else for you. Music begins at 7:00 p.m. Adult meal is $5.00. Adult show is $5.00 Kids 12 and under get in free to the show. Kids meals are $3.00. Come enjoy a great evening of bluegrass, country and southern gospel music and a fine fish meal. Dont forget your lawn chairs.
HOBAS JUNE 6-8 BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL LINE-UP:
Dwight Murdy Band, The Eldringhoffs, Red Bridge, Ozark Mountain Grass, Highway 32
NATIONAL BLUEGRASS NEWS (cybergrass.com)
Mountain Fever Records is proud to release the debut of Hammertownes new self-titled album today. Hammertowne is a five-man group that originates in the cradle of bluegrass music of the Eastern Kentucky foothills. This inaugural effort features original band tunes, two originals by talented young songwriter, (our very own Gainesville, MO boy) Kyle Burnett and three traditional songs.
Michael Cleveland, the International Bluegrass Music Association's 9-Time Fiddle Player of the Year, is embarking on a new venture and is now offering fiddle lessons for intermediate and advanced players. The master musician will be teaching via Skype, which is a free video calling application.
The newest addition to the Darin and Brooke Aldridge band family is Romy Elizabeth Haley, born March 1, 2013 weighing in at 7 lb. 6 oz. and measuring 20.75 inches long.
Jim VanCleve, founding member of Mountain Heart (fiddle) contracted Dengue Fever from mosquito bites he got from a recent picking trip to St. Croix and his body is over worked and not fighting the illness properly. Since returning he suffered extremely high fever (105), severe headaches and body pain in his muscles and joints and a terrible rash over his upper body, all associated with this tropical disease. He was hospitalized for over a week, but has since been released to recover at home. He is still having some concerns with his liver, but is expected to make a full recovery.
Acclaimed bluegrass group Dailey & Vincent will release their sixth studio album, Brothers Of The Highway, on May 7, 2013.
Dove nominated bluegrass gospel group, The Churchmen, are joining forces with Virginia based Mountain Fever Records on their spring release Mercy Road, the inaugural venture for the band on the label.
Andy Dye (former bassist for the Gillis Brothers, Midnight Flight and numerous other bluegrass bands) recently had a major life-threatening event. He has had considerable health problems over the last few years and he recently underwent emergency amputation of his left leg due to gangrene. He is currently undergoing therapy and hopes to build up his strength and eventually get a prosthesis. He is currently in Missouri Baptist Hospital in St. Louis in room 1457 in the physical therapy wing. He will be there approximately another two weeks. We wish Andy the best and a speedy recovery
AREA BLUEGRASS RADIO
BASS Country 92.9
Mark Withers and Gene Reasoner, Sunday mornings for 2 hours. www.markandgene.com or www.basscountry.fm
KSMU 91.1 FM
Springfield, MO - Seldom Heard Music, Mike Smith, Saturday night frm 7 - 9 p.m., with repeaters in Mtn. Grove 88.1, Joplin 98.9, Neosho, 103.7, KSMS Branson 90.5 and KSMW West Plains 90.9
KUMR 88.5 FM
University of MO - Rolla, Wayne Bledsoe, Saturday night 6 - 9 p.m.
KASU 91.9 FM
Jonesboro, Ark - Arkansas State University, Saturday and Sunday 12 noon.