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Bluegrass Music is alive in Iowa!!

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Newly formed bluegrass band Lori King & Junction 63 from Drakesville will headline the 12th Annual Bluegrass Show, scheduled for Saturday, March 22nd at the Iowa Theater in Bloomfield. Lori King & Junction 63 is based out of Southern Iowa and Missouri. However, Lori and Joe King are no strangers to the Bluegrass stage. After long discussions the duo decided to dissolve their previous band Bluegrass Addiction and focus on more original material, in addition to the songs their audiences have grown to love. Lori King and Junction 63 debuted their new group in February 2014. The band consists of Lori King on Upright Bass and singing Lead and harmony vocals. On guitar, band partner and husband Joe King also singing lead and harmony vocals. Joe and Lori reside in Drakesville Iowa and have been performing on stage for over 20 years. Kevin Amburgey lives in Ashland, MO. He recently moved from Kentucky with his wife and kids to start a Baptist Church and is a stellar mandolinist, singer, and guitar player. He sings lead and harmony vocals. Adam Smith lives near the St. Louis area with his wife and son and plays banjo for the band. Lori and the guys are looking forward to this new venture and are currently booking dates for 2014 and 2015. Find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/junction63band or http://www.junction63.com

BSR newAlso appearing will be Blue Steel Rail and County Line Bluegrass. Blue Steel Rail hails from O’Fallon, MO, just west of St. Louis. Bryan and Joanna Dietz, a husband and wife team, started BSR in 2010 and have continued to promote and play gospel and bluegrass all around the Midwest with a musical emphasis on traditional bluegrass and gospel music. Blue Steel Rail consists of Bryan Dietz on Guitar and vocals, Joanna Dietz on Mandolin and vocals, Jim Potter on upright Bass, Thomas Sitze on Banjo, Larry Daniels on Guitar and vocals and Randi King on Fiddle. You can find more information about Blue Steel Rail at http://www.BlueSteelRail.com, or http://www.facebook.com/BlueSteelRail. Contact us by email at Bryan@bluesteelrail.com or by phone at 636.734.9017.

County Line 2013County Line is a Bluegrass band from various parts of Marshall County in beautiful central Iowa. These longtime friends really enjoy playing traditional bluegrass and gospel music. Members include: Rex Gunderson – Guitar, Fiddle, & Vocals. Rex grew up in and around the town of Conrad Iowa. He started playing music in high school, after getting a guitar. He came across bluegrass in the mid-1980’s, taking a special interest the fiddle. Cheryl Gunderson – Bass & Vocals. Cheryl’s love of music goes back as far as she can remember. In high school she was in band and chorus, and participated in many small groups. Because Cheryl spends a good amount of time with Rex, she was been exposed to bluegrass music. She started playing bass, specializing in her solid rhythm and sweet harmonies. Steve Anderson – Mandolin & Vocals. Steve moved to Iowa in the mid-1970s, found a mandolin in a store window over in Council Bluffs, and things have never been the same since. Steve started out jamming around tropical southern Minnesota. Steve is very thankful for all the musical memories that have been made over the years – bluegrass people are good people. Fred Buck – Banjo, Dobro, & Vocals. Born and raised on a farm west of Grinnell, Fred has been playing bluegrass since the 30’s (since he was 30, that is). He has played in several bluegrass bands. Fred builds and repairs instruments and teaches in several locations. Fred has always thought bluegrass was a participant sport and the best people in the world are involved in it. Julie Buck – Guitar & Vocals. Julie grew up in Wyoming listening to rock & roll as well as grandpa playing polkas on his button box accordion. Fred introduced Julie to bluegrass and taught her to play guitar. She loves Laurie Lewis, IIIrd Tyme Out and Dailey and Vincent. You can visit their website at http://www.countylinebg.com.

Four youth from the Davis County area will also perform: Clayton Thompson, Dayton Rysdam, Hayden Watson, and Lane Johnson. The lineup promises a full evening of toe-tapping, soul-stirring music. Doors will open at 6 p.m. for the 7 p.m. start time. Tickets are available now online at http://www.iowabluegrassmusic.com, by calling 641-799-1442 or at the door. Show prices are $12 for adults, $6 for children 6-16, and free for children five and under.

Prior to the event patrons will also have the chance to enjoy a jam session in the Kay Burchett Center from 2-5 pm adjacent to the theater. Everyone is welcome and no admission is charged for the jam session. Musicians are encouraged to bring an acoustic instrument and join in. Chairs will be available for the listeners. Please bring finger foods to share during the jam. In addition, BMAI is asking that you bring a non-perishable food item that will be donated to the Davis County Food Pantry. You may call Lori King at 641-799-1442 for more information.

In the unlikely event of inclement weather, patrons are encouraged to call ahead at 641-799-1442, the theater at 641-664-9588, or tune in to KIIC 96.7 FM for updated information.

The Iowa Theater is located at 107 S. Washington Street, Bloomfield, Iowa.

For more information, call Lori King at 641-799-1442 or go online at http://www.iowabluegrassmusic.com or http://www.junction63.com .

The 12th Annual Bluegrass Show is sponsored by the Bluegrass Music Association of Iowa, Central Iowa Tourism, and area businesses. BMAI is 501c(3) non-profit organization.

More upcoming BMAI Events:

* Sunday March 16th 2-4 PM Simpson Barn Jam in Johnston (FREE, Donation is requested)

* March 29- Jam Session with West Connection at the Winterset Stage in Winterset (Free, Donation is requested)

* April 11 & 12- Bluegrass Goes Pink Festival with Highway Home, Castle Ridge, Blue Wolf, The Baker Family, and the BMAI Bluegrass Band in Iowa City (Tickets now available) Room Reservations can be made by calling 319-354-2000. Don’t forget to ask for the Bluegrass Rate!! This hotel stay includes a FREE breakfast!!*

* April 26- Joe Mullins Concert Paton, Iowa (Tickets and Meal Option now available) This is a rare opportunity to catch this National Touring Band Coming through the Midwest!! Joe and the Radio Ramblers are a fantastic, traditional Bluegrass Group. You will not want to miss this concert!!

* May 3- Showcase of Bands and Jam Session with Bartons Hollow, Milltown, and Truckstop Souvenier at Fairfield Middle School 5-8PM (Free, Donation is requested)

* July 19- Picnic and Jam Session Crown Point in Johnston (Free, Donation is requested)

More information can be found on our website at http://www.iowabluegrassmusic.com

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BMAI on the Road

Well we have made our first attempt at putting together a short video regarding travels with BMAI Executive Director Lori King and husband and BMAI Vice President Joe King. This is called BMAI on the Road. Our hope is that you will get a brief overview or idea of what we are doing when we are traveling to events, meeting other artists, and various information regarding BMAI and bluegrass in Iowa. Some of our travels take us to other states across the U.S. You can watch our video on youtube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IO5C6pUsHks&feature=share&list=UU2go9HeiZVhk3FbYHhPeReQ. Please let us know what you think.

If you haven’t already done so and are on Facebook please go and Like our page at: https://www.facebook.com/BluegrassMusicAssociationofIowa

Also, if you would like to volunteer for any of our events, make a donation, or have any questions or comments please don’t hesitate to contact us at iowabluegrassmusic@gmail.com or visit the website at www.iowabluegrassmusic.com

Listen to my Iowa Radio Show and Internet shows

Tune me in on Sunday mornings K-107.9 and KG98  8am to 10am central time.  I will be playing music of the Bluegrass Martins, Copper Creek, Castle Ridge so you can hear what you will be seeing live at the 1st Annual BMAI Bluegrass Festival at the Ramada  Tropics Resort in Des Moines Feb 22 and 23. Just in case you haven’t heard any of them before.   If you don’s catch those shows or out of the listening area tune in at www.wowonline.com as they are re-aired Sunday nights 8pm to 10pm central.  I will also be Interviewing the member’s of the Martin family some time between now and then.

For those of you who listen to music on the Internet be sure to tune me in at www.worldwidebluegrass.com through out the week also as I will be play those bands  through the Holidays into march.

National Touring Band  “Blue Highway”  to appear at the Stoney Creek  Inn in Johnston March 1 2013  I will  be playing a lot of their music between now and then on my local land Radio shows and on the Internet in case you may want to hear what you will be seeing live at this super show too.

4th Annual BMAI Honey Creek Resort Festival announces dates and bands…

BMAI would like to announce the bands that have been lined up to perform at the festival on October 24, 25, & 26, 2013.  New this year is another day of music for the event.  The 2013 festival will kick off on Thursday evening with a gospel show with performances by the Bluegrass Blondies, Lindley Creek, and Sycamore Ridge.  On Friday The Harpers will host a “Play It Forward” presentation with the playing of the “Fanning the Fire” DVD, question and answer session, music performance, and workshops.  We will be inviting area school districts to participate and this is open to the public.  On Friday afternoon we will have workshops and a “Free” mini concert for anyone wishing to attend.  More details for all of this will be announced at a later date.
The weekend bands will be National Touring Groups..Rounder Recording Artist Darrell Webb Band and Pinecastle Records Nu Blu.  Also scheduled to return for 2013 are SPBGMA’s Band Competition 2010 winners The Harpers and host band Bluegrass Addiction.  BMAI will be bringing a new group to the area from Salem, MO Highway 32 Band.  Please stay tuned and check out our website and follow our blog to keep up to date on new information.



At the 18-year mark, Blue Highway is indisputably one of the most esteemed and influential groups in contemporary bluegrass. The band’s nine exceptional albums and compelling live performances give proof to the stellar reviews, Grammy nominations, and numerous awards earned by the band since it first took the stage on December 31, 1994, with the same musicians that comprise Blue Highway today.

With a deep bench of virtuosic songwriters, vocalists and instrumentalists, Blue Highway’s hallmark is an unwavering commitment to the ensemble, the “democracy of the band” that makes Blue Highway a powerhouse.

Individually, Jason Burleson (banjo, guitar, mandolin), Rob Ickes (Dobro), Shawn Lane (mandolin, fiddle, vocals), Tim Stafford (guitar, vocals), and Wayne Taylor (bass, vocals) are masters of their respective roles. Together, in Stafford’s words, they are “a democracy in the best sense of the word”: five gifted artists selflessly merging their talents into a seamlessly brilliant group sound. As a result, the band moves from strength to strength, more mature and impressive with each new album.

Blue Highway has five gifted writers in its ranks. Rob and Jason turn out the heart-pounding instrumentals, while Shawn, Tim and Wayne give Blue Highway a depth of songwriting talent unprecedented in sixty years of bluegrass bands.

With ten highly-acclaimed albums to its credit, Blue Highway has garnered two Grammy nominations, a Dove Award, topped the Bluegrass Unlimited radio charts, and won numerous International Bluegrass Music Association awards. Refusing to coast on past glories, Blue Highway continues to push its music to new levels of accomplishment. Artfully balanced between tradition and innovation, it remains in the forefront of contemporary bluegrass music.


IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) Awards

•Song of the Year (2008-Through the Window of a Train)

•Gospel Recording of the Year (2004-Wondrous Love; 1997-God Moves in a Windstorm)

•Emerging Artist of the Year (1996)

•IBMA Album of the Year Award (1996-It’s a Long, Long Road; 2006, Celebration of Life: Musicians Against Childhood Cancer)

•Dobro Player of the Year (Rob Ickes) (2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2004, 2003, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996)

Dove Award

•Best Bluegrass Album (2004-Wondrous Love)

Grammy Nominations

•Best Bluegrass Album (2005-Marbletown)

•Best Southern, Country or Bluegrass Gospel Album (2004-Wondrous Love)


•Gospel Group of the Year (Overall) (2005)

•Instrumental Group of the Year (2003)

•Dobro Performer of the Year (Rob Ickes) (2003)

•Bass Performer of the Year (Wayne Taylor) (2001)

•Guitar Performer of the Year (Tim Stafford) (2001)

TICKETS CAN BE PURCHASED ONLINE AT www.iowabluegrassmusic.com or by calling 641-799-1442.  Email: iowabluegrassmusic@gmail.com