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Kansas Bluegrass Association Newsletter featuring FiddleStar Adult Camp

One of our campers - Janet Rhoads - wrote a very glowing article about her time at FiddleStar Adult Camp 2013. We're grateful and blushing. We'd like you to read it...

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Kansas Bluegrass Association Newsletter featuring FiddleStar Adult Camp

  1. 1. Founded 1971 KANSAS BLUEGRASS ASSOCIATION JUNE 2013VOLUME 43, ISSUE 6 THE BLUEGRASS BROADCAST DRIVEN AND TREBLEMAKERS AT SILVER DOLLAR CITY BY KARLA CAMPBELL AND ANGIE RUBLE Bluegrass fans at Silver Dollar City got a great dose of Kansas bluegrass two weekends in a row. The Bar -B-Que & Bluegrass Festival kicked off right, with Driven at the Gazebo stage for the first weekend, May 11-13. Band members Blake McLemore, Jake & Rebekah Workman, Jimmy Campbell and Brandon McLemore posed for a photo in front of their sign, just to prove it really happened! They had a busy schedule with their first performance at 8:50 in the morning each day as a prelude to the official flag rais- ing ceremony held each morning at the main en- trance of the park. The group played 4 shows each day, and had time between shows to do what all young bands love to do at Silver Dollar City . . .ride the roller coasters and eat home made ice cream. They were honored to have Rhonda Vincent and her parents,Johnny and Carolyn Vincent, attend a Saturday morning show. Driven will be playing the Vincent's Sally Mountain Park festival July 5-8. Sat- urday evening, the band welcomed Darrell Webb to their cabin for an impromptu jam. Darrell was play- ing with legendary singer James King and the two bands happened to be staying in the same re- sort. Sunday evening, Driven rehearsed the 12 origi- nal songs they're recording on their new CD which they hope to have ready for their appearance at the Walnut Valley Festival in September. After months of practice, The Treblemakers loaded up in a 15 passenger van and took off on a road trip to Branson, Missouri to compete in the National Sin- gle Mic Competition at Silver Dollar City on Friday, May 17th . Twenty-two bands from 11 states com- peted in the fray on Saturday. In order to compete, each band had to play a set limited to six minutes in each round. The kids played Slewfoot (sung by Alyssa Carlson) and Angeline the Baker in the first round and Bugle Call Rag, Hey, Good Lookin’ (sung by Caitlyn Carlson) and Freeborn Man (sung by Dawson Tarrant) in the second. Bands were judged on timing, tuning, professionalism, degree of difficulty, crowd response (Continued on page 3) Above are: Blake McLemore, Jake & Rebekah Work- man, Jimmy Campbell and Brandon McLemore.
  2. 2. PAGE 2THE BLUEGRASS BROADCAST President Kerry Harrison Vice President Mike Whitman Secretary Retta Harrison Treasurer Amydell Burns Board At Large Don Alvord Dan Bruce Duane Burns Karla Campbell Mindy Pribbernow Eaton Bruce Johnson Janet Rhoads Kathy Tidwell KBA Board Condolences The entire KBA family offers condolences to Delbert Reser and family on the passing of Mae Reser on May 14th. Her services were held on Saturday, May 18th. Delbert wrote the following to be shared with our KBA members. I, and my family, are so appreciative of all the thoughts and prayers that were offered during Mae’s long illness. We were overwhelmed so see so many bluegrass friends at the visitation and Saturday morn- ing’s service. Mere words cannot express our thanks for your support and kindness, especially during her final weeks. Many memories were made that I will remember and cherish forever. Thanks to all. Delbert Reser PICK ONE DAY, OR PICK ‘EM ALL Don’’t miss the 38th annual Pioneer Ag Expo National Old-Time ACOUSTIC COUNTRY-BLUEGRASS-FOLK MUSIC FESTIVAL & CONTEST AUGUST 26—SEPTEMBER 1, 2013 Plymouth Cty. Fairgrounds, LeMars, Iowa Ten huge stages + Jamming Celebrities all week + 650 performers 300 RV camper electric hook-ups 7 days—10am to midnight on ten stages all week A celebration of America’s Musical Heritage—712-762-4363
  3. 3. PAGE 3THE BLUEGRASS BROADCAST and the like. The Treblemakers drew spot 17 for the morning round and 20 in the after- noon. Directed by Jimmy Campbell and Karla (via text messages) they dressed to the nines and spent their time waiting by practicing, jamming with new friends, and pining for rides on roller coasters and ice cream. The competition was stiff and they played their hearts out, leaving it all on stage. The crowd’s favorite was Angeline the Baker. It must have been the rock-n- roll moves the kids added for a little humor. In the end, the Treblemakers didn’t place in the top six (whose scores were very close), but received some nice feedback from employees and fans at Silver Dollar City and some talk of pos- sible gig offers. The kids handled themselves well and were gracious in not placing. The rest of the weekend was filled with card games, singing for ice cream, stay- ing up too late, and riding every ride possible and eating God only knows how much. Despite what their name might imply, they represented the KBA very well. You should be proud. Of course trips like this don’t just happen without a lot of support and planning. The kids and their parents would like to thank the following people who made it happen: the KBA for the opportunity to play in a band, Damn Music in Wichita for donating instruments to raffle off, fans for buying raffle tickets and encouraging words and support, Dan and Colleen Bruce for the use of their pickin’ shed and hospitality, Jimmy and Karla Campbell for all their time, talent, food and home shared, and Mark Johnson for his wonderful teaching on how to wow the crowd and work a single mic. ♪ (Continued from page 1) SILVER DOLLAR CITY The KBA Treblemakers include: Mason Ruble age 10, Caitlyn Carl- son 16, Dawson Tarrant 14, Alyssa Carlson 15, and Wayne Ruble 13. CLASSIFIED ADS Banjo Instruction Call Steven“Doc”Bailey 316-200-7709 JOYFUL NOISE STRING MUSIC ACADEMY TAMMY THIMESCH VIOLIN INSTRUCTOR 218 N. MAIN PRATT, KS 620-770-2135
  4. 4. PAGE 4THE BLUEGRASS BROADCAST MAY PICIN’ PICNIC RECAP BY BRUCE JOHNSON The Council Grove pickin' picnic was well attended again this year. When I arrived Thursday afternoon I found several folks already there making the best of the local attractions – a few of our campers arrived as early as Tuesday. Some of the activities enjoyed over the weekend, besides the music, included bicycling, kayak- ing, and bird watching. Several groups went into Council Grove on Thursday and/or Friday evening to eat at the Hays House. This is a historic restaurant that dates back to 1857 and sits today in the same location it was back then. I ate there on Thursday evening and the food did not disappoint; I can recommend the brisket. Later Thursday we caught a jam near Larry Welsh's camper which started the beginning of a full weekend of jams. There was nearly always a jam to drop in on from afternoon on for the rest of the weekend. Several folks attending were from the Manhattan/Topeka area. I joined the jam at Jim and Leslie Campbell's camper for a while and had a good visit with them. I see a lot of these folks at Flag camp during the Winfield Wal- nut Valley festival and they always have a good jam. Ronnie and Cindy Kendall, Renee Eberlee, and Kathy Tidwell invited me to go along on a bike ride up the "rails to trails" path Friday morning. The trail starts in Council Grove and you ride until you get tired and come back. We all had a great time and saw some great Flint Hills scenery. I also learned all these trails have no more than a 5% grade because the old trains couldn't climb any more. That works out pretty well for a nov- ice bike rider like myself. The trail was mostly smooth packed gravel that was easy to ride on. Friday evening brought another fine meal for about a dozen of us at Hays House. Several campers drove to Mae Reser’s fu- neral Saturday morning in Newton. Deep- est sympathy goes to Delbert and family from all his fellow pickers. I counted 37 at the potluck Saturday night and Kathy Tidwell estimated we had about (Continued on page 5) Above: Bikers include Ronnie and Cindy Kendall, Kathy Tidwell, and Renee Eberlee. Right: Musicians include Jim Campbell, Brent Hrabik, Karen Brosius, and Tom Brosius.
  5. 5. PAGE 5THE BLUEGRASS BROADCAST MAY PICIN’ PICNIC RECAP 50 campers attending for the week- end. That is a good turnout considering the number of school graduations that happen on that third weekend of May. So much food! Then, Michelle Yoder lead a small group in a gospel sing at their camper Sunday morning. It made a nice ending of the weekend for me. There was only one small thunder- storm Saturday night. Kenny and Tena Lungren braved the storm in their tent. The weather otherwise was very nice. If you haven’t made a campout yet, there are several more scheduled for this sum- mer. Check the Pickin’ Picnic schedule found on page 6 of this newsletter. ♪ (Continued from page 4) At right campers attending the pot- luck on Saturday evening — Tena Lun- gren, Jeff and Crystal Elliott, Nancy, Larry, and Lareen Welch. This afternoon jam included Renee Eberly, Ronnie Kendall, Jerry and Lynn Moulton, Larry Welch and Jeff Elliott.
  6. 6. PAGE 6THE BLUEGRASS BROADCAST Come join us for pickin’, listening, and camping. Potluck dinner 6 p.m. Saturday at all picnics. Day visitors—no park charges. UPCOMING 2013 KBA PICKIN’ PICNICS Dates Location June 14—16 John Redmond Reservoir, Riverside East campground, spaces 1-28. Camping reservations toll-free 877-444-6777 or June 21—23 Kanopolis Reservoir, 30 miles southwest of Salina. Riverside campground. Camping reservations toll-free 877-444-6777 or July 19—21 Marion Reservoir, Cottonwood Point. Preferred sites are 63— 78. Camping reservations toll-free 877-444-6777 or More site information as it becomes available. August 16—18 Spring Lake near Halstead, Ks. Special “Gospel” show Satur- day evening presented by KBA members (sign-up). Camping reservations toll-free at 866-935-3443 or September No picnic due to Walnut Valley Festival. October 18—20 Winfield Fairgrounds, Winfield, KS. Campers park and pay at onsite drop box. 2013 SATURDAY JAMS 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. every 1st and 3rd Saturday at Immanuel Baptist Church, 1415 S. Topeka, Wichita. May 4 & 18 September 7 & 21 June 1 & 15 October 5 & 19 July 6 & 20 November 2 & 16 August 3 & 17 December 7 & 21
  7. 7. PAGE 7THE BLUEGRASS BROADCAST I recently returned from the most memorable music experience I’ve ever had. I attended fiddle camp in Nashville, Tennessee for four days over Memorial Day weekend. This fiddle camp was put on by Megan Lynch, a six time national fiddle champion, touring musician and outstanding fiddle teacher who makes her living now teaching fiddle in the Nashville area. This fiddle camp was for adults only and limited to 15 students. Therefore, we got lots of individual attention from the instructors and didn’t have to worry about being upstaged by some hotshot 11-year-old. The stu- dents attending were from all over the country, includ- ing two from Canada and one from the Cayman Islands. Our skill levels were quite varied but everyone was there to learn and open to putting themselves out there to learn new things. Our instructors were amazing. Besides each one being a top notch fiddle player, they were first and foremost teachers and truly interested in helping us improve our skills. Besides Megan, the other instructors included Jim VanCleve (fiddler for Mountain Heart), Deanie Richardson (toured with Patty Loveless, Vince Gill, and currently with The Chieftains), and Hoot Hester (part of the Grand Old Opry staff band and worked with Earl Scruggs until his death). Each day was filled with small group sessions on differ- ent fiddling aspects, including : learning fills and play- ing back-up, different fiddle styles such as western MY FIDDLE CAMP WEEKEND BY JANET RHOADS swing and Irish, learning the fiddle capo technique, har- mony singing, twin fiddling, learning new fiddle tunes, and working on chops and vibrato. Thank goodness I had my iPad to record most of the sessions because there was so much great information shared with us, it will take me months to go over it all again to try to fully absorb it. The evening of our first day of camp we went to The Violin Shop, a favorite destination for most Nashville musicians to get their fiddles worked on or to purchase new instruments. They opened the shop to us after (Continued on page 8) Janet Rhoads and Megan Lynch The Violin Shop concert with Megan Lynch; Megan’s husband, Adam Chowning; Deanie Richardson; Jim VanCleve; and Violin Shop owner, Fred Carpenter.
  8. 8. PAGE 8THE BLUEGRASS BROADCAST hours and we had a chance for their luthiers to check out our instruments and buy new bows, fiddles, or other equipment. By the way, they have great prices and very skilled luthiers, so I highly recommend stop- ping in if you are ever in Nashville. After our shop- ping spree, our instructors put on a fiddle tune con- cert and they were joined by The Violin Shop staff, who are performing artists in their own right. It was an evening of jaw-dropping fiddle music that I will never forget. The second evening of camp, we had planned to stay at the house after dinner for a jam amongst ourselves and that did happen. However, David Grier, who is a friend of Megan and her family, came over for dinner and late in the evening he and Megan started playing tunes together that ended up in a two to three hour concert. If you don’t recognize his name, David is considered to be one of the premier flatpicking gui- tarists in the world. He has been named "Guitar Player of the Year" by the IBMA three times. Need- less to say, this was another, almost unbelievable, music experience. Our last night of camp was also memorable because we got to go to The Station Inn and we heard the Tina Adair Band. One thing that made this especially fun was that the banjo player in this band, Sim Daley, is married to the woman who was our cook during camp. And, be- sides being our camp cook, Missy Daley is also a fiddle player in a band and has just put out a CD. It seems eve- ryone in Nashville is a musician. To sum up my fiddle camp experience, I knew before I went that I was destined to have a good time; I just never imagined that it would be half the musical experience it turned out to be. I can’t wait until next year. ♪ (Continued from page 7) Deanie Richardson and Hoot Hester teaching a session on western swing. FIDDLE CAMP Our house concert with David Grier. Left to right are David, Adam Chowning, and Megan Lynch.
  9. 9. PAGE 9THE BLUEGRASS BROADCAST The Kansas Bluegrass Association cannot guarantee or be responsible for the type of shows or festivals listed. Some of the events are subject to change or cancella- tion. So please contact local promoters about quality and type of festival you desire before driving long dis- tances. If you would like to list a festival or show in the newsletter, contact Renee Eberle, 13710 E. 13th St. N, Wichita, KS 67230 or email: JUNE June 6-8 Grove OK –American Heritage Music Festival, Fiddle Fest & Clogging Contest. Info: 918- 786-8896 June 7-9 Holton KS –Prairie Lake Pickin’ Party June 8-15 Bean Blossom IN –Bill Monroe Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival. 800-414-4677 June 12-15 Waldron AR –Turkey Track Bluegrass Festival. Info: 479-637-3717 June 13-16 Manchester TN –Bonnaroo Music And Arts Festival. Info: 800-594-8499 June 15-16 Lawrence KS -Americana Benefest; Local & regional music, food, arts, luthier demo, in- strument tent. Rain or shine. Americana Music Acad- emy, 1419 Mass St. 785 -830-9640 June 17-21 Lawrence KS –Summer Kids Music Camp featuring “Scenic Roots.” Americana Music Academy 1419 Mass St, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, cost $200 785-830-9640 June 20-22 Eminence MO –Ozark Rivers Blue- grass Festival. Info: 573-996-8686 June 20-23 Telluride CO –Telluride Bluegrass. Info: 800-624-2422 June 27-29 Fillmore MO –Prater Family Music Festival. Info: 816-262-1832 Bluegrass Calendar JULY July 4-6 Conway MO –Starvy Creek Bluegrass Fes- tival. Info: 417-589-2013 July 17 Haysville KS –Triple L Band at Prairie Trail Cowboy Church, 8552 S Broadway. 7:00 pm, admis- sion free- love offering will be taken. email: July 18-21 Oak Hill NY –Grey Fox Bluegrass Festi- val. Info: 888-946-8495 July 19-21 Colby KS –Pickin’ On The Plains Blue- grass and Folk Festival. Info: 785-460-3401 July 26-28 Lyons CO –Rockygrass. Info: 800- 624- 2422 August Aug 1-4 Curryville MO - Back Forty Bluegrass Festival. Info: 573-324-5437 Aug 8-11 St Cloud MN –Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Festival. Info: 800-635-3037 Aug 25-26 Lawrence KS –Kansas Fiddling and Picking Championships. Info: 785-841-6495 Aug 29 - Sept 1 Eminence MO - Ozark Rivers Bluegrass Festival. Info: 573-996-8686 September Sept 18-22 Winfield KS –Walnut Valley Festival Info: 620-221-2277 Sept 18-21 Bean Blossom/Morgantown IN –Bill Monroe Bluegrass Hall of Fame and Uncle Pen Days Info: 800-414-4677 Sept 19-21 Conway MO –Starvey Creek Bluegrass Festival. Info: 417-589-2013 Jams Kansas Bluegrass Association’s Bi-Monthly Jam. 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month at Immanuel Baptist Church, 1415 South Topeka, Wichita KS (Continued on page 10)
  10. 10. PAGE 10THE BLUEGRASS BROADCAST 10:00 am - 1:00 pm. Auburn –Kansas Prairie Pickers Association Jam, 4th Sunday of the month. 1-5 pm. Info: Ron Meier 785- 887-6314 or McPherson –Last Thursday of the month, 7-10 pm First Christian Church, 101 South Walnut. Info: Ros- coe Beasley 620-242-3677. Jam and Catfish Fry at the Emma Chase Café in Cottonwood Falls KS –Catfish starts at 5:00 and Jam at 7:30 pm. 1st Fri Tall Grass picin’- Acoustic Country 2nd Fri- I77 Bluegrass picin’- Acoustic BG 3rd Fri Tall Grass Gospel Picin’- Acoustic 4th Fri Old Timey Rock & Roll/Vintage Country 5th Fri Folk & Contra Music- Acoustic Jam Hartford Jam -4th Friday of the month. Meet at the College Building at 6:30 pm. They have a Facebook page to help with organization- search Fourth Friday Hartford Jam. Council Grove –Barber Shop, Derrick Doty, barber hosts this monthly jam at 7:00 pm, last Tues of the month. 620-767-8316 Manhattan –Acoustic music jam, Ashland Stone Schoolhouse. I-70 exit 307, 6 mi north. 2nd Sunday of the month Oct –April. Info: Don or Hazel Sargent Abilene –Old Abilene Town Jam, 1st Sunday of the Month. 2-4 pm. Alamo Saloon on S. Buckeye. Info: Bill Burrows 785-825-4153. Lawrence –Kaw Valley Acoustic Music Asso. Jam at the Dillards. 1720 Troon Lane, 7-9:30 pm. Usually the 2nd Tues of the month. Info: John Dillard 785-865- 5502. Garden City Jam -3rd Thursday 7-9:00 pm. Kadee’s Coffee Break, 210 E Spruce. Folk and Bluegrass. Tip Jar for Relay for Life, American Cancer Society. Liberal Ks Jam -2nd Tues 6:30-9pm. Baker Arts Cen- ter, Bluegrass & Folk. Arkansas City Bluegrass & Country Jam – Mondays 7-9 pm. Cherokee Strip Museum, one mile (Continued from page 9) Bluegrass Calendar south of the Arkansas River bridge on hwy. 77. Back meeting room on the south side. Singers, musicians, and listeners welcome. Info: Clyde Brazil 620-442- 2107. Russell KS -3rd Sunday except Sept. Deines Cultural Center. 820 N. Main St. 3-6:00 pm. Potluck dinner, You don’t have to bring food to play. Greater Oklahoma Bluegrass Music Society Oklahoma Country- Western Museum & Hall of Fame, 3925 SE 29th, Del City, OK. 6:30 pm 2nd Sat every month. 405-485-2370 or 405-677-7515. Green Country Bluegrass Association – Community Building, 301 S. Cedar, Owasso, OK 6:30-9:30 pm. Guest band at 5:45 pm. 3rd Sat every month. Info: 918-250-8128 ♪ Send Calendar Listings To: Renee Eberle • 13710 E. 13th St. N, Wichita, KS 67230 Send Advertisements To: Janet Rhoads • 312 N. Fountain, Wichita, KS 67208 316-681-1999 • Business Ads Full Page $45.00 Half Page $25.00 Fourth Page $15.00 Business Card $10.00 Classified Ad (non-member) $5.00 Classified Ad (KBA member) Free Flyer Inserts 8.5 x 11 (unfolded) $50.00 8.5 x 14 (unfolded) $60.00 Calendar Listings & Advertisements
  11. 11. PAGE 11THE BLUEGRASS BROADCAST New Memberships and Renewals: MERLE & SUSIE PATTERSON NEW KEN & MARTHA HAGEN NEW LISA SORRELL RENEWAL BEVERLY PINKSTON RENEWAL JAKOB CHURCH RENEWAL RALPH & NADINE NESTER RENEWAL MARILYN LEGRAND RENEWAL Memberships expiring in June: DELBERT RESER New Memberships /Renewals this Month: 7 Total Membership: 224 KBA MEMBERSHIP ACTIVITY FOR MAY Just a reminder — You can catch two weekly bluegrass radio shows each Sunday in the central Kansas area. Both shows feature longtime KBA members. Bluegrass from The Rockin' Banjo Ranch with Orin Friesen is on the air every Sunday: 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM on KFDI—FM 101.3. Mike and the Ranger with Mike Theo- bald and Stan Greer is on the air every Sun- day: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM on KWLS 107.9 or online at
  12. 12. PAGE 12THE BLUEGRASS BROADCAST The Alferd Packer Memorial String Band Contact: Steve Mason Lawrence, KS 785-331-6000 Bluestem Contact: Marvin Pine Lawrence, KS 785-841-8430 Chisholm Road Contact: Dennis Holland Abilene, KS 972-658-0973 Clifton Street Bluegrass Band Contact: Janet Rhoads Wichita, KS 316-681-1999 Dailey and Vincent P.O. Box 120308 Nashville, TN 37212 Hieberts Dulcimers Etc Contact: Eddie & Robert Hiebert Abilene, KS 67410 The Home Rangers Contact: Ranger Stan Greer Clearwater, KS 620-584-6423 Jammin Biscuits Band Contact: Gerry Roberts Moundridge, KS 620-345-7524 KBA Treblemakers Contact: Karla Campbell Wichita, KS Misty Mountain Revival Contact: Jim & Kathy Belk Urich, MO 660-638-4842 The Prowell Family Contact: Scott Prowell Lenexa, KS 816-550-3779 The Ready Brothers Contact: Ron Meier 785-887-6314 Scenic Roots Contact: Erin or Amber Rogers Concordia, KS 785-614-3817 Shadow Creek Contact: Jim Bullard Wichita, KS 316-691-8178 Southwind Ramblers Bluegrass Band Contact: Bill Hammers Clearwater, KS 620-584-6977 The Stagehands Contact: Bruce Johnson Wichita, KS 316-733-4409 Tallgrass Express String Band Contact: Annie Wilson Elmdale, KS 620-2873-8301 Vance Music Band Contact: Rex Vance Wichita, KS 316-264-1567 vancemusicband KBA Band Directory Are you a KBA member and play in a band that is not listed here? Send us your information. We would love to add your band to the directory. E-mail: Kansas Bluegrass-Association
  16. 16. 207 West Main Street Mulvane, KS 67110 RETURN SERVICE REQUESTED KANSAS BLUEGRASS ASSOCIATION KANSAS BLUEGRASS ASSOCIATION Membership / Renewal Form (please print clearly) Name Date Address City State Zip Phone ( ) Membership dues: $20 per year per member/family. In addition, I would like to donate $ to KBA or $ to KBA Youth Band. Make check payable to Kansas Bluegrass Association and mail with completed form to: KBA, 207 W. Main St., Mulvane, KS 67110. Phone: 316-777-1091. New Member (referred by ) Renewal E-mail address: (optional) Non-Profit Org. U.S. Postage PAID Mulvane, KS Permit #15