Thank you'all for the great welcome. You're a heap of fun, that's for sure. I've been hangin' around too many sad message boards on the net, and this is a breath of fresh air.
Hey, Gary! I love questions as long as they're simple, like the ones you asked. I live about 50 miles north-northeast of Wichita. We have a fairly active bunch of bluegrassers around the area.
Our band is non-professional, so you probly haven't heard of us, but we call ourselves "Prairieland Bluegrass." How's that for originality? *grin* We sing mostly local, but we did sing in Paola, Kansas years ago for a Kansas Day celebration. (Our brother-in-law lives there). My sister and her hubby have been in bluegrass over 30 years, and used to play with fiddler, Russ Morton, and called themselves the BlueGrass Jayhawkers at that time. There son was really up and coming as a Mandolin and flatpicker, but died in a drowning accident at age 11--really sad. He had great potential.
Our current band has been together about fifteen years, and we sing pretty tight harmony. It feels good to get better and better, and hear the compliments from our listeners. I won't even admit we did a tape a couple of years ago, but it isn't the greatest. I don't even really want to give them away. Oh, well. Hopefully, we'll get to the studio again soon, before we all die of old age.
Gary, do you know the Joybells from the Kansas City area? They used to play at some of our festivals quite a number of years ago. And they sang a song called "I'll Be Praising You," or "When the Sun Comes Up Tomorrow." Have someone who learned it from us after we picked it off a tape I made at the festival, and now can't find who wrote it. Help!
Okay, are you tired of my answers yet?? We've only just begun. See ya