Friday, February 2, 2018

January 22, 2018
Marquee at The Collins Theatre announcing the Guest Band
     AMONG BLUEGRASS MUSIC FANS, the name 'CEDAR HILL' is really all you need to say. Immediately, one knows to expect a world of experience and top-quality music from the steady hand of mandolinist/vocalist FRANK RAY, who has been at this game for a mere 50 years or so, and his very capable band mates! Our friendship with this fine musician and gentleman goes back at least 30 years. We are always glad to see the band's name listed on festival and flyer schedules. Despite the contentious national political climate of the moment, there is Cedar Hill from Missouri to calm things down and provide good ol' bluegrass music that actually sounds like good ol' bluegrass music. Missouri has produced top bluegrass and folk music artists throughout the years.
Frank Ray
Pete Brown, Patti LaFleur, Frank Ray, Dan Stokely, Jim Bunch
      Frank Ray has gathered some wonderful musicians who have been with him for quite a while. That says a lot right there. JIM BUNCH provides banjo and vocals Jim has been with the band for several years,. DAN STOKELY has been with Cedar Hill about two and a half years. Dan provides guitar and vocal work. PATTI LaFLEUR adds the all-important bass work and vocals. She has been with the band for quite a while. PETE BROWN is the fiddle player with that special expertise that brings smiles wherever he goes. Each member of the band is a joy to watch, and together they provide total entertainment for bluegrass fans throughout the South, the Midwest, Canada, the UK, Ireland, and wherever they go.
Frank Ray, Dan Stokely, Jim Bunch
Pete Brown, Patti LaFleur, Frank Ray
     Here are the selections from Cedar Hill:  SET 1: Katy Hill (a toe-tapper for sure!), Heartaches and Teardrops, Pearl, I Got a Thing about Doors, Hobo's Wings, I Beg to You, Clinch Mountain Backstep (Jim on banjo), 'Til the End of the World Rolls 'Round (Pete on fiddle), You Won't Be Satisfied That Way (a Bill Monroe tune),  and Dusty Miller.
SET 2: Broke Heart for Real, Cool Wind, Peter You're the Man, Echo Mountain (Welsh legend, or maybe true, as Gelert the brave dog is buried in a cemetery in Wales), For Me It's Hello, Me and My Fiddle (Pete on 8-string fiddle), Strings and Things (Dedicated to the memory of Wooten Brothers Roger and Bobby, of Center Ridge, AR. What a fine festival Mr. Roy Wooten and his children had for many years!), Mary O'Grady (name merely came from a phone book in Ontario, Canada), White House Blues (a Bill Monroe tune), Sally Goodin, and The Prison Song.
     Special thanks to Frank Ray and Cedar Hill for playing Echo Mountain for this writer, who sheds tears even as she thinks about the song.
     Cedar Hill came to us via BLUEGRASS MONDAY (4th Monday each month) courtesy of the Collins Theatre (120 W. Emerson), KASU 91.9 FM on the campus of Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, AR, several local business sponsors, and host/DJ MARTY SCARBROUGH. Learn more at or by contacting Marty Scarbrough ( Catch a concert soon and be sure to check out the pre-concert Bluegrass Monday buffet at Terry's CafĂ©, 201 S. Pruett, just down the street from the theatre. It's mighty fine!
For more information:
Cedar Hill and several selections on YouTube
2/26  Donna Ulisse & the Poor Mountain Boys
3/26  Breaking Grass
4/23  The Po' Ramblin' Boys
5/21  The Trinity River Band
6/25  TBA
7/23  The Kody Norris Show
8/27  The Baker Family
9/24  TBA
10/22  The Tennessee Mafia Jug Band
11/26  High Fidelity
No December show due to Christmas holidays

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