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Bluegrass Monday presents the Muellers on May 11
May 6, 2009 --
KASU’s Bluegrass Monday concerts are typically held on the fourth Monday
night of the month; however, due to the Memorial Day holiday falling on
the fourth Monday in May, the May concert will be held on the second
Monday of the month. The regular schedule will resume in June.
The Muellers will perform a concert of bluegrass music on
Monday, May 11, at 7 PM at Atkins Celebration Hall, 101 South Pruett
Street, in downtown Paragould, Arkansas. The performance is part of the
concert series presented by KASU 91.9 FM. KASU will literally "pass
the hat" to collect money to pay the group. The suggested donation
is $5 per person.
Based in Maine with family roots in Missouri, the Muellers are a family
band who travels across the country performing traditional bluegrass and
gospel music. Dad Curt plays banjo, and mom Karen plays bass, and they
are joined on stage by five of their seven children, ranging in age from
23 to 7. Curt Mueller is a native of Saint Louis, and Karen Mueller was
raised in Poplar Bluff, Mo. Karen also attended Arkansas State
In 2004, the family won the prestigious Youth In Bluegrass contest held
each year at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Mo. They were the subject of
a documentary film, "Talent To Burn," that examined their development as
musicians and the impact that playing music has had on their lives. The
Muellers have also recorded four CDs. More information about the group,
including samples of their music and videos of their performances, is
The Mueller family features outstanding vocal harmonies and instrumental
prowess that is amazing given the young age of the children. Also
noteworthy is that four of the children play fiddle, and the band’s
performances include unique triple and quadruple-fiddle arrangements of
classic bluegrass songs.
The Mueller children include 16-year-old Laurah, who primarily plays
mandolin but also plays harmony fiddle. Thirteen-year-old Sarah is a
featured fiddle soloist who does some of the musical arrangements for
the band. Ten-year-old John plays guitar and fiddle, and he is known for
his high tenor voice, that draws comparisons to bluegrass singers who
are much older and more experienced in performing in this style of
music. Seven-year-old George plays fiddle and mandolin and loves to sing
with his older brother John in the "brother duet" style that is common
in bluegrass music.
The oldest Mueller child touring with the group is Tom, who plays guitar
and mandolin. The group performs original songs by Tom, and in
addition to bluegrass, he is also an accomplished player of jazz and
Prior to the concert by the Muellers at 7 p.m., area bluegrass musicians
are invited to come to Atkins Celebration Hall beginning at 5 p.m. for
an open jam session. Musicians are asked to bring only acoustic
instruments and to play only bluegrass music. he jam sessions will
end promptly at 6:45 p.m., just before the beginning of the concert.
Simply Delicious Catering will provide a country-style buffet meal
beginning at 5 p.m. for a cost of $10, including tax and a drink.
Seating at the venue is either at tables or in auditorium-style seating.
Bluegrass Monday concerts are typically held on the fourth Monday night
of each month; however, due to the Memorial Day holiday in the month of
May, this month’s concert is being held on the second Monday of the
month. These concerts are presented with support from the Posey Peddler,
the Northeast Arkansas Bluegrass Association and KASU.
KASU 91.9 FM is the 100,000 watt public broadcasting service of Arkansas
StFor more information, contact KASU program director
or call (870) 972-2367.ate University-Jonesboro.