GRANITE FALLS, Minn. — Georgia Rae Family Band and the The Silver River Band will be the featured act on the broadcast of Grassland Jam — the bluegrass and Americana music program produced by Pioneer PBS. The program will air on Saturday, February 8 at 7 p.m. CST and will be available for online viewing at 7:30 that night at www.pioneer.org/grasslandjam. The broadcast will be repeated on Monday, February 10 at noon. The performances were recorded at the Minnesota Bluegrass & Old Time Music Association Festival held in Richmond in August 2019.
The multi-state award-winning Georgia Rae Family Band has always unknowingly pushed the envelope of traditional music. Their progressive sound inspired by a mix of Americana, bluegrass, contemporary and a little jazzy swing is all flavored with family vocal harmony and youthful energy. Two sisters, led by fiddle champion Georgia Rae and lead singer and ukulele playing Kelly Jo are joined by Laura Lanza on mandolin and guitar and by Joe Burie on bass. The family is based in Richmond, Illinois and has played and traveled together since 2011.
The Silver River Band is a new group of talented, young musicians from the midwest that play high-energy traditional bluegrass along with fun arrangements of contemporary favorites. Band Members include Ari Silver on guitar and vocals; Daniel Halvorson on fiddle and vocals; John Halvorson on bass and vocals; Derek Birkeland on mandolin and vocals; and Gabe Dettinger on banjo and vocals.
Grassland Jam is produced and edited by Matthew Johnson. The program is made possible by contributions from the voters of Minnesota through a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
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