Cedar Hill, noted bluegrass band from Missouri/Arkansas will be making their only WA appearance for 2018 at the Adna Grange #417.
Formed in 1967 by Frank Ray (mandolin, tenor/high baritone/lead vocals), Cedar Hill performed at Centralia College in the early 2000's. Since then, the band has been back to Lewis County numerous times performing at bluegrass festivals and house concerts. Adna Grange #417 is proud to present the band for this tour.
A veteran songwriter, Frank has written many outstanding songs and instrumentals over the years that have earned him several Song Writer of the Year Awards. The first song to win an award and make its way to the music charts was one of Frank's compositions called, "False Hearted Love" in 1976. In August 2008, Frank was inducted into America’s Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame. The easy going cohesiveness that the band has allows Frank to make use of his natural flowing Ozark humor.
In addition to Frank Ray, Cedar Hill consists of members Jim Bunch (banjo/vocals) who was one of the original members of Cedar Hill in the early 70's when they recorded their first album. He later worked for the Calton Family Band for a season in Branson, Missouri and then returned to Cedar Hill. After an extended leave from the music business, Jim started performing again and built Palm Recording Studio in Rogers, Arkansas, where he uses his engineering skills to provide a variety of audio and video recording services to artists and musicians. Patti LaFleur (bass/vocals) started classical piano training at four years old but annual trips to the Ozark Folk Festival exposed her to bluegrass and she wished for a banjo for her ninth birthday. Patti started playing banjo with the Dickerson Family at age 11 and bought a bass a couple of years later. Pete Brown (fiddle/vocals) developed a love of the fiddle at three years old listening to his father's Bob Wills records. He started playing with Blue Mountain Bluegrass at 13 and played many years with the McGaritys until he jumped into country music and headed for Nashville. After several years on the road, Pete came back to Arkansas and ran across an old friend from junior high, Patti LaFleur. She persuaded him to come back to bluegrass and play fiddle. Dan Stokely (guitar, lead vocals) rounds out the 5-piece traditional bluegrass band. Influenced at age three by his mother singing classic country music and playing guitar, Dan was later drawn to bluegrass when he was a teen. Around 2011, he began attending bluegrass events and joined Cedar Hill in 2015.
The fun and smiles this band exhibits on stage transports you to a favorite place and time as you enjoy one of the best musical entertainment experiences you are apt to find. The audience not only gets caught up in the emotion of the music with tears or laughter, but become their friends. Don't miss an opportunity to join Cedar Hill for some music that will stir your emotions, cause you to tap your toe, smile a lot, and leave knowing you have made some new Ozark friends that are the same whether they are playing in their native Ozark Mountains of Missouri and Arkansas, in The Performing Arts Centers of London, England, or the stage of the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee.
Door opens at 5:30pm.
The Adna Grange will serve dinner (by donation) from 6:00pm to 6:45pm. The menu consists of Creamy Potato Soup, Sandwich, Salad, Beverage, and Dessert. The proceeds from the evening's dinner fundraiser will go to the Adna Grange.
The price for the concert (from 7pm to 9pm) is $15.00 per person with the proceeds going to Cedar Hill.
If you have any questions about the concert or fundraiser, please contact Adna Grange #417 Secretary at 360-748-6068.