River Ridge Bluegrass Association

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Operating as usual

11/12/2021

Opening our show on November 13, at 6 PM is the Amundson Family Music group. We’re sure excited to have them playing for us! They’re new to the area, having recently moved to Oklahoma from Canada.
Here is a short bio.

Some music is just hard to put a finger on. Some call what we do Bluegrass, some call it country. We call it…Amundson Family Music.
Like all traditional, homegrown music from the early days, it all started on the front porch or in the living room. As the family had sing-alongs and jam sessions after an honest days work, each child learned to sing and play the songs that best portrayed life in rural and remote Saskatchewan Canada.
It’s where real and unprocessed music starts and as a result, what you see is what you get, and what you hear are honest family harmonies playing songs that represent real life and real people.

The recent move to live close to Grandparents in Checotah Oklahoma has been a big change for all but the sense of community is much the same and the draw to continue the music is strong. That is why we play.

Darryl along with Sonora, Ira, Nate and Anna Lynn make up the band with behind the scenes help from Christina and Gabe We will endeavour to entertain you by way of classic songs you all know, as well as originals that will help you get to know us and our life of Faith and Duty.

11/11/2021
11/11/2021

We have a great show this Saturday, come on down, and invite your friends and family!

10/23/2021

Closing out our show on November 13, at 7 PM is the great Missouri group Possum Trot. We had to cancel their scheduled show last season, and we’re sure looking forward to hearing them again!
Possum Trot Bio:
Established in 1977, Possum Trot has been performing in the Midwest, South, and beyond for over 40 years. Not only has the band played at countless bluegrass festivals, but has been featured on Ernest Tubb’s Midnight Jamboree in Nashville, Silver Dollar City’s Bluegrass and BBQ celebration, Blythe, California, Bass Pro Shops, and so many other events and festivals. Since the beginning, PTB has been known for quality, tight harmonies, excellent musicianship, and good family-friendly entertainment.
Band Members:�Ed Long - vocals, banjo
Diane Long - vocals, bass
Mark Withers - vocals, mandolin Cindie Deputy - vocals, guitar Herbie Johnston - vocals, fiddle

Opening our show on November 13, at 6 PM is the  Amundson Family Music group. We’re sure excited to have them playing fo...
10/23/2021

Opening our show on November 13, at 6 PM is the Amundson Family Music group. We’re sure excited to have them playing for us! They’re new to the area, having recently moved to Oklahoma from Canada.
Here is a short bio.

Some music is just hard to put a finger on. Some call what we do Bluegrass, some call it country. We call it…Amundson Family Music.
Like all traditional, homegrown music from the early days, it all started on the front porch or in the living room. As the family had sing-alongs and jam sessions after an honest days work, each child learned to sing and play the songs that best portrayed life in rural and remote Saskatchewan Canada.
It’s where real and unprocessed music starts and as a result, what you see is what you get, and what you hear are honest family harmonies playing songs that represent real life and real people.

The recent move to live close to Grandparents in Checotah Oklahoma has been a big change for all but the sense of community is much the same and the draw to continue the music is strong. That is why we play.

Darryl along with Sonora, Ira, Nate and Anna Lynn make up the band with behind the scenes help from Christina and Gabe We will endeavour to entertain you by way of classic songs you all know, as well as originals that will help you get to know us and our life of Faith and Duty.

Opening our show on November 13, at 6 PM is the Amundson Family Music group. We’re sure excited to have them playing for us! They’re new to the area, having recently moved to Oklahoma from Canada.
Here is a short bio.

Some music is just hard to put a finger on. Some call what we do Bluegrass, some call it country. We call it…Amundson Family Music.
Like all traditional, homegrown music from the early days, it all started on the front porch or in the living room. As the family had sing-alongs and jam sessions after an honest days work, each child learned to sing and play the songs that best portrayed life in rural and remote Saskatchewan Canada.
It’s where real and unprocessed music starts and as a result, what you see is what you get, and what you hear are honest family harmonies playing songs that represent real life and real people.

The recent move to live close to Grandparents in Checotah Oklahoma has been a big change for all but the sense of community is much the same and the draw to continue the music is strong. That is why we play.

Darryl along with Sonora, Ira, Nate and Anna Lynn make up the band with behind the scenes help from Christina and Gabe We will endeavour to entertain you by way of classic songs you all know, as well as originals that will help you get to know us and our life of Faith and Duty.

10/10/2021

What a great show the Ozark Mountain Four put on tonight! Very talented musicians.
If you weren’t here you sure missed out!

10/09/2021
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09/29/2021

We would like to thank the Pit Stop Cafe in Grove,OK for being our sponsor for this seasons shows. They’re located on the east side of Grove at 1001 E 3rd Street. They have great food and staff. When you go in there for a meal, be sure to thank them for supporting our bluegrass music shows!

The Ozark Mountain Four will close out our show on October 9, at 7 PM, looking forward to hearing them! I think you will...
09/25/2021

The Ozark Mountain Four will close out our show on October 9, at 7 PM, looking forward to hearing them! I think you will recognize some of thier members from our past shows! Check out their bio below:

The Ozark Mountain Four is a traditional bluegrass band with a lot of experience. All members are southwest Missourians.

Lyn and Tonya Coones have been pickin’ together for forty years—beginning first with the award-winning “Down Home Bluegrass” followed by “Brightwater Junction,” where they played along side their son Eric and the talented Jason Jordan. With “Brightwater Junction,” they also acquired many awards and accolades including opening for Merle Haggard. Lyn and Tonya also partnered in the “Dry Valley Bluegrass Festival” for fifteen years during the run of both bands.

Lyn (a fine banjo picker in his own right) plays a solid rhythm guitar for the band and sings most of the lead vocal. He also provides tenor and baritone vocals for the band. Lyn has a clear, distinctive “friendly” voice that we know you will love.

Tonya plays some of the classiest and most traditional bass you will ever hear. Her clear tenor and occasional lead singing are an integral part of what’s best about the Ozark Mountain Four.

Gil Turk is the newest and youngest member of the group. He has been playing since age ten or so. He is a talented multi-instrumentalist playing banjo, guitar, electric guitar, dobro, and for the Ozark Mountain Four, mandolin. Gil played banjo for Roy and Betty Jo Craft as well as the youthful bluegrass band Missouri 65. He has also performed with the classic country band DaCoMo playing bass.

Roger Matthews plays banjo and sings baritone along with occasional lead vocals. He played for many years with Turquoise recording artists “Radio Flyer” before becoming a founding member of “Midnight Flight.” Both bands were award-winning and traveled extensively. He was the California State Banjo Champion in the mid-1970s and also a winner at the Winfield Kansas National Banjo Contest.

Members of the band have collectively received over forty SPBGMA awards and two Silver Dollar City Single Mic Contest trophies among them. They are longtime well-known musicians in the Midwest region having played in the industry for decades.

If you like traditional bluegrass music, you will LOVE the OZARK MOUNTAIN FOUR!

The Ozark Mountain Four will close out our show on October 9, at 7 PM, looking forward to hearing them! I think you will recognize some of thier members from our past shows! Check out their bio below:

The Ozark Mountain Four is a traditional bluegrass band with a lot of experience. All members are southwest Missourians.

Lyn and Tonya Coones have been pickin’ together for forty years—beginning first with the award-winning “Down Home Bluegrass” followed by “Brightwater Junction,” where they played along side their son Eric and the talented Jason Jordan. With “Brightwater Junction,” they also acquired many awards and accolades including opening for Merle Haggard. Lyn and Tonya also partnered in the “Dry Valley Bluegrass Festival” for fifteen years during the run of both bands.

Lyn (a fine banjo picker in his own right) plays a solid rhythm guitar for the band and sings most of the lead vocal. He also provides tenor and baritone vocals for the band. Lyn has a clear, distinctive “friendly” voice that we know you will love.

Tonya plays some of the classiest and most traditional bass you will ever hear. Her clear tenor and occasional lead singing are an integral part of what’s best about the Ozark Mountain Four.

Gil Turk is the newest and youngest member of the group. He has been playing since age ten or so. He is a talented multi-instrumentalist playing banjo, guitar, electric guitar, dobro, and for the Ozark Mountain Four, mandolin. Gil played banjo for Roy and Betty Jo Craft as well as the youthful bluegrass band Missouri 65. He has also performed with the classic country band DaCoMo playing bass.

Roger Matthews plays banjo and sings baritone along with occasional lead vocals. He played for many years with Turquoise recording artists “Radio Flyer” before becoming a founding member of “Midnight Flight.” Both bands were award-winning and traveled extensively. He was the California State Banjo Champion in the mid-1970s and also a winner at the Winfield Kansas National Banjo Contest.

Members of the band have collectively received over forty SPBGMA awards and two Silver Dollar City Single Mic Contest trophies among them. They are longtime well-known musicians in the Midwest region having played in the industry for decades.

If you like traditional bluegrass music, you will LOVE the OZARK MOUNTAIN FOUR!

We’re excited to have Faith and Freedom Bluegrass to start our show on October 9, at 6 PM. The members are: Shayne, Jame...
09/25/2021

We’re excited to have Faith and Freedom Bluegrass to start our show on October 9, at 6 PM. The members are: Shayne, Jamee, and James O’Kelly, Charles McCormick, and (not pictured) Willie Catron

We’re excited to have Faith and Freedom Bluegrass to start our show on October 9, at 6 PM. The members are: Shayne, Jamee, and James O’Kelly, Charles McCormick, and (not pictured) Willie Catron

09/23/2021

Looks like we’re on track to open our 2020/2021 season on October 9 at 6 PM.
Faith and Freedom Bluegrass will be playing at 6 PM, and The Ozark Mountain Four will follow at 7 PM. Stay tuned for more information on the bands, etc.

08/02/2021
Come on down to Bernice Baptist Church this coming Saturday, July 31 for the Fish N Rods car show, fish fry, and music. ...
07/26/2021

Come on down to Bernice Baptist Church this coming Saturday, July 31 for the Fish N Rods car show, fish fry, and music. Come and cast your vote for your favorite car or truck, eat some great fish, hear some great bluegrass and gospel music!

Come on down to Bernice Baptist Church this coming Saturday, July 31 for the Fish N Rods car show, fish fry, and music. Come and cast your vote for your favorite car or truck, eat some great fish, hear some great bluegrass and gospel music!

03/01/2021

After much thought and prayer, we have decided to go ahead and cancel our March and April shows. Hopefully we can get started back to normal this coming October.

01/01/2021

Due to the covid situation, we have decided to go ahead and cancel our January 9 and February 13, 2021 shows. We will re-evaluate the situation and make an announcement for our March and April shows probably sometime in February. Please let your friends and family know that don’t use Facebook.

Some great music in Wagoner tomorrow night!
12/05/2020

Some great music in Wagoner tomorrow night!

TOMORROW NIGHT!!!

12/03/2020

We have decided to cancel our December show due to the covid virus situation. Everyone stay safe out there. We will keep you posted on future shows.

11/17/2020

What a great show we had on Saturday night! New Harvest and Heartland Xpress put on wonderful entertaining sets. We’re fortunate to be able to have them play at our shows! Once again, thank you to everyone that makes these shows possible. Thanks to Bernice Baptist Church for the facilities, (if you’re looking for a church home, come and visit on Sunday)and to our sponsors The Pit Stop Cafe in Grove, and The Golf Cart Guyz on Monkey Island.

11/15/2020
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11/14/2020

Heartland Xpress consists of twin brothers, Michael on mandolin and Eddie on acoustic guitar, Phillip Bostic, Michael’s son, plays five-string banjo, Daniel Collier on fiddle. Kendall Moore is the newest member and plays upright acoustic bass. All members are talented vocalist. Daniel is the youngest member and has played in his family band from a very young age. He excels in all instruments of a bluegrass band. Phillip started playing banjo at age ten and has excelled as being one of the finest banjo players in Oklahoma. Michael and Eddie started playing bluegrass music at the age of 15. Their second group was Uptown Bluegrass, which they recorded an album on King records label in 1976. They met all the bluegrass icons along the way, including Bill Monroe, Ricky Skaggs, Doyle Lawson, Keith Whitley and Vince Gill. More importantly, Heartland Xpress has met some of the finest people out there. The best fans are bluegrass audiences and Heartland Xpress credits their success to their loyal fans. Due to the band’s love of traditional bluegrass music, they’ll always make time to perform whenever an opportunity arises. Please contact Eddie Bostic via Facebook for bookings.

11/13/2020

Due to a mix up in scheduling, Blue Pearl won’t be able to make it this Saturday. hopefully we can have them back in the future. In the meantime, Heartland Xpress has agreed to fill the spot on short notice, we sure do appreciate it!

11/08/2020

Blue Pearl will be here Saturday, November 14, at 6 PM:
Blue Pearl is known for their unique blend of hot pickin and tight vocals and some original tunes. They continually please audiences and leave them wanting more. The band members are good friends and have been playing together for many years now. Blue Pearl played as the house band at the theme park Dry Gulch USA for several years,as well as the Chilli and Bluegrass festival in Claremore, stage five at the Walnut Valley Festival and other venues. Band members include Shirley Gunderson- Vocal
Paul Gunderson-Vocal, Banjo, Guitar
Steve Earnest -Vocal, Lead guitar Kevin Randol - Vocal, Bass Brannom Smith-Mandolin
Jim Vincent - Fiddle

11/08/2020

New Harvest will be here Saturday, November 14 at 6 PM:
New Harvest started as a group in 2003. We perform Bluegrass, Gospel and Folk music. Our group consists of Wiley Smith who sings vocals and plays Banjo, Peggy Smith who sings vocals and plays Tenor guitar and bass, Jack Kidwell who sings vocals and plays guitar, Patsy Kidwell who sings vocals and plays bass and Bill Wolfe who sings vocals and plays Mandolin and Hammer Dulcimer.

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120 Hickory Street Highway 85A
Bernice, OK
74331

Telephone

+19189440745

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Come check out the River Ridge Bluegrass Association show on November 13th at Bernice, OK. We'll be priming the applaudible pump for Missouri's Possum Trot. Starts at 6:00pm
Hi! A few years ago a bluegrass musician named Damon Wilson sold an archtop bass at a bluegrass festival. And I was wondering if anyone connected to this festival or who attended this festival recognizes this bass. If so I'm interested in buying it back. Or if anyone can help with the next clue to it's whereabouts that would rock! Thanks!