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Smithsonian recording artists coming to Bluegrass in Tama

April 16, 2009
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

TAMA NEWS-HERALD (SPECIAL) Prepared by Bob Phillips Public Relations

National Traditional

Country Music


It's not often someone of the stature of Bob Everhart comes to perform in Southeast Iowa, but that is exactly what will happen on April 25 at the Bluegrass Cafe in Tama.

Located at 200 W. 3rd, Lisa Blomme, the owner of the concert hall has been doing old-time and bluegrass music concerts for about two years.

"We've had some exciting acts and bands making their debut in Southeastern Iowa at our Bluegrass Cafe," Lisa reports, "and many of them like what we have here. They like the sound, they like the food, and they like the people. We're very fortunate to get Bob Everhart and his wife Sheila to perform for us."

The Everhart's were recently featured in American Profile Magazine, a nation-wide newspaper insert publication. The story centered around their continued interest in preserving the old-time music of Iowa pioneers, settlers, and homesteaders, which eventually became bluegrass music.

According to Bob Everhart, "Bill Monroe, the "Father of Bluegrass Music" came to Iowa in 1934, with his brother Charlie, to take their first paying music job at KMA Radio in Shenandoah. Bill Monroe met his wife here in Iowa, she was from Clarinda. My wife, Sheila, and I do many of the songs the early Monroe Brothers did. Sheila, who plays the upright acoustic bass, and clog dances in the old Monroe Kentucky style, will accompany me. We have recorded six projects for the Smithsonian Institute (one of which was a Grammy nomination), and that led to Iowa State Resolution #35, which was presented to us by the Iowa Legislature when we went there to perform in the State Capitol."

Bob Everhart, who plays 12-string guitar, harmonica, and does the lead vocals, insists that old-time acoustic music is not dead, it's just resting..

The Everharts have also recorded seven projects with Prairie Music Records and are members of America's Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame.

The concert on April 25th, will begin at 7 p m. More information is available from Lisa Blomme at 641-484-3040.



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