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Bluegrass sounds return

Cotton Wood will perform this Wednesday, July 28

July 23, 2010
Matt Mullally

A familiar group will return to the Lions Club's Music in the Park concert series this week.

Washburn-based bluegrass band Cotton Wood will make its fifth appearance on Wednesday evening, July 28, beginning at 7 p.m.

"We love coming up to Rugby to perform, and we like to play outdoors in the park,' said Jill Weise, band member. "It's such a great venue."

The group consists of Weise, who plays bass, mandolin and guitar; Dan Foster on mandolin and guitar; Keith Koch, guitar; and Lee Benjamin, banjo, dobro and guitar.

The band plays a variety of music - bluegrass, popular, country - using traditional bluegrass instruments.

Cotton Wood has traveled the state and upper Midwest playing at different musical venues.

"It's a hobby, but we really love this style of music,' Weise said. "We get together every Tuesday evening to jam. We have a lot of fun and it's truly amazing that all of us live close by and all share an appreciation for this music."

Bluegrass comprises a variety of interesting instruments and its unique sounds appeal to audiences.

The group writes and performs its own music in addition to covering traditional bluegrass and country songs.

"To be able to make music, and not only sing it, but play instruments is very rewarding,' Weise said.

Another reward is getting the opportunity to travel the state and meet so many people.

"Just recently we played at Icelandic State Park,' she said. "I've never been there before and it's beautiful."

They also went to Ft. Ransom to take part in the first-ever bluegrass festival there. Later this year the group will be play on the Riverboat in Bismarck as a part of a fundraiser for youth services. The group will also be putting on the sixth Bismarck Blizzard Bluegrass weekend next January.

"We perform for a wide range of audiences and it's nice to talk to people afterward about the music,' she said. "To listen to someone say how one of our songs touched them is special."

Cotton Wood has been together for nearly nine years and already the group is turning its attention to next year. "We're already planning some special things to mark our 10th anniversary,' she said.

In case of inclement weather, listen to KZZJ 1450 AM radio for information regarding an alternate location.



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