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The Hootenanny

Missouri salutes the work of American singer-songwriters on their birthdays in true hootenanny fashion! All that particular artist's music, all night - brought to you by the best local/regional bands in the area!

The Kay Brothers

~ Bonafide Hootin' n' Hollerin' Hillbillyin' Ozark Stompgrass and What Not ~

The spirit of Missouri 'Stompgrass' lives on in this brand spankin' new quartet, The Kay Brothers. Though the group was born last spring, the members are certainly no strangers to the Midwest music scene. Hailing from such bands as The Hipnecks, The Hatrick, Mary & the Giant, and even a metal band - Ghost in the Machine - the players have been burning barns down since they were knee-high's and can chug moonshine without shedding a single tear. Armed with Upright Bass, Fiddle, Guitar, Harmonicas, bass drum, washboard, and sibling harmonies, they make a lot of noise... if you ride on the jangle-stomp time machine, be careful not to crack a heel.

Mercer & Johnson

Mercer and Johnson are Brock Johnson and s.mercer. The duo put their first recordings online for free in June of 2010. They immediately took off to find places that would let them play, as often as possible. Logging thousands of downloads and well over 100,000 miles, the pair has continued to record and tour.

The band has shared stages with, or opened for established acts and up and comers like... Billy Joe Shaver, Hayes Carll, Sara Watkins, the Turnpike Troubadors, Robbie Fulks, Mike McClure, Mountain Sprout, J.P. Harris and the Tough Choices and the Ben Miller Band. They quickly found out nobody in the business cares who you’ve opened for.

The band uses a mix of traditional string-band instrumentation on their recordings, to craft songs that vary in origin from traditional style ballads and up tempo numbers, to songs influenced by singer-songwriters and modern indie rock.

Live, the two feature mostly mandolin and bass in a stomping shouting manner that people find enjoyable, yet puzzling. The puzzle is the mandolin, which they often mistake for a wide variety of other instruments.

The two have released several recordings, an out of print cd e.p. called “Oregano", the digital-only release “Road Noise" and an initial release available only on this website, that was untitled.

In the summer of 2012, they made the short hop to Independence, Mo and in less than 48 hours recorded 10 songs with Johnny Kenepaske of Adam Lee and the Dead Horse Sound Company. The self- titled recording was released in January of 2013.

In early November of 2013 Mercer and Johnson went to Lafayette LA and did 4 songs in a private top secret location, to be
released in early 2014. They continue to tour as often as possible.

The River Ghost Revue

RGR specializes in rural American folk music. Our unique (or basterdized...) sound comes from a blending of elements from bluegrass, country & western, and singer-songwriter Americana. We strive to create music that would work as well in Washington Square as it would on a front porch in the Ozarks. We like songs that ramble. Songs that shuffle. And songs that fight back. We're not a throwback group, but rather a tip of the hat to the music that's come before us. As always, we've got four new tires and a tank of gas, so grab your banjo and come along...

The Dirt Leg Benders

We are a river city string band = Nick, Gary, Scott, JD, Stuart

John Galbraith

"Stalwart singer-songwriter Galbraith has brought his musical gifts to local audiences through a number of collaborations and contexts." Columbia Daily Tribune

Former guitarist, songwriter, singer and founding member of The Goldbugs, Mondo, The Harrows and Polly Finn. Has also played with Steven Carrel and The Sad Bastards and The Wild Cat Daddies among others. Currently playing with John Galbraith and The Broken Promises.

Kyle Brown & Joe Hinkebein

Pippa Letsky

I was born in England, but I grew up in Montreal and Vancouver, Canada, and then in Canberra, Australia. My family returned “home” to England when I was ten years old, but I was already an Aussie at heart, in love with radio and the old American country songs, and the old convict songs from Botany Bay, based on the same songs and Scots-Irish fiddle tunes as the songs and tunes at the root of bluegrass music.

When I arrived in the States in 1986, I was thrilled to find KOPN Community Radio in Columbia, Missouri, where they had some phenomenal bluegrass shows on Saturday and Sunday. And since 1987, I’ve been hosting the “High Lonesome Sound” on KOPN Radio on Sunday nights. I go by the name of B.G. Brown, that’s B.G. for Blue Grass.

And I’ve been playing bluegrass music on the guitar (mandolin, bass, or fiddle) since I was twelve.

Tune in to KOPN at 9 PM on a Sunday night to hear the very best of bluegrass music, local and national, traditional and not so traditional, only on KOPN Radio, 89.5 FM, your local community radio station. For comments and requests you can email B.G. at



Missouri salutes the work of American singer-songwriter Bill Monroe on his birthday in true hootenanny fashion. ...and yes folks, its all Bill Monroe, all night!


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The Hootenanny IV: Missouri Salutes 'the Father of Bluegrass' Mr. Bill Monroe with The Kay Brothers, Mercer & Johnson, The River Ghost Revue, The Dirt Leg Benders, John Galbraith, Kyl...

Wednesday, September 11 · Doors 8:00 PM / Show 8:45 PM at Rose Music Hall