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Breaking Grass to Perform at Bluegrass Monday


JONESBORO – The band Breaking Grass will perform a concert of bluegrass music on Monday, March 26, at 7 p.m. at the Collins Theatre, 120 West Emerson Street, in downtown Paragould.  The concert is part of the Bluegrass Monday concert series presented by KASU 91.9 FM. 

Breaking Grass
(Left to right) Tyler White, Zach Wooten, Cody Farrar, Britt Sheffield and Jody Elmore.

Based in Mississippi, this five-piece bluegrass band released their debut CD in 2011.  The group is currently on tour in support of their fourth CD titled “Warning Signs” which is on the Mountain Fever record label.  Breaking Grass has gained a reputation for their energetic live shows featuring bluegrass standards and their own original songs presented in a style that mixes traditional bluegrass sounds with contemporary compositions.

Numerous songs by Breaking Grass have reached the top 10 on Bluegrass Today radio airplay charts. The band has also won several bluegrass band contests including the state of Mississippi Bluegrass Band Competition, the Athens Old Time Fiddlers band competition, and the Uncle Dave Macon Days competition. 

The band has also played at several prominent bluegrass festivals including the Musicians Against Childhood Cancer Bluegrass Festival, Silver Dollar City’s Bluegrass and BBQ Festival, Dailey & Vincent’s LandFest, and the Dumplin’ Valley Bluegrass Festival.

The group features Cody Farrar on lead vocals and guitar.  Farrar also writes many songs that are featured on the band’s CDs and in their concerts.  Tyler White is an award-winning fiddle player who plays in the group.  Jody Elmore plays banjo, Britt Sheffield plays bass, and Zach Wooten plays mandolin for the band.

More information about the band is at their website, www.breakinggrass.com.

Seating at the concert is first-come, first-served.  Doors to the theatre will open at 6 p.m. KASU will literally “pass the hat” to collect money to pay the group. The suggested donation is $5 per person.

In addition to the concert, Terry’s Café, 201 South Pruett Street in Paragould, opens on Bluegrass Mondays to welcome bluegrass music fans.  The café serves a country-style buffet meal beginning at 4:30 p.m. on the evenings of Bluegrass Monday concerts.  Concessions will also be available at the Collins Theatre.

Bluegrass Monday concerts are held on the fourth Monday night of each month.  These concerts are presented with support from Bibb Chiropractic Center, the Posey Peddler, Holiday Inn Express and Suites of Paragould, the Northeast Arkansas Bluegrass Association and KASU.

KASU, 91.9 FM, is the 100,000-watt public broadcasting service of Arkansas State University in Jonesboro.  For more information, contact KASU Program Director Marty Scarbrough at mscarbro@astate.edu or 870-972-2367.  Bluegrass Monday is also on Facebook (search “Bluegrass Monday”).