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KASU Bluegrass Monday to feature Tommy Brown and the County Line Grass concert Sept. 24


JONESBORO, AR – Mountain-style, traditional bluegrass music will be the style as Tommy Brown and the County Line Grass perform a concert on Monday, Sept. 24, at 7 p.m. at the Collins Theatre, 120 West Emerson Street, in downtown Paragould, Arkansas.  The concert is part of the Bluegrass Monday concert series presented by KASU 91.9 FM.  KASU will literally “pass the hat” during the show to collect money to pay the musicians.  The suggested donation is $5 per person.

Tommy Brown is a third-generation musician from central Kentucky.  He began playing banjo at age six, and he is a past winner of both the Kentucky State and Tennessee State Banjo Championships.  Brown also plays guitar and mandolin.

Since 1992, Brown has led his band, the County Line Grass, playing mountain-style, traditional bluegrass music heavily influenced by the Stanley Brothers.  The five-piece group has performed at numerous bluegrass festivals and venues across the country, and the band has appeared on the Cumberland Highlanders program on RFD-TV, Rural America’s Most Important Network.

Members of the County Line Grass include Tommy Brown’s son Jereme who plays lead guitar and banjo.  Also featured in the band is southeast Missouri musician Leevon DeCourley, a former member of the band The Men Of The Week.  DeCourley plays mandolin and bass for the County Line Grass.

The other members of the group are Josh Rinkel who plays rhythm guitar and banjo, and fiddler Wayne Fyffe.  All members of the County Line Grass sing.

Brown is also an accomplished songwriter, and he has recorded numerous CDs with his band.

In addition to the concert, Terry’s Café, 201 South Pruett Street in Paragould, one block to the east of the Collins Theatre, opens on Bluegrass Monday nights, offering a gathering place for bluegrass music fans prior to the concerts.  The café serves a buffet meal beginning at 4:30 p.m. on the evenings of Bluegrass Monday concerts.  Concessions will also be available at the Collins Theatre.

Doors at the Collins Theatre will open at 6 p.m., one hour before the concert begins.  Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Bluegrass Monday concerts are held on the fourth Monday night of each month.  These non-profit concerts are presented with support from Backbeat Music, Hollis Bee Company, the Posey Peddler, 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”).