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Strictly Bluegrass at Kearney Amphitheater

Date: June 22, 2019
For almost 19 years one of the mainstays of Bluegrass and traditional country music in northeast Kansas was a band called Calhoun County. When that band broke up four of the members decided they still liked playing together and The Ready Brothers was formed. Like their predecessors the brothers knew they wanted to play more than bluegrass but they also knew they wanted bluegrass to be the base line for their music. The challenge for them would be to create a good sound with a non traditional lineup. Since that initial lineup there has been one change and the mandolin brother was replaced with a banjo brother. The songs that fit the bands instrumentation, washboard, guitar, banjo and bass, came quickly and included Bluegrass, Western Swing, Traditional Country, Blues and Roots music. The band’s name took more time. One day the boys decided they were always ready to play music. They also decided they had known each other for so long they were like family. The Ready Brothers were born. As you will find out this led to names for the brothers that lets you know they enjoy making music and not taking themselves too seriously. Over the last several years they have shared the stage at festivals with several bands including the Steeldrivers, Wayne "The Train" Hancock, Bull Harmon & Bullseye, The James King Band, The Charlie Sizemore Band, Midnight Flight, Ozark Alliance, Bright Water Junction, Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice, Lonesome Traveler, Chris Jones & the Nightdrivers, Jimmy Allison & the Ozark Rounders, Driven, Tyler Gregory, Kasey Rausch, The Jeff & Vida Band, The Red State Ramblers, Howard Iceberg & The Titanics, Truckstop Darling, The Dirty River Ramblers, Pastense and many, many others. Some of their favorite places to play include bars and coffee houses as well as music festivals where their range of styles and entertaining humor provides a crowd pleasing show. Original tunes ranging from honky tonk, banjo inspired instrumentals and old country waltzes round out a show that has made them a crowd favorite. They currently have 4 recordings, In The Heartland, At The Honky Tonks, Having Fun and their latest release, No More Hoboes.

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