Dixie Union, a Rolla-based bluegrass band, will be performing at the Missouri State Fair on Aug. 12, 13, and 14. The band will be playing three shows daily at 1:30p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Dixie Union is an award-winning band that was originally formed in 1998 to provide a unique blend of traditional and innovative bluegrass, gospel, blues, ballads, crossover country and even an occasional polka.
The band has performed many times at the State Fair and has been designated as a “Legends” band. The group has produced five CD’s, one of which was featured in the national publication “SPBGMA Newsletter.” Several of the albums are digitally distributed by iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, YouTube, Pandora and others. More information can be found on www.facebook.com/dixieunion. The group has opened for or shared the stage with such groups as the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Ralph Stanley, Kenny & Amanda Smith and the Chapmans. Their music is influenced by artists ranging from Bill Monroe and Jim & Jesse McReynolds to Hot Rize and Leftover Salmon.
Members of the group include band leader and charter member Dave Richardson on mandolin, tenor harmony, and lead vocals; Carol Richardson on rhythm guitar and lead vocals; John Francis on banjo, lead vocals, and baritone/bass harmonies; and Peter Price on upright bass and baritone harmony. The band features two, three, and four-part vocal harmonies, as well as traditional instrumentals.