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Cedar Valley Bluegrass will perform in Houston

Fri, Jul 12th, 2013
Posted in All Arts & Culture

Cedar Valley Bluegrass formed in the fall of 2001. They promote bluegrass music and have a love of it. All of the members come with experience in the bluegrass field.

Dale Boggess, lead singer, is from Waverly, Iowa. He retired from Maytag in Newton, Iowa, and now has more time to devote to one of his favorite hobbies playing music. Dale has a rich and mellow voice and plays and picks the guitar. Dale is one of those people who doesn’t care where he is at as long as he can play music and has done some songwriting. Dale previously played with Highway Home out of Des Moines and was a member of Beaver Creek Bluegrass and Sons of the Cedar Valley. He is well supported by the harmony provided by Becky Gors.

John Campbell is the banjo player. He has been involved in bluegrass music in one way or another for a number of years. John is also a member of Family Four Plus Two Band. John is not only dedicated to playing bluegrass music but also provides expertise as a charter board member for Southeast Minnesota Bluegrass Association. John resides in Fountain City, Wis., where he owns and operates a Cushman and antique car restoration business.

Becky Gors, fiddle player, hails from Waverly, Iowa and has played bluegrass fiddle in a number of bands in the region. Becky also lends her talent in singing harmony and lead as well as recently developing her skills as a flat top guitar picker. Becky works for a securities firm in Waterloo, Iowa. Becky previously played with Tinker’s Dam, Dixie Rebels, Beaver Creek Bluegrass and Sons of the Cedar Valley. Her talents are well known not only in Iowa but in Southern Minnesota and Wisconsin as well. Becky wrote the title songs, “Those Beautiful Hills of Minnesota” and “Will You Always Love Me” for Cedar Valley’s two latest CDs.

Myrtle Otis is the newest member of the group and lives in Houston, Minn. She is an accomplished mandolin player and has been known to pick up the fiddle and even the harmonica for some songs. Myrt sings lead and harmony. Myrtle has been involved in music for more than 68 years and she and her husband, Don, were instrumental in getting many musicians started in music. She is the leader of another bluegrass group, Family Four Plus Two.

Barb Ottman, Rochester, Minn., plays bass and is Becky Gors’ mom. She sings backup and does some lead singing. She has been involved in bluegrass music for more years than she cares to admit and is dedicated to the promotion of bluegrass music. She is a charter board member for the Southeast Minnesota Bluegrass Association. Barb was a member of the Family Four Plus Two Band and previously played with Sonny Side Up and Beaver Creek Bluegrass.

Cedar Valley has performed at SEMBA Bluegrass Festivals, Houston, Minn., The Bluegrass-Gospel & Old time Music Festival near Harper’s Ferry, Iowa, 9th Street Gospel Festival, Hayward, Wis., Garden City, Minn., Bluegrass Festival, Hampton, Iowa Bluegrass Festival, Bluegrass & Gospel Festival, Viroqua, Wis., Backbone Bluegrass Festival, Strawberry Point, Iowa, Pickwick Mill Day, town celebrations, special events, fairs, concerts, and churches throughout Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin. In 2004 they performed at Eagles Nest Resort in the Bahamas. Cedar Valley was featured in an article in Minnesota Bluegrass and Oldtime Music Association’s newsletter. For the past five years Cedar Valley has performed shows in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. Cedar Valley has completed six CDs.

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