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Local Bluegrass Band Releases CD to Benefit Pet Rescue

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DandelionsAlto Pass, IL -- Local bluegrass band, The Rural Kings, are releasing a CD, Dandelions, on Sunday, November 18, from 5-8 pm at The Old Feed Store in Cobden. It is a collection of originals, traditionals, and covers, that encompasses bluegrass, americana, swing, and folk genres. The CD features many local musicians, including members of The Giant City Slickers, The Whistle Pigs, Woodbox Gang, Banjovi, and The Bankester Family, in addition to the Rural Kings.

The Rural Kings are a local quintet featuring a mix of bluegrass, originals, swing, and Americana material, as well as lead vocals from all members of the band. The Rural Kings’ members are no strangers to the Southern Illinois music scene and collectively have played with Etherton Switch, Shady Mix, The Woodbox Gang, and the Giant City Slickers, among other bands.

This project is much a labor of love, in that proceeds from the sale of the CD will support pet rescue efforts. Tickets are $10 for admission only and $20 for admission plus a CD. It is a BYOB event, food will be available, and it is family-friendly. Advance tickets are available at

The Rural Kings consists of Mila Maring (vocals, accordion), Kelley Sims (guitar, mandolin, vocals), Geoff Maring (upright bass, vocals), John Beck (mandolin, fiddle, vocals), Josh Morrisen (banjo, guitar, vocals) and Tobias Merriman (vocals, fiddle, mandolin).

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