Southern Raised in Schaumberg

Singing at the Schaumberg, Illinois Bluegrass Festival

What an awesome weekend we had in Illinois!  Big thanks to Terry and Jan Leese for the great festivals they host!!!

Emmie

Hope this gives y’all a snapshot of our weekend there:)

Harmony:)

We had the pleasure of meeting Balsam Range, a group based out of North Carolina, at this festival…..super nice group of guys!

Matthew and Caleb Smith from Balsam Range

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Sarah and Mark Pruitt of Balsam Range

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Southern Raised and Tim Surrett of Balsam Range

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Emmie and Darren Nicholson

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Emmie was also so thrilled to meet Jesse Brock…(previously with Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper)!  We were impressed with how personable and humble he was.  He took the time to greet each of us individually.

Emmie and Jesse

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Southern Raised and Balsam Range Group Pic

While at the festival, there was a DJ that asked us to do a radio spot for him…….here we are in a quite hallway upstairs in the hotel doing the promotion:)

Southern Raised doing a radio spot

I always love to hear how words come out when you try to say something perfect for the radio!!!!…haha:):)…….someone always gets tongue tied without fail!!!…..thankfully we had  more than one try!……it is like those old twisters…..you know….peter piper and his peppers and all that stuff!!!:) …..

Ben and Martha Faller and Southern Raised

The above pic is with Ben and Martha Faller from Indiana.  These sweet folks have become dear friends, for which we thank the Lord.  They have invited us to and hosted us in Indiana on more than one occaion and have been tremendous blessings!!!  It was so good to see them at this festival!  I thank God for the gift of friendships, just like these.  I think often we may take for granted how much these friendships enrich our lives and bring smiles to our faces.  Thank you Lord for such a gift!!!

Southern Raised relaxing in the hotel....having Starbucks coffee!!!!:)...oh joy!!!