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2009-07-02 / General / Community News

Country Music Monday

Country Music Monday is pleased to present to their Lee County audience Bluegrass music artists Rolf and Beate Sieker from Berlin, Germany, now living near Austin. The Siekers have played numerous concerts in Germany and throughout the European countries. They have appeared on television and radio shows and recorded five albums. Their love of bluegrass music inspired them to move to the US, make Texas their home and become part of the vibrant Austin music scene.

Rolf Sieker was one of the first 5-string banjo players in Europe. He recorded his first bluegrass music in Germany, and has played with a list of outstanding banjo players in both the United States and Europe. He has won the Texas State Banjo Championship and has had recording sessions with many of the great country musicians in the Austin and Nashville areas. He is currently playing with Bob Schneider's Texas Bluegrass Massacre which was named "Best Performing Bluegrass Band" at the 2008 and 2009 Austin Music Awards.

Beate Sieker plays acoustic guitar and occasionally upright bass. Her vocals have become the trademark of the Sieker Band which has generated numerous fans. Influenced by Texas singers and songwriters, she has accumulated a wide repertoire of songs written by Steven Fromholtz, Willie Nelson, Steve Gillette and many others. Beate is known as one of the finest rhythm guitar players around. Receiving the Bobby Thompson guitar that he used at all the Nashville studio sessions was a special honor accorded to her.

In addition to the above notable performers will be Lexi Stavinoha, Haley Brucker, Liz Talley, John Mikulin, and the regular Country Music back up band. Country Music Monday sponsored by The Rotary Club of Giddings will be held on July 6, 2009 at the Sons of Hermann hall on Highway 77 South of Giddings. Show time is 7:30 p.m. with doors open at 5:15. Admission is $3.00.

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