The Blackburns

Saturday, February 16 Ÿ 7:00 pm

General Admission Table Seating at the Dassel History Center
Tickets: Adults - $15, Youth - $7
Doors open at 6:00 pm, Community Room seating begins at 6:30 pm, concert begins at 7:00 pm.

Tickets available online at or by calling Community Education (ticket-sellers for the Arts Association) at 320-286-4120. Tickets will also be sold at the door, room permitting.

Coffee and pretzels will be served and the Cokato Dassel Lions will be selling beer, wine and soft drinks.

Enjoy beautiful duets performed by Art Blackburn (former long-time member of Monroe Crossing) and his wife, Teresa. Tickets would make a great Valentines gift idea!

As a young girl, Teresa (guitar, ukulele, banjo, bass & vocals) learned to sing & play classic country songs with her mother, and in 2002, she formed the family band Buggy Whipp with her mother, brother and daughter. In 2010, Teresa co-founded The Bluegrass Continentals, a five-piece traditional MBOTMA-member bluegrass band with which she still performs today.

Art Blackburn (guitar & vocals) has been a fixture in the Minnesota bluegrass community for decades. He was a founding member of The Pretty Good Bluegrass Band and Big Skyota in the 1990s. In 2000, Art was the driving force behind the creation of Monroe Crossing, a band he both managed and toured with full-time for 11 years. In all, he has recorded 13 CDs and appears as a studio musician on numerous others.

The Blackburns are strongly influenced by the old brother duets of the Louvins, the Delmore Brothers, Bill & Charlie Monroe & others; early & classic country music of the Carter Family, Hank Williams, Hank Snow, Johnny Cash, Lefty Frizzell; and more contemporary artists such as Norman Blake, Utah Phillips, Stecher & Brislin, Gillian Welch, as well as the occasional original song. Their musical approach is a simple, straight forward and knowledgeable presentation of old-time and classic material in an unadorned and heartfelt manner–singing and playing music from the heart and soul for the pure joy of it. While The Blackburns are a newly formed partnership in many respects, they have been performing in various local, regional and national ensembles for many years.