I wrote this for the paper and wanted to introduce yall to a really cool Bluegrass Band. If you like bluegrass music, you are in for a treat. Carefree Highway, an exciting new band from western Kentucky, will be performing live Friday, September 22, 2006 at the Shawnee Community College Performing Arts Center located near Ullin, Illinois. All the seats are $5 at the door. Doors open at 7pm and the show runs from 7:30 until 9:30. Carefree Highway plays a blend of contemporary and traditional bluegrass, country, standard American music and a variety of original songs. The Carefree Highway Band found popularity back in the Nineties and continues to go strong today. This genre of music, Bluegrass, has been coming back to the forefront as of late because of country and western musics rise to new fame. The band is in the process of recording an album that is due out in late October or early November. They have played festivals, concerts and many venues in the area. Such as June 9th at Superman Days in Metropolis, Illinois, July 28th at The National Trail Ride Festival in One Horse Gap Lake, Illinois and most recently at The Illinois State Fair in DuQuoin on the 2nd of September. When asked what his favorite local place to play was, Don Douglas, band manager and guitarist, says that Fohs Hall in Marion, Kentucky was a great one. He also says that they would love to play the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee Carefree Highway is a remarkable band with a cohesiveness and drive to their music that is unequalled in the industry. Their strong voices and intense soulful harmonies make them a joy to listen to. says J. Simmons of J. Simmons Productions in Sun City West, Arizona. The members of the band are as follows; Sondra Asa is a Dobro player who also handles vocals. She has been in the band since 1992. Larry Barger is a banjo player/vocalist. And he is a lifelong bluegrass musician. Jim Nicholas is a mandolin player who sings. Jim was born in Bridgeport, Alabama. Don Douglas plays guitar as well as vocalizes. He is the founder and manager of the band. Douglas also was a festival coordinator for a few years. Eddie Stubblefield is a native of Kentucky and plays bass. He also sings harmony and lead vocals. Carefree Highway is an interactive group; they often come down to the audience, after the show, to talk to the nice folks. Our goal is two fold, says Douglas, to promote the newer style as well as the older style of Bluegrass. He goes on to say, Weve been very well received and were very happy about that. Dont forget to show up early because the Shawnee Community College Café is serving up a fish fry featuring HOOTs catfish with all the trimmings. Linda Parker will be there to help fry up the catfish. Do you all remember HOOTs great catfish? Though HOOTs is no longer open, many of us keep that big catfish and that great food in our hearts and minds. The Cafe will start serving at 6pm and finish at 7pm just before the concert. Gae Morris, the special events coordinator for Shawnee Community College says, Were expecting a good crowd and it will be fun for all. If you want more information about the band, their web address is www.carefreehighwayband.com. For more information contact Gae Morris, Special Events Coordinator, at 1-618-634-3323 or 1-800-481-2242, extension 3323.