Arkansas bluegrass band Posey Hill to perform at U of O

Release Date: 9/29/2009

Clarksville, Ark. --- University of the Ozarks will present the Arkansas-based traditional folk and bluegrass band Posey Hill at 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 19, as part of the University's 2009-2010 Walton Arts & Ideas Series.

The theme of this year’s Walton series is “Celebrate Arkansas.” Entertainers and speakers from Arkansas will be featured throughout the year at the university, which is celebrating its 175th birthday during the 2009-2010 academic year.

Playing a creative Americana blend of bluegrass, old-time country, folk and contemporary acoustic music, Posey Hill got its start when Doug Burnett of Donaldson, Ark., and his two oldest daughters, Kristian and Erin, filled a guest spot at the Cypress Creek Bluegrass Festival in September of 2002.  Encouraged by the response they got, they bought Kristian an upright bass, found some more musicians, learned some more songs and started performing regularly as Posey Hill in the spring of 2003.  Since that time, they have performed around the state and repeat performances at Silver Dollar City's BBQ and Bluegrass show.  They have also appeared on Channel 7’s Good Morning Arkansas.

The other member of Posey Hill is Doug’s brother in-law, Chuck Hughes.  Other musicians that have contributed to the Posey Hill cause are Bill Osteen (guitar, banjo), Todd Lambert (banjo), Scott Root (guitar), Dennis Thornton (mandolin), Tim Trawick (fiddle, mandolin), David Treadway (fiddle, mandolin) and Caleb Cobb (fiddle).

The Posey Hill concert will be held in the U of O’s Walton Fine Arts Center. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased on the evening of the performance or by calling WAIS Director Ginny Sain at 479-979-1346. Memberships for the university’s Friends of the Arts program for 2009-2010 can also be purchased by calling Sain. Friends of the Arts memberships are $50 for individuals, $80 for couples and $100 for corporations.