Welcome to the Sloughgrass band's home page

Our band has evolved over the years as our children grew up and moved to different parts of the country and grandma passed away. Now we play with just the “leftover” four parents and often guests musicians. We feel very blessed to still be able to make music together and share it with others. Thank you so much for visiting!

 Join us on Facebook if you would like to see what we are up to.

FOLLOW THIS LINK to see our now pretty old PBS TV special from Prairie Public TV produced by Barbara Gravel at the Fargo PBS studio, SLOUGHGRASS ON PBS .


Here is an old quote...

"Move over Von Trapp's, here comes the Sloughgrass Family Band. Originating in Birchdale, MN, these eight family members can get the crowd off their seats with the band's rich blend of bluegrass, gospel, country, folk and Scandinavian music. The Sloughgrass Family Band not only has ventured through the Minnesota landscape, but has also performed overseas in Denmark." ---Kylee Seifert, High Plains Reader spring 2012 High Plains Reader

Check out our Sloughgrass schedule and come on out and join us at one of our shows.

Update on Holger www.holgerolesen.com . Holger currently plays bass with The Little Roy and Lizzy Show .  In 2013, He was lucky to be chosen by Rob Ickes to receive a scholarship to attend Reso-Summit in Nashville in November. Holger also played with the award winning bluegrass band Porcupine Creek (check out their two TV specials)  and collaborated in a duo called Hooker & Holger, . Holger finished college at East Tennessee State University in the spring of 2021 with Degrees in both Engineering Technology and in Bluegrass, Country and Old Time Music.  He is now attending Engineering Grad school and continues to tour as a musician. He is excited to have been playing with a variety of bands at ETSU and toured with Continental Drive. Check out some of the ETSU school bands on Youtube . The Little Roy and Lizzy Show released a CD “Welcome to the Show” in 2022. Holger plays bass, dobro and sings. The song God’s Been Good made several Gospel charts. 

Update on Gary. He graduated from East Tennessee State University, where he toured overseas with the ETSU Pride band, in May of 2016 with a Bachelor's degree in Bluegrass, Country and Old-time music. Since he left home and the family band Gary has had the opportunity to play with many  bluegrass greats such as Doyle Lawson, Ricky Skaggs and recording with Adam Steffey, Ronnie Steward, Keith Garret and Harold Nixon in the Boxcars and then making a CD with the Highland Travellers. In 2019 he recorded and started to tour with the iconic bluegrass band Blue Highway.  Read more about Gary's career in Bluegrass Today. Gary makes his home in Galax, VA where he is an elementary school music teacher. Gary was a part of a 2021 CD release by Phil Leadbetter and Gary’s song on the CD, "Back to You", made it to #17 on the bluegrass top 40 charts. 

Check out this video by Jim Stoppel on YouTube from when we performed at the Cabin Fever Festival in Duluth, MN on March 26th a few years ago. We were the first video he ever published Sloughgrass band.

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A special thank you to Joe Soucheray and the gang on the Garage Logic show for hosting us in 2009 and again at the 2010 & 2012 State Fairs.

"The family band has long played a prominent role in the origins and
development of bluegrass music, and that tradition continues to this
day. We see family bands perform in every state at every festival. One
of the finest and most entertaining family bands can be found right here
in Minnesota--Sloughgrass. Their variety, musicianship and infectious
enthusiasm always leaves the audience smiling and wanting more, and
that, after all, is what's it's all about. Go and see them if you get a
chance!" --- Art Blackburn, Monroe Crossing








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Previous events

From FB event link. All are welcome to our community BBQ! Starting at 3pm, we will have face painting and yard games. Slough Grass will be playing from 4pm - 6pm. We will be serving all the BBQ favorites, including hot dogs, brats, burgers, corn on the cob, chips & potato salad. No cost to attend. Free will donations are welcome and will be used for resident enrichment programs. We thank you in advance for your generosity and for joining us for a fun evening!