“Bluegrass has brought more people together and made more friends than any music in the world. You meet people at festivals and renew acquaintances year after year.”
— Bill Monroe
The Sloughgrass band has evolved over the years as the children have grown up and moved to different parts of the country as professional musicians and grandma Audrey has passed away. Now Sloughgrass is the "leftover" four parents and often guest musicians. The group feels very blessed to still be able to make music together and share it with others. When the band plays now, it is in configurations involving Judith Nelson on vocals, rhythm guitar and fiddle, Soren Olesen on guitar, mandolin and vocals, Christine Hultman on banjo and vocals, and Joe Olson on the dog-house bass. The band's music is a blend of Judith's original songs, bluegrass, country, Americana and gospel tunes. Sloughgrass plays at all sorts of venues throughout Minnesota and neighboring states. The band even performed once overseas in Denmark. Over the years the Sloughgrass family band recorded three CD's and a Prairie Public PBS TV show and made numerous appearances on the radio when the kids were little. Once their music was played on the radio in Sweden. When available, these other musicians join the band: David Hultman on vocals and rhythm guitar, Sofia Olesen on fiddle and mandolin, Holger Olesen on dobro, Molly Yates on banjo, Gary Hooker on dobro and lead guitar, Brian Parmeter, Lou Murray, Rory Ellingson, Kendra Schmidt or Delane Baumchen on bass and Craig Schmidt on drums. All the new players in the band have numerous years of experience touring and performing with professional bands and are all a great addition to the Sloughgrass band when they join the show.