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The Hankers to perform at Thursday Summer Concert Series

Wash. State band a blend of country, rock, blues

The Hankers are a dynamic country, southern rock, and blues band.

The Hankers are a dynamic country, southern rock, and blues band.

— For those who like country, country rock, southern rock, blues and honky-tonk – prepare to be entertained. The Hankers will slide on for the second in the Grangeville Summer Concert Series Thursday, July 19.

The Hankers, from Oasksdale, Wash., are a dynamic country, southern rock, and blues band who expertly blends extraordinary vocals with a powerhouse of instrumental talent that not only promises to entertain, but will also have the audience “hankerin’” for more.

Nationally renowned fiddler, and front man, Keith Niehenke, has been sharing his musical talents for more than 25 years. He has performed all over the United States, Canada, and Europe, opening for numerous acts including Chris LeDoux, Blake Shelton, Trace-Adkins, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Charlie Daniels, Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, Montgomery Gentry, Brooks and Dunn, Lee Ann Womack, Reba McEntire, Collin Raye, Joan Jett, Big and Rich, Gretchen Wilson and Terri Clark.

Not only does he play fiddle, but also guitar, mandolin, banjo and harmonica player.

Joining him as vocalist is lead singer Julie Layne Niehenke. Lead guitarist is Greg Stephens, bass player is Seth Humphrey, and Gary Hassler is on drums.

Last week’s event with local group Vintage Youth drew a crowd, starting off the summer series.

Concerts are held each Thursday night, 6 p.m., in the Grangeville Pioneer (city) Park. Bring your own lawn chairs, blankets and picnic dinner. Dogs are not allowed in the park. Donations will be taken to help with costs of the series. Grangeville Farmers’ Market vendors will be there selling a variety of items during the concert.

The third concert July 26 will showcase Muzzie Braun out of Stanley, and the series will end with Dodgy Mountain Men from Missoula on Aug. 2.

The series is sponsored by Grangeville Arts, Inc., and the Grangeville Chamber of Commerce.


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