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Summer Concert Series: Muzzie Braun takes stage Thursday

Muzzie Braun

Muzzie Braun

— An Idaho favorite will take center stage at the third Grangeville Summer Concert Series Thursday, July 26.

Muzzie Braun has made a living making music for 40 years. With the help and support of his wife, they have accomplished a lifetime of successes.

Muzzie and JoAnn chose to live in the mountains of central Idaho.

He is quoted as saying, “We were lucky enough to find a special place where we could raise our family, I could write my music and conduct business from the comfort of our home.”

Throughput the years, Braun has performed as a solo artist as well as in a variety of bands. He performed with his brothers Gary and Billy as the Braun Brothers in the late ’70s and ’80s. Muzzie and the Boys, (Muzzie and his four sons: Cody, Willy, Gary and Micky) was a success of national proportion that landed them two appearances on the Late Show starring Johnny Carson and a spot with Jay Leno.

He has performed in the Braun Brothers Reunion Festival which is a three-day music festival in Challis, Idaho. He has recorded a dozen albums, including solo projects, recordings with his brothers, his sons and his alter ego, Buck Divot.

He also sometimes accompanies his son’s bands: Reckless Kelly, and Micky and the Motorcars.

Last week’s event with The Hankers from Oaksdale, Wash., drew more than 200 people to the park.

“We love it here in Grangeville – what a great way to start our weekend,” the band’s frontman Keith Niehenke said.

Keith thrilled the crowd with not only his vocals and showmanship, but also his fiddle skills, playing the Orange Blossom Special, Devil Went Down to Georgia and If You’re Going to Play in Texas (You Better Have a Fiddle in the Band) to name a few.

“This man won second place in the nation in the fiddle championships,” bragged his wife, Julie, whose deep, strong vocals were a favorite during the evening as well.

In addition, the duo’s 7-year-old twins played “Boil the Cabbage” on their fiddles to a cheering Grangeville crowd.

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 final concert will feature 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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