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Big Grass Bluegrass Festival: Pam Sester Band, Casey Penn Band, & Sylamore Special

July 20 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


The Pam Setser Band

​It all began with her family.  “I started singing when I was 5 years old,” Pam recalls. “My dad was already playing some guitar; mom played some autoharp…so we started playing as a family band, The Simmons Family.”  She feels blessed to have been able to play music with her parents.  “I am the youngest of four children, so music was a great outlet for me to see places I wouldn’t have experienced otherwise,” Pam says. “We had lots of fun and adventures together, and I treasure those memories.”  Pam also sang in church. “My grandpa was a Baptist preacher,” Pam says, “so the church was and still is a part of my life.”

Pam adds to her musical memories with the current lineup of groups she performs with; The Pam Setser Band, Apple & Setser, Leatherwoods, and Ozark Granny Chicks. She also performs as a solo artist.  And today, Pam’s newest album, Now, reflects her life in music. It is an Americana mix of folk, bluegrass, gospel, 1930s swing, and country.

The Casey Penn Band

Based in Central Arkansas, Casey Penn is an Arkansas Country Music Award-nominated songwriter and a performing bluegrass and Americana artist. Her newest single, “We Go Together Like a Guitar and a Fiddle” is available now and is climbing the Bluegrass Unlimited Top 30 charts. Her full album is climbing the Top 15 Album Chart for Bluegrass Unlimited as well.

Casey is a former founding member of the Americana duo Lee Street Lyrical. Now dissolved, the band was signed to MFM’s Travianna Records and was a repeat ACMA nominee for Acoustic Act of the Year. The LSL release, “I’ll Never Be a Mountain Girl,” written by Penn and Irene Kelley, reached #8 on Bluegrass Today’s Weekly Grassicana chart.

Sylamore Special

Based in Mountain View, Arkansas, this energetic and virtuosic five-piece bluegrass band has been nominated for three Arkansas Country Music Awards and yet they’ve only been together for three years. The band consists of siblings Mary (fiddle and vocals) and Gordon (mandolin) Parker, Turner Atwell (guitar), LillyAnne McCool (banjo), and her mother Crystal McCool (upright bass).

Sylamore Special came together almost by accident. In 2021, Mary decided to put together a band to compete in a competition at Silver Dollar City – an amusement park in Branson, Missouri – called the KSMU Youth in Bluegrass Band Contest. That summer, she and a few friends started to practice for the competition. A month later, they won first place.

They had so much fun playing together that they decided to continue. In the years since, they’ve played at a number of venues in the Ozarks and around the country. Sylamore Special recently release their first single, “This Old Barn.”


July 20
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Collins Theatre
120 W Emerson St
Paragould, Arkansas 72450 US
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