Meet the Blondies

 Hallie Amos is 17 years old, currently a Senior at Ottumwa High School, plays fiddle, mandolin, and  guitar. Sings lead, soprano, alto, baritone. Hallie is interested in becoming a nurse when she gets out of school and is preparing to attend Indian Hills Community College in the fall. Hobbies include binge watching the TV Sitcom “Friends”, fashion shopping, and chasing her puppy Sadie with her Beau, Matt Polson. Bluegrass inspirations – The Isaacs, Allison Krauss and Union Station, Dailey&Vincent, The Harper Family, The Punches Family,  and Rhonda Vincent. Country inspirations -  Reba McIntire (huge fan), Brad Paisley. Favorite places: Gatlinburg, TN; Silver Dollar City/Branson, MO; Chicago, IL. Fiddle of choice: Jackson Guldane w / La Salle Carbon Fiber bow. Hallie proudly endorses The Bluegrass Shack, purveyors of the finest fiddles and accessories, and custom leather jewelry by Dan’s Saddle, Tack, Leather Shack.

 

Bethany Amos is 21, currently a Senior at the University of Northern Iowa for a secondary education – mathemetics major. Bethany plays mandolin, fiddle, dobro, guitar, jazz bass and piano. Bethany sings lead, soprano, and high baritone.  Hobbies include photography, cake decorating, anything art/craft. Bethany is currently engaged to Le Martin of the Bluegrass Martins, and they are planning an October 2020 wedding. Bluegrass inspirations – The Isaacs, Alecia Nugent, Rhonda Vincent, Dailey&Vincent, The Harper’s, The Punches Family, and The Bankester Family. Country inspirations -  Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley. Favorite places: Gatlinburg, TN; Silver Dollar City/Branson, MO; Orlando, FL. Mandolin  of choice: Hinde Custom Mandolins. Bethany proudly endorses  Blue Chip Picks and Dan Clemons Custom Straps dba: Dan’s Saddle, Tack, Leather Shack.

 Dawn Amos, the literal “producer” of the Bluegrass Blondies, has taught second grade at Douma Elementary school for 28 years. She is an awesome cook, seamstress, gardner, and household manager. Dawn plays bass and sings with the Bluegrass Blondies. She enjoys sewing, scrapbooking, crocheting, and she owns/manages her own business – Dawnz Bags, a “Thirty-One” dealer. Dawn is an avid race fan and enjoys attending NASCAR races and Iowa Hawkeye football games with her brothers. Dawn is active in the church, teaching Sunday school, VBS, cooking at various Bible Camps, sewing care bags for missions, and many other duties of an Elder’s wife. Bluegrass inspirations – The Isaacs,  New Found Road, Barry Scott & Second Wind and Rhonda Vincent. Country/Christian inspirations -  Rascal Flatts, Darius Rucker, Brad Paisley, For King and Country, Casting Crowns, and Mercy Me.  Favorite places: Gatlinburg, TN; Silver Dollar City/Branson, MO; Bristol, TN; Rocky Mountain National Park. Bass of choice: Englehart ¾ upright bass. Dawn endorses Johnson&Johnson paper tape for blistered fingers. 

 Scott Amos began his entertainment career in 1st grade, as a class clown, sacrificing honor, dignity and respect for the entertainment of others. This experience inevitably prepared him for the role as a banjo player. Now, a 37 year veteran of the performing arts, Scott’s resume includes performing with the Country Bluegrass Express (1985 - 1987), String Fever (1987-1991), a 20 year stint as the banjoist and MC for Bluegrass Addiction (1991-2011), 25 years as bassist/guitarist for the Glen Klyn Dance Band (1985-2010), as well as current projects as banjoist and consultant for The Bluegrass Blondies AKA The Amos Family Band (2008 – current). As a promoter of Bluegrass and Acoustic Music, Scott is active in providing consulting services to acoustic music promoters/music events,  as well as  instructing guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, dobro, bass, and vocal training to interested beginners across Southeast Iowa. 

Recognitions include BMAI Banjo player of the Year 2017, and Iowa Bluegrass Hall of Fame inductee 2015.  Banjo of choice: Stelling 5-string Bellflower. Scott endorses Blue Chip Picks, Showcase 41 finger picks, D’Addario strings, and Dan Clemons Custom Straps dba: Dan’s Saddle, Tack, Leather Shack.

Taylor (Amos) Robinson is 25, teaching math at Evans Middle School in Ottumwa.  Taylor plays guitar; sings lead, alto, soprano, high baritone.  She enjoys songwriting and is currently writing her 33rd song – many of which the Bluegrass Blondies perform at shows.  Hobbies include playing church league volleyball, yoga, arts/crafts, and chasing husband Gage and their 18 month old daughter, Emily. Bluegrass inspirations: Kenny and Amanda Smith, Allison Krauss and Union Station, The Isaacs, The Next Best Thing, Dailey&Vincent, The Harper’s, The Punches Family, and The Bankester Family. Country inspirations:  Alan Jackson, Garth Brooks, Brad Paisley, and Carrie Underwood. Favorite places: Gatlinburg, TN; Silver Dollar City/Branson, MO; Backbone State Park/Strawberry Point, IA. Guitar  of choice: Martin D-15 Custom. Taylor proudly endorses  Blue Chip Picks, Martin SP Lifespan Medium Strings and Dan Clemons Custom Straps dba: Dan’s Saddle, Tack, Leather Shack. Recognitions include 2018 BMAI Songwriter of the Year.

 
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