Join us for a gathering of some of Albion fiddler Dennis Stroughmatt’s country music friends for a safe and fun musical evening, taking place at the Edwards County Exhibition Hall in Albion this Saturday evening, Aug. 15, from 5-9 p.m. (or later). There is a $10 suggested donation at the door.

The event will include musicians in three ensembles from southern Illinois,  central Illinois and southern Indiana including “Dennis Stroughmatt’s Honky-Tonk Circus,” “The Swing’n’Country Band,” with Cord Fitch, Mark Fitch, Dow Smith and guest Jerry Mayo as well as former Johnny Paycheck steel guitarist, “Paul Carie and Friends.” 

The big doors will remain open for airflow and to give attendees the opportunity to sit outside if they choose (bring your own chairs), and if weather permits, for social distancing. Social distancing in and outside the Exhibition Hall will be encouraged along with having a good time! There will be space for dancing, as well.

Food will be available from Drew Bunting’s “The Smokin’ Pig” BBQ concession on site for the event. 

20 percent of the evening’s suggested donation proceeds will provide support for the Albion Grade School band. 

This event will be filmed for a planned documentary on southern Illinois and southern Indiana country music plus potential airing on television.  

Dennis Stroughmatt’s new CD release “The Same Old Me” by Heart of Texas Records was the No. 1 album in July on the Independent Country charts in the United States and Europe. The radio play information is monitored by Indie Express based on more than 300 independent country radio stations worldwide.  Stroughmatt’s album is still currently No. 2 on the charts and can be found at