Southern Raised and Pastor Mike


It was my great privilege to be able to perform with the very talented Southern Raised Bluegrass band. When I first heard their rendition of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony, I was truly delighted at how they took one of classical music’s greatest symphonies and adapt it to a Bluegrass style. One night, I sat down at my piano in my home studio and began to play a piano part along with their track. Before they came to our 2017 Bethel Homecoming, I asked them if I could play the piano with them when they performed this piece. I’m not sure what their initial reaction was, but they graciously accepted my offer.

We performed this piece twice during our Homecoming, and I think I was more relieved than they were when it went over really well with our audience.

Here is my studio version of Southern Raised and yours truly, performing an Ozark Hillbilly version of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony. I hope Ludwig doesn’t mind!