Track #11 - "Let Freedom and Banjos Ring"
Emily Dowden (February)
Emily Dowden is an old time/folk/bluegrass musician who was first intrigued with the banjo as a little kid watching Grandpa Jones on "Hee-Haw" re-runs. She started playing clawhammer styled banjo at age 10. Her two older sisters were already playing fiddle and guitar, so it was a perfect fit. They formed a band called the “Dowden Sisters” and played music together for the next 15 years, touring for most of those years. They lived in Mountain View, Arkansas - the Folk Music Capital of the World - and Asheville, North Carolina. After they disbanded, Dowden moved back to home state of Missouri, where she pursued education, worked in radio and other jobs, and began married life. She currently works at Palen Music Center giving banjo, guitar, and ukulele lessons, as well as in Branson at the Vacation Channel as their “Watch Us First” coordinator and on-air talent. She plays music with “The Emily Dowden Band” part-time, and also does some modeling and acting on the side. She writes music and is also writing a novel and children’s book.
Photo by Danny Wilson