The Bonhams

Performing songs they grew up with is The Bonhams during a release party Nov. 11 in Arcadia.

ARCADIA — The Bonhams will hold a release party for their new self-titled CD from 2 to 4 p.m. on Nov. 11 at the Arcadia Round Barn.

The album is made up of “the tunes we grew up with and performed,” said Virgil Bonham of Kingfisher, the mandolin player and a vocalist in the band. His brother, Glen Bonham, of Atoka, sings and plays bass guitar. Their cousin David Bonham, of Oklahoma City, plays lead guitar and sings, and David’s sister, Tina Bonham, of Oklahoma City, provides vocals.

The two sets of siblings have performed bluegrass, gospel and country music since they were teenagers as members of various Oklahoma and Nashville bands. A couple of years ago when they formed The Bonhams, it was the first time the four of them had been together in a band.

Longtime collaborators Mickey Flatt on banjo and Clifford Parrett on bass guitar join The Bonhams on some of the tracks on the album.

Virgil Bonham said the CD includes a tribute to Bill Grant and Delia Bell with the band’s recording of “Roses in the Snow.”  Grant and Bell recorded the song in 1972 with the Kiamichi Mountain Boys, a southeast Oklahoma bluegrass band that Virgil and Glen Bonham once played with. In 1980 the song became a hit record for Emmylou Harris.

“This is our first project together and something we always wanted to do,” Virgil Bonham said of the CD.

The band will perform from in the loft of the Arcadia Round Barn, which is six miles east of U.S. Interstate 35 on Historical Route 66. Admission is free but donations will be accepted for the maintenance of the barn, which is owned and operated by the Arcadia Preservation and Historical Society. The Round Barn museum is open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Round Barn Rendezvous musical jam sessions typically held on the second Sunday afternoon of the month will not take place in November or December. The Round Barn has invited a lineup of musical guests to perform Christmas music during its annual holiday party on Dec. 9.  The jam sessions will return starting in January. 

For more information about live music at the Arcadia Round Barn, call Joe Baxter at 405-833-1350.

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