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About Us

Motto : We play for food!

The Mountain Men are a group of Christian men from the Chillicothe/Lacon Illinois area who love to play Bluegrass,Gospel & Traditional music.

Bluegrass Style Vocals,Banjo,Fiddle/Violin,Mandolin,Upright Bass and Guitar

Band Members

Mike Denny

Mike Denny

Guitar & Mandolin

Mike has traveled the world in pro rock bands in his previous life - you may know him from bands such as "Say Uncle", "Tora Tora" or "Skeleton Crew". Mike is now our number one Mandolin player - and he can make "The Gibson" sing!

John Heffron

John Heffron

Guitar & Vocals

John plays great rhythms and always has an infectious smile. One of his full-time jobs is as the director of the Crossword Cafe - a Church-sponsored youth coffee house in Chillicothe. Favorite food - Fedora’s Potato Pizza. He once took an International tour - where he played in real Irish Pubs!

Ray Crow

Ray Crow

Mandolin & Guitar

Ray Crow is our newest member. He hails from Canton. Ray is multi talented - he sings, writes songs and plays anything with strings!
His specialty is guitar, vocals and Mandolin!

Dave Lawson

Dave Lawson

Vocals

Dave has a rich deep voice as our lead vocalist. He was instrumental in the formation of the band. Way back in the 80’s he took Rick to Branson where he was inspired to learn the banjo which led to the formation of the Mountain Men. Little did he know...

Jim Mayberry

Jim Mayberry

Guitar & Mandolin

Jim has been a recent blessing to the band to add to our rhythm section on guitar – and he can sing and pick a mandolin too!

Durwin Nigus

Durwin Nigus

Bass

Durwin Nigus is our main bass player. He is largely responsible for keeping us on time. We are so thankful for the rich tones of his low bass notes which fills out the sound pallet of a bunch of high squeaky instruments!

Harvey Oltman

Harvey Oltman

Fiddle

Harvey is our award-winning fiddle player. Wisdom from Harv - "you store a violin in a padded case but you just hang a fiddle on a nail".

Rick Rosetto

Rick Rosetto

Banjo

Favorite movie - "Oh Brother Where Art Thou".
Super Power - He can clear a crowded room using only a banjo.

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  • 05/17/23 02:00pm

    Heritage Health - Chillicothe

  • 05/29/23 10:00am

    Memorial Day Service - Blue Ridge Church

    Community Memorial Day Service  10-11 AM

  • 06/03/23 11:00am

    Chillicothe City Park - St Jude Runs

    Fundraiser for St Jude. Playing at 11am at the bandstand in City Park on 2nd street.

  • 06/16/23 03:00pm

    Washington Supportive Living

  • 07/22/23 06:30pm

    Lakeland Community Church - Canton

    Bluegrass Gospel Music – Free Concert – open to public!

  • 09/09/23 03:00pm:

    Canceled - Evergreen Senior Living - Chillicothe

    Sorry folks – had to cancel

    Bluegrass Gospel Music – Free Concert – open to public!

  • 09/14/23 05:00pm

    Autumn Market - Chillicothe Library

    Bluegrass Gospel Music – Free Concert – open to public!

  • 10/03/23 02:00pm

    Heritage (ARC) Senior care

    Concert from 2-3pm

  • 11/14/23 01:00pm

    St Jude kids at OSF

    Private performance for kids and staff at the OSF St Jude affiliate in Peoria.

  • 12/01/23 03:00pm

    Christmas Concert - Washington Supportive Living Senior Home

  • 12/21/23 06:30pm

    Christmas Concert - Chillicothe Bible Church

    Annual Bluegrass Christmas Concert – Free Concert – open to public!