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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


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


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


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


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

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  • 2024

    2024 Concert Schedule

  • 08/15/24 05:00pm

    Arc Heathcare Chillicothe - outdoor festival

    Free Outdoor Bluegrass Concert – open to public

  • 07/13/24 06:00pm

    Midsummer Gospel Bluegrass Concert - Chillicothe Bible Church

    Free Gospel Bluegrass Concert at Chillicothe Bible Church

  • 03/19/24 01:00pm

    Saxony Court Sr Living - E Peoria

    Bluegrass/Gospel  Concert at:

    500 Centennial Dr
    East Peoria, IL 61611

  • 2023

    Past Concerts

  • 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.

  • 11/18/23 04:00pm

    Christmas Carols at Chillicothe City Park

    Come Light the Christmas Tree and sing along with the Mountain Men!

  • 11/19/23 02:00pm

    Christmas Carols at Krogers Chillicothe

    Playing Christmas Carols for  Chillicothe Community Needs Agency

  • 12/01/23 03:00pm

    Christmas Concert - Washington Supportive Living Senior Home

  • 12/12/23 02:00pm

    Christmas Concert - Pleasant View Lutheran - Ottawa

    Bluegrass Christmas Concert

  • 12/20/23 06:30pm

    Christmas Concert - Chillicothe Bible Church

    Bluegrass Christmas Concert