Riverdell Care Center was alive with Bluegrass and Gospel music by Alan Sibley & The Magnolia Ramblers on Saturday. A packed full house greeted the musicians at 11 a.m. as they began to sing and play for area individuals and the care center’s residents.
“Mississippi native, Alan Sibley, began his career in music playing mandolin with the Legendary First Family of Bluegrass Gospel ‘The Sullivan Family’ in 2001 at the age of 15 During the first four years of his musical career Sibley toured almost continuously and played bluegrass gospel music in 30 states. After leaving ‘The Sullivan Family’ Sibley worked with two of the deep South’s more prominent bluegrass bands, ‘The Larry Wallace Band’ and ‘Jerry and Tammy Sullivan’. After seven years of being a sideman in other groups Sibley decided to form his own band. With musical roots deep in bluegrass and gospel music, Alan Sibley & The Magnolia Ramblers have performed across the United States since 2008,” according to Alan Sibley’s website.
Their travels brought them to Boonville on Saturday as they were greeted with many eager individuals. Many favorites were played, including gospel hymns, that brought old memories back to the residents.
“This was their kind of music that went back to their roots,” Riverdell Care Center Administrator Rhonda Frye said. “The residents fully enjoyed the music, and after they were finished, they wanted to talk to the musicians.”
Of course, they agreed, which provided a personal touch to the one hour and 15 minutes concert.
Frye also added that they plan to come back to play for the care center again. Later that day, they played for a church in Fayette.