"PRAIRIE FLOWER" EP OUT Now!
"..moves between rowdy, bluegrass rippers to warmhearted ballads with a classic country feel." - OC Weekly
"A collection songs that will get your boots stomping and head bobbing to a mix of modern bluegrass reflections on country living in the middle of the big city." - Long Beach Press Telegram
“The mix of uptempo, honky-tonk numbers and introspective ballads are based on personal narratives and give off a friendly, good-time vibe." - Long Beach Post
LONG BEACH, CA
FOR FANS OF
PATTY LOVELESS, TANYA TUCKER, DWIGHT YOAKAM
Gigs & ACCOLADES
Banjo Babe Calendar Artist (2018)
Long Beach Folk Revival Festival (2017)
Long Beach Music Collective Compilation Artist (2017)
The Viper Room (2018)
The Escondite (2018)
Alex's Bar (2018)
Mother’s Tavern (2018, 2017)
Harvelle’s (2017, 2016)
Katie Jo Oberthaler (Songwriting, Guitar, Banjo)
Billy Camacho (Lead Guitar)
Andy Rau (Banjo)
George Madrid (Pedal Steel)
Daniel Chavez (Bass)
Nick Medina (Drums)
"Prairie Flower" EP - March 9, 2018
Long Beach boot stompers Katie Jo & The Mijos play bluegrass-infused California country music with a Kansas kick.
Led by front woman, banjo-ista and songwriter Katie Jo Oberthaler, Long-Beach, CA-based Katie Jo & The Mijos play bluegrass-infused honky tonk fit for a roadhouse hoedown with lyrics as tender as the partner you’d dance with. A proficient banjo player and songwriter, Katie Jo's friendly, front porch vibe, whip-fast picking and introspective writing create songs that'll grab your ear, heart and dancing boots.
Led by front woman, banjo-ista and songwriter Katie Jo Oberthaler, Long-Beach, CA-based Katie Jo & The Mijos play bluegrass-infused honky tonk fit for a roadhouse hoedown with lyrics as tender as the partner you’d dance with. The band’s friendly, front porch vibe, whip-fast picking and introspective songwriting create songs that'll grab your ear, heart and dancing boots.
A Wichita, Kansas native and proficient banjo picker ("2018 Banjo Babe Calendar" artist), Oberthaler began playing five-string banjo after attending the Walnut Valley Bluegrass Festival in her early 20s. An AmeriCorps stint in Appalachian region solidified her bluegrass training, and when her day job in tech took her to California, she quickly joined up the bluegrass and songwriting circles in the LA region.
In 2016, she started Katie Jo & The Mijos to blend her extensive training in bluegrass music with her love of classic country songwriting...and frankly because she was tired of the boys having all the fun at the local honky tonks! Performing along with Oberthaler, the Mijos are Billy Camacho on electric guitar, George Madrid on pedal steel, Andy Rau on banjo, Daniel Chavez on bass and Nick Medina on drums.
The early success of the band’s live shows propelled them to be selected as the featured local act at the 2017 Long Beach Folk Revival Festival and gigs at well-known clubs through the Los Angeles and Orange County areas such as the The Viper Room, Harvelle’s and Alex's Bar.
DOWNLOAD MP3s & LYRICS
- All My Money's on the Highway | MP3 | LYRICS
- Prairie Flower | MP3 | LYRICS
- Pawnshop Queen | MP3 | LYRICS
- Crooked Lies | MP3 |
All song written by Katie Jo Oberthaler (ASCAP) Copyright 2018
Tracks 1 and 2 were recorded and mixed by Louis Conway of Till Death Studios in Hollywood, California. Tracks 3 and 4 were recorded and mixed by Long Beach musician and producer Kirk Jordan.
All tracks were mastered by Brian Frederick of Hybrid Studios in Costa Mesa, CA.
Prairie Flower is the group’s first independent EP release and melds Oberthaler’s windswept Kansas roots with the breezy sounds of the California country scene. The 4-song release covers ground with both boot-stomping bluegrass rompers to mournful country ballads, letting Oberthaler’s songwriting skill and clear study of roots music shine.
“All My Money’s on the Highway” was inspired by the song “Asheville Turnaround” by The Del McCoury Band, one of Oberthaler’s primary influences and mixes a campy bluegrass vibe with a more cynical story of what it’s like to try to date in LA. Title track “Prairie Flower” is a swaying two-step number that chronicles a desire to leave one’s rural roots for more exciting experiences and was derived from the 1930s song by The Two Leslies, “I’m a Little Prairie Flower.” Acoustic ballad “Pawn Shop Queen” laments the castaways of past relationships, backed by a mournful accordion drone and melodic fingerpicking. “Crooked Lies” takes rumors head-on in a country stomper accented with organs and chorus-lifting harmonies.
In 2018, Katie Jo & The Mijos plan to support the release by expanding their footprint across the LA region and California country scene!
GENERAL & PRESS inquiries, booking, licensinG
CONTACT KATIE JO OBERTHALER | 562-357-8551 | firstname.lastname@example.org