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Debut EP
Out NoW!

"...moves between rowdy, bluegrass rippers to warmhearted ballads with a classic country feel."

- OC Weekly



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. 

Raised on the plains of Wichita, Kansas and trained on five-string banjo in the hills of Appalachia and seaside of Long Beach, CA, Katie Jo has melded her windswept country roots with the breezy notes of the Southern California country scene. 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. Within just a few months of forming, the group was playing the 2017 Long Beach Folk Festival, the Laguna Beach Fete de la Musique and gigging regularly at well-known honky tonks and clubs through the Los Angeles area.

The band's first release, "Prairie Flower" (March 2018), highlighted four original songs written by Oberthaler ranging from modern bluegrass foot-stompers  to traditional country ballads focused on introspective lyricism. With a boisterous sound often unexpected from a diminutive female band leader, the release garnered the group a strong local following and acclaim. The OC Weekly notes, "Throughout their journey as a blossoming bluegrass-inspired country band, they’ve aligned with musicians that helped shape their sound and carve out a path in the niche music scene." 

In 2018, Katie was chosen as "Miss August" for the Banjo Babes Calendar project, which showcases 12 professional-level female banjo players across the globe. When she is not playing with the Mijos, you can also find her moonlighting on banjo with other well-known local country artists such as The Ponderosa Aces and the Andy Rau Band.

Katie Jo & The Mijos are Katie Oberthaler (guitar, banjo, songwriting) with a rotating lineup that includes Billy Camacho (lead guitar), George Madrid (pedal steel), Daniel Chavez (bass) and John Villaneuva and Nick Medina (drums).

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The Long Beach Folk Revival Festival, The Laguna Beach Fete de la Musique, Pearl's BBQ, Harvelle's, The Viper Room, The Escondite, The Pike Bar, The Boathouse Collective, Mother's Tavern and more!  


"...moves between rowdy, bluegrass rippers to warmhearted ballads with a classic country feel." -- OC Weekly

'A collection of 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

Get "Prairie Flower" on Bandcamp and iTunes

Listen on Spotify!


"Prairie Flower" Live @ The Pike BAR

"Good Luck Enough" Acoustic Live

"Second Street Sessions" In-Studio 

"Little Bird" Acoustic Live