By: Ellen Haygood | Mar 7, 2017

Winter Season Comes to an End

It’s March!  Wow!  It’s hard to believe the winter season has come and gone. We just finished our first weekend of the regular season schedule of Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 5 PM. During January and February, we worked up a lot of new songs and even a new acapella.  The winter season was a challenge as we juggled learning the new show and adjusting to Katie’s temporary absence.  We now feel like we have found our groove with Julianne on fiddle and singing on most songs, and we have loved having Get It Mama back on stage with us.

All About That Bass

The first three-show weekend at the IMAX was another juggling act!  Our bass player, Eric Green, took the weekend off to be a part of College of the Ozark’s spring production, Meet Me in St. Louis. A big thanks goes out to our dear friend, Kyle Barnard, who filled in on bass Friday night. We first met Kyle when he was guitarist and lead singer for the Sherman Mountain Boys , the winning band in the 2012 Youth in Bluegrass Contest at Silver Dollar City.

Saturday and Sunday was a special treat for us because our dad came back to the stage to play bass in the family band.  It was fun to perform with both of our parents again. There will always be something sweet about playing music as a family and we are so grateful to have bluegrass and gospel music to bring us all together.

Spring Break!

I don’t think anyone in the Petersen family knows what the word “break” actually means. While most Branson shows close down during the winter season, since 2010 we have kept playing through the winter.  We had to go to school anyway, so why not?!?

One of the perks of being in school is the glorious week in March called Spring Break. Ellen is currently in graduate school at Missouri State University earning her Master of Business Administration with a graduate certificate in marketing. She will be traveling to Cuba for 10 days for her international marketing credits. As entertaining as “The Matt and Julianne Show” could be, the band as a whole vetoed that idea, so there will be no shows for the middle weekends in March while Ellen is out of country.

Spring Show Schedule

Our show will resume the last weekend of March and stay strong until our tour to Ireland in July. Be sure to check our Tour Dates tab to have the most up-to-date show schedule and information.

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Ellen Haygood

Ellen puts her master’s degree in marketing to work serving as the band’s full-time marketer. She also sings and plays banjo, which she did on season 14 of American Idol, making it all the way to the top 48. In January of 2020, Ellen married Michael Haygood of The Haygoods, another performing family in Branson.

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