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Members of Kentucky Blend from left to right, Greg Clark, Becky Dunkel and Charlie Chase.

Old time country, blues, bluegrass and folk music will fuse together with this week’s Music in the Park feature, Kentucky Blend.

Kentucky Blend, which describes itself as “an acoustic project focused on playing songs from a variety of influences” is comprised of three members: Becky Dunkel on vocals and guitar, Charlie Chase on guitar and Greg Clark on bass.

Each member has been playing for years. Dunkel learned to play guitar as a child and was performing folk music professionally by the time she was 18. She paused to raise a family and returned to music when she moved to Grants Pass in 2005. Chase began playing in the 1960s and has been a member of such Rogue Valley bands as Chase’n the Blues and The Mixers. Clark started on the washtub bass, which he describes as not a “’cool’ instrument in those days.

“We offer a variety of songs, from Hank to Zepplin, all done in our own special way,” boasts their Facebook. They list many influences and include the likes of Elvis Presley, Bruce Springsteen, The Grateful Dead and The Rolling Stones as currently included in their repertoire.

The trio has played at venues and festivals all over Southern Oregon.

Kentucky Blend will take the stage beginning at 6 p.m. at Myrtle Creek’s Millsite Park. The concert is free. Pets are permitted, if kept under control and cleaned up after.

Several local businesses may remain open late to accommodate those attending the concerts. Food will be available for purchase from vendors on site.

Erica Welch is a community reporter for The News-Review. She can be reached at ewelch@nrtoday.com or 541-957-4218.

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Erica Welch is a community reporter for The News-Review. She can be reached at ewelch@nrtoday.com or 541-957-4218.

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