FUMC features 5th Sunday Gospel Singing

On Sunday, January 29 at 6 p.m. the First United Methodist Church at 305 W. Henderson in Jefferson featuring the “Bitter Creek Bluegrass Band” for entertainment.

They will be holding a Chili Supper prior to the concert at 5:00 p.m.


Bitter Creek Band was formed about 2010, when old friends got back together and started playing bluegrass again. Tom Mundheim, guitar player and lead vocalist, and Larry Shoemaker, banjo and vocals, began playing together in the 1970’s. They were later joined by Jerry Shoemaker on bass and vocals. Jerry and Larry were part of a family band in the 1980’s called the Shoemakers, and played venues in Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, and Oklahoma. Bryan Shoemaker, playing mandolin and singing vocals, was also in that family band in the 1980’s, along with his sister Kristi. In 1990, Larry and Jerry moved to Rhode Island and became part of the Cowtippers, a band based and playing venues in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut. Upon returning to Texas in 2001, they reformed the family band under the name Grass Notes, and played festival venues, and local church events along with a family sponsored venue called the ‘Barn Thang’ in Collinsville, Texas.


Since Tom lived on Bitter Creek Road in Red River, New Mexico, it was only fitting to name the band Bitter Creek. As a three piece band, Bitter Creek was the first band to play on the first Red River Festival, and has played every festival since. Bryan joins the band this year with stellar mandolin and singing. He is a talented musician, who plays fiddle, mandolin and guitar.


Bitter Creek plays lots of traditional and contemporary bluegrass and gospel, without getting too far out in the weeds. They love good music and fun.


First United Methodist Church

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