Led by front-woman, banjo player, songwriter and Kansas native 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.
Prairie Flower is the group’s first independent EP release (March 2018) 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 Los Angeles. 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.