Kenny Putnam, Tom Schaefer and Owen DeJong are fiddling friends who have known each other for some forty years. Kenny Putnam is a member of the legendary Red Willow Band and toured the country as a member of Roy Clark’s band. Tom Schaefer is a former South Dakota State Fiddle Champion and a member of several regional bands. Owen DeJong plays around the state with the Poker Alice Band and the Public Domain Tune Band. He’s also host of SDPB’s Morning Classics. The three are performing together on Saturday at the Fiddles and Friends concert at StrawbaleWinery near Renner on Saturday, August 22nd. Proeeds benefit Friends of South Dakota Public Broadcasting.
Kenny Putam joined Dakota Midday from Rapid City and Owen DeJong from Vermillion. During the program they made history with what was likely the first live radio fiddle duet from two opposite sides of the state.