May 15 Happy Birthday “Bekah” Burie

Happy Birthday Rebekah “Bekah” Burie, born May 15, 1995, plays fiddle and is a vocal with The Burie Family, a young group from southeastern Wisconsin. Over the last few years they have received several awards: WAMI Christian/Gospel Artist of the Year award in 2012, consecutive 4th and 3rd place wins at the KSMU National Youth in Bluegrass Band Competition in Branson, MO, and being selected to perform at the 2014 International Bluegrass Music Association’s annual convention in Raleigh, NC.

About the author

I enjoy researching Bluegrass, Bluegrass Gospel, and Country birthdays, anniversaries and interesting trivia dates. I am a piano/organ performance major who has taught privately and served as church accompanist since 1968 in North Carolina and Central Kentucky. Although classically trained, I appreciate all genres of music. My mother, who was also a church musician and taught public school music grades K-12, knew that Bluegrass music was the purest American music. She always introduced her students to this fine genre and began my musical studies with her at age 2. Bach to Berachah Valley, Mozart to Jimmy Martin, Sibelius to Stanley Brothers, the list goes on, I hope you find some moments of enjoyment and learn a few interesting facts along the way.
I am thankful for the many resources we have at our fingertips including Google. FaceBook and BluegrassBios by Wayne Rice. It was he who inspired me to tackle the task of trying to pass on knowledge about Bluegrass music. Thanks Wayne~!
Lou Ellen Wilkie

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