Lindley Creek spread bluegrass Christmas cheer

20121213 Lindley-CreekThe Greer Family, who bill themselves as “The family that sticks together and picks together,” is back in the Rio Grande Valley spreading Christmas cheer. While other families enjoy ball games and club meetings, the Greers enjoy music, playing together and traveling.

While Dad and Mom, John and Kathie Greer always enjoyed bluegrass music, the idea of a family band did not come about until their oldest son, Tate, started repeating lyrics from some of the most popular songs. That’s when the Greer’s decided to rethink the kind of music the family was enjoying.

An old banjo was found for Tate and lessons on how to play followed. Based on Tate’s obvious talent, John and Kathie decided he was going to play with or without them so at ages 35 and 33, they began to learn upright acoustic bass and rhythm guitar. For several years they toured as a family band showing off the family’s talents under the name Lindley Creek

While Tate has married, started a family and no longer plays in the band, the younger children, Jase (17) and Katie (15) keep the music going. Jase is a fiddle player while Katie plays mandolin. Even without Tate, the family is now a full-time touring band.

Each member of the family has a strong lead voice and they also harmonize well together. Kathie is a songwriter writing many of the songs they sing.

They have traveled to 21 different states to perform, and have been invited to Canada and Costa Rica. While they share their love for music and families staying together, they also spread the word of God and share their faith that God is in their lives.

The Greers have been performing their Christmas concert throughout the Rio Grande Valley for a week. For those who have not yet heard them The Greers can be seen Dec. 13 at Texas Trails RV Resort in Pharr and Dec. 14 at Winter Haven Village, Pharr (bluegrass) Other upcoming shows include: Dec.15, Wagon City North, Mission; Dec. 16, Citrus Valley RV Park, McAllen; Dec. 17, Texan Mobile Home Park, McAllen; Dec. 18, Park Place Estates, Harlingen; and Dec. 19, VIP La Feria.

After a vacation for Christmas, Lindley Creek will return to the Valley Jan. 17 performing their bluegrass concert at the Port Isabel Park Center; Jan. 19, Isla Blanca Park; Jan. 20, Trophy Gardens, Alamo (6 p.m.) Jan. 23, Twin Palms RV Resort, Rio Hondo; Jan. 24, Sunlight Trailer Park, McAllen; Jan. 25, Fig Tree RV Resort, Harlingen; Jan. 27, First Baptist Church, Los Fresnos; Jan 28, Mission Bell Resort’s Faith, Family Freedom show ($12 advance, $15 at door). All shows are at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

Lindley Creek will be in the Rio Grande Valley through March 24 playing at churches, resorts and other venues throughout the Valley. Look for their show schedule in the Winter Texan Times.

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