Bluegrastronauts Band

“…people buzzed with anticipation for the start of the show. It was already clear this wasn’t going to be like most concerts…”


As featured on NPR’s Mountain Stage Radio Show, The Matchsellers’ Bluegrastronauts is the world’s first outer-space bluegrass odyssey. Mixing elements of tall tales, theater, science fiction and bluegrass, the Bluegrastonauts show isn’t quite like anything you’ve ever seen. Dressed as space travelers from the year 2437, the band takes audiences through a musical “history of the future”, including a first-hand account of the Apocalypse of 2137, the subsequent colonization of the moon, and the dangers of playing hopscotch in deep space. The show reaches the heights of absurdity while confronting deeply humanist issues of love, disillusionment, and mortality. Prepare to travel through space and old-time with one of the most unique and ambitious acts in acoustic music today.





The Matchsellers’ 4-piece is old-time in outer space. It’s a far away galaxy as close as your first cousin. It’s a 100,000-mile-an-hour horse and buggy. Since 2013, Andrew Morris and Julie Bates, better known as the Matchsellers, have traveled the US and Europe developing their style of off the wall bluegrass & old-time music. In 2017 they began collaborating with two of the Midwest’s finest musicians, Chad Graves and Betsey Mae. Graves is one of the country’s top dobro players and has been featured in high-profile publications such as Rolling Stone, The Bluegrass Situation and others. Mae is a sought after bassist from Lakin, KS. Together the 4-piece combines absurdity, authenticity and excellent musicianship to create a performance that is representative of the present age: They are pleasantly stuck between the years gone-by and those to come.


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Oct 19 Ozark Folk Center, Mountain View, AR
Oct 20-21 Pioneer Heritage Days, Warsaw, MO
**Nov 15 House Show, Conway, AR
**Nov 16 Mercury Lounge, Tulsa, OK
**Nov 17 TBA Arlington, TX
**Nov 18 Winter Wind, Norman, OK
**3-piece w/ Betsey Mae