NO GRASS LIMIT BIO

MBOTMA (Minnesota Bluegrass and Old Time Music Association)

Race for a Place 1st place winners No Grass Limit.

No Grass Limit is honored to win 7 of 13 nominations for the 41st Annual SPBGMA Bluegrass Music Awards Mid-West Convention Jefferson City, MO.

Bluegrass Songwriter of the Year - Sandi Millar

Bluegrass Album of the Year -“Originals” – No Grass Limit – Universe Unlimited

Guitar Performer of the Year - Clint Birtzer

Mandolin Performer of the Year - Chuck Millar

Banjo Performer of the Year - Mike Hedding

Bluegrass Band of the Year (Contemporary) - No Grass Limit

Vocal Group of the Year - No Grass Limit

No Grass Limit gets nominated for 13 awards for the 41st Annual SPBGMA Bluegrass Music Awards Mid-West Convention Jefferson City, MO.

Bluegrass Songwriter of the Year - Sandi Millar

Bluegrass Album of the Year -“Originals” – No Grass Limit – Universe Unlimited

Guitar Performer of the Year - Clint Birtzer

Mandolin Performer of the Year - Chuck Millar

Banjo Performer of the Year - Mike Hedding

Fiddle Performer of the Year - Chuck Millar

Female Vocalist of the Year (Contemporary) - Sandi Millar

Male Vocalist of the Year (Contemporary) - Chuck Millar

Male Vocalist of the Year (Traditional) - Clint Birtzer

Bluegrass Band of the Year (Contemporary) - No Grass Limit

Vocal Group of the Year - No Grass Limit

Instrumental Group of the Year - No Grass Limit

Entertainer of the Year - Chuck Millar

THE BAND

No Grass Limit

There is no limit to No Grass Limit.  This 5-piece band was formed in June of 2011, and they were only 4 months into the process of playing together when they took 1st place at the MBOTMA (Minnesota Bluegrass and Old Time Music Association) Race for a Place band contest.  Ranging from bluegrass, folk, americana, gospel and traditional music No Grass Limit puts on an electric performance that you will not want to miss.  Members include award winning duet, songwriters and owners of Lesson Pros, Chuck and Sandi Millar, 3 time MN Flatpicking Champion Clint Birtzer, the nicest guy you will ever meet and plays a heck of a banjo Mike Hedding, and the gal that holds it all together on bass is Vaughn Asselstine.

 

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The Founders 

Chuck and Sandi Millar founders of No Grass Limit and Lesson Pros (a MN based music lessons program), started as performing artists, playing all over the United States at festivals, private & corporate parties, weddings, coffee houses & theaters.  Being played on radio stations all around the world their success has led them into the hearts of millions.  They have been featured in numerous newspapers articles, radio, television and magazines.  They have won many competitions with their music, including countless 1st place titles in fiddling and trick fiddling (Chuck), plus took 2nd place in the MN State fair duet competition.   Chuck and Sandi also had the honor of playing at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN.

 

Chuck and Sandi are described as musical innovators who cross musical genres and boundaries with their songs and music.  Fans rave about their blend of harmonies and musicianship and with this All-Star cast, you are sure to be pleased with the outcome of this new album.

 

After spending most of their lives on the concert stage, Chuck and Sandi felt a strong need to give back to musicians of all ages. In 2002, they came up with an idea to start a music lesson program, with Chuck's talent and knowledge of teaching and Sandi's business sense they made the perfect fit to create a wonderful music lesson program.

 

The result was Lesson Pros, a group of teachers offering private & group music lessons to students of all ages and abilities at the Lesson Pros studios, worldwide online, community education & churches.  Lesson Pros has currently taught over 3000 students of ages 4 to 98.  Minnesota’s music culture has greatly been expanded and broadened, by the Millar’s, which is truly admired.

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The Members

 

CHUCK MILLAR

Chuck Millar with his uncompromising integrity, exceptional talent and unwavering leadership started teaching at an early age of 17; he has continued to showcase his talents on and off stage by helping many new aspiring students to be great musicians and performers.  He teaches all of the following instruments:  guitar, violin, fiddle, mandolin, bass, vocal, music theory and performance.

 

Currently performing with Sandi in No Grass Limit, Chuck also plays with the nationally recognized band "Tangled Roots" which has released three recordings "Angel From Montgomery" & Valley Road" & "Life of a Dream".  

 

INFLUENCES:   Stewart Duncan, Mark O’Connor, Chubby Wise, Bill Monroe, Tony Rice, Clay Hess, SIerra Hull, Dustin Benson, Randy Kohrs, Charlie Pride, Johnny Horton, Balsam Range, Special Consensus, Mountain Heart, George Strait, Ray Price, Don Williams, Jim Reeves, Benny Thomasson, Jim Van Cleve, Michael Cleveland, etc.

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SANDI MILLAR

Sandi Millar stands alone as the west metro’s premier guitar, vocal, and performance instructor.  From her mastery on vocals and harmonies to a deep connection with audiences, her music has had a profound effect on many.  Sandi’s talents and accomplishments have been recorded on four CDs, which have been played on radio all around the world, "One More Time", The Flame in My Heart", "Where's the Line" with The Frets and the newest NGL recording “Lay Me Down” Plus multiple backup harmony singing recordings.  Sandi, approached by the "Buffalo Music Encore Program" was hired to help with instructing students on guitar, vocal & performance.  After a few years of teaching she has truly developed a love of helping students achieve all their musical dreams.

 

INFLUENCES:  Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, Buddy and Julie Miller, Bob Dylan, Bill Monroe, The Carter Family, Dolly Parton, Tony Rice, Special Consensus, Rhonda Vincent, The Del McCoury Band, David Rawlings and Gillian Welch, Ralph Stanley, Jerry Garcia, Johnny Cash, George Jones, Patty Loveless, Claire Lynch, Tom T. Hall and Dixie too,  Larry Cordle, Josh Williams, The Lonesome River Band, John Prine, Jon Weisberger, Mark “Brink” Brinkman, Becky Buller, Nashville Bluegrass Band, plus so many more.

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CLINT BIRTZER

21-year-old Clint Birtzer, is the 2013, 2011, and 2009 Minnesota State Flatpicking Guitar Champion. Clint, along with Jesse Moravec of the Sawtooth Bluegrass Band, also captured the 1st place title in the 2011 MN Duet Singing Championships. In addition to music, Clint is passionate about The Great Outdoors and hunts as much as music and school allow him. He has completed an associates degree at Inver Hills Community College and is now studying professional journalism at the University of Minnesota. He works at the Minnesota Daily, the U of M's campus paper, as a reporter, but is planning on turning his music into a profession after college.

 

INFLUENCES:  Tony Rice, Bryan Sutton, Russ Barenberg, Dan Tyminski, Stevie Ray Vaughan, George Jones, Buck Owens, Charles Sawtelle, Jamie Dailey, and Chris Thile.

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MIKE HEDDING

Mike Hedding has been playing guitar, banjo and mandolin with some of the Midwest’s top bluegrass groups. Steeped in the bluegrass tradition of Bill Monroe, Mike now studies with Grammy Award winning mandolin player Mike Compton and teaches workshops in the Midwest. Mike also has an extensive knowledge of music theory and rhythm which plays a large role in how he teaches.

 

Mike has also been traveling around the Midwest playing banjo in the bluegrass groups, The New North String Band & The Puddle Jumpers.  Mike’s banjo playing is now being heard on bluegrass radio stations across the country.

 

INFLUENCES:  Tim O'brien, Bill Monroe, J.D. Crowe, John Lennon, Bruce Molsky, Mississippi John Hurt, David Grisman

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VAUGHN ASSELSTINE

Vaughn Asselstine started her musical journey when she was eight years old, learning to tickle the ivories.  From there she moved on to squeezing the accordion and strumming the guitar.  During the early 70s she played with the Alive and Trucking Theater Company and along the way to becoming a college-educated computer geek she snuck in some study of jazz and music theory.

 

Vaughn is also a rhythm tap dancer who danced for many years with Keane Sense of Rhythm, performed onstage at the Chicago Human Rhythm Project and taught adult rhythm tap classes.  Next she dabbled in West African drumming, taking up the djembe under the tutelage of Kenne Thomas.

 

A few years ago Vaughn started playing the bass.  She fell in love with the unique combination of rhythm and melody that the bass brings as the foundation of many types of music.  She has performed with multiple old-time, bluegrass, Cajun and jazz groups in Minneapolis and is enthusiastic about playing with all of them.

 

INFLUENCES:  Aretha Franklin, Thelonius Monk, Merle Haggard, Jaco Pastorius, Hot Rize, Emmylou Harris, Erykah Badu, Esperanza Spalding, Kenny Baker, James Jamerson, Smokey Robinson, Carol Kaye, Duke Ellington, Loretta Lynn, J.S. Bach, Chucho Valdes, Ron Carter and the list goes on…

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For Bookings and Scheduling Lessons

www.nograsslimit.com Band - bookings@lpbookingagency.com

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