CASA GRANDE — The Casa Grande-based, award-winning bluegrass band Arizona Wildflowers are staying busy.
The group, comprising a trio of sisters — Ranelle, 11, on mandolin, Brie, 10, on guitar, and Aspen, 8, on fiddle — is set to perform in upcoming local events, including:
- Saturday, Oct. 17, at 8:40 a.m., the group will be the featured performers at Pinal County Cowboy Church, 18171 W. Hopi Drive, with a 20-minute mini concert prior to the Gila Valley Baptist Association’s annual meeting. The show is open to the public and CDs will be available for sale.
- Saturday, March 13, Peart Park, they will play during the planned second annual Grande Fiddle Championships.
The group, who often perform with older sister, Madi, 18, and other siblings, compete in various musical competitions each year.
Despite COVID-19, they had a busy summer competing in national events.
“Though many events have been canceled, the girls were able to compete virtually,” said Tiffany Dietrich, mother of the sisters who comprise the Arizona Wildflowers.
Competing virtually in the international Florida State Fiddle Championship in May, Ranelle took first place in the Junior Division and Brie placed second.
“There were many amazing fiddlers who competed,” Dietrich said.
In June, the sisters traveled to Prescott for the annual Bluegrass Festival, which was held live outdoors rather than virtually.
“The girls were one of the featured bands,” Dietrich said.
In September, Payson held the 50th annual Arizona State Fiddle Championships in Green Valley Park.
“It was well attended and all three girls won their age divisions. They also won the Ben Sandoval Memorial Band Contest and will go back as a featured act in 2021 at the Payson Opry,” Dietrich said.
As well as performing at various festivals, the Arizona Wildflowers have racked up more than half a million views on their video “Thank God I’m a Country Girl,” which is on their Facebook page.
But some of their scheduled summer events were canceled.
“The girls were all set to spend this summer in Branson, Missouri, filming a television series but, because of COVID-19, that has been put on hold until the summer of 2021,” Dietrich said.