PAYSON — A Casa Grande-based trio of sisters performed as the opening act for Michael Martin Murphey at the Payson Old Time Fiddlers Contest and Acoustic Celebration on Sept. 29.
Murphey was the headline act for the event, which combines fiddle and band competitions, jam sessions, concerts and other activities as a celebration of old-time and acoustic music heritage.
The Arizona Wildflowers includes sisters Madison, Ranelle and Brie Dietrich, who competed in the instrumental competition and also perform together as a family band.
“They played to a sold-out crowd of 1,000 people,” said the girls’ mom, Tiffany Dietrich.
The sisters are regular performers on the string instrument competition circuit. They regularly perform together as the Arizona Wildflowers and sometimes, little sister Aspen or other family members join them on stage.
Each sister also competes individually and they’ve won several awards.
During the Payson Old Time Fiddlers Contest, Madison, Ranelle and Brie each competed.
Brie won the competition’s Small Fry Division while Ranelle won the Junior Division for her fourth consecutive state title. Madison won the Accompanist Guitar Division. Aspen was runner-up in the Small Fry Fiddle Division.
The first-place winners received state champion belt buckles, cash and other prizes.
Performing as the Arizona Wildflowers, the sisters performed at the Ben Sandoval Memorial Band Contest in September and for the first time, won the first-place prize of cash and upcoming paid performance opportunities.
“We will be traveling to Texas in November for the Bob Wills Fiddle Festival and then will perform in Wickenburg at the Four Corners Bluegrass Festival on November 9-11,” Dietrich said. “We will also be live on a radio show out of Scottsdale called ‘Man Up and Lead’ on October 8 at 6 p.m.”
The Arizona Wildflowers often play in and around Pinal County as well as at festivals and competitions nationwide and throughout Arizona.