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In June of 2011, the Minneapolis based musicians decided to form a band that would push the boundaries of bluegrass to an award-winning degree. They succeeded. Just five months later, No Grass Limit topped a field of bands to win the Race For A Place band contest sponsored by the Minnesota Bluegrass and Old Time Music Association in November.

The band’s winning performance came as no surprise to the many fans they have acquired playing festivals, clubs and shows in Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Michigan and Wisconsin.

As the festival season slowed in the winter of 2011, No Grass Limit headed into the studio to begin recording a much awaited CD. It promises to highlight the original songwriting, innovative vocal arrangements and masterful instrumentation that goes into every No Grass Limit live show.

A large part of the appeal of No Grass Limit is their skillful weaving of
traditional and original songs. Fiddle/mandolin player Chuck Millar, guitarist/singer Sandi Millar, banjo player Graham Sones, all veteran bluegrass musicians, join forces with newcomer Ron Wiese on bass to play tunes that reflect their varied yet cohesive approaches to bluegrass and related music. Audiences are as likely to hear Graham’s take on the old classic “Til The End Of The World Goes Round” as they are Sandi’s eclectic version of the obscure “Goldmine”.

Chuck and Sandi are crafting tunes that respect the bluegrass genre but avoid sounding like just another country tune. Chuck and Sandi’s songs defy their youthful outlook and show a wisdom and cleverness that one expects from songwriters twice their age. With such skillful songwriting, it is no wonder that this group has endeared itself to the traditional crowd as well as the younger set. After all, why play all covers of great tunes when you have a great writers in the band?




Festival organizers, club owners and event promoters have found No Grass
Limit to be acutely in tune with their audiences and able to deliver a show
tailored to the unique tastes of various crowds. Whether playing to a traditional, all-ages bluegrass festival audience or a rowdy club crowd, No Grass Limit selects tunes that respect the audience’s tastes and preferences. With a vast arsenal of selections to suit any crowd, the band has become a favorite at festivals and is consistently asked back to play future dates.

The members of No Grass Limit are also music instructors and their experience with teaching, songwriting and contest winning have shown them to be valuable assets at concerts and festivals that feature workshops on many related topics. They bring to each venue their many years as performers as well as instructors and have found their skills in these areas make them ideal jam hosts when not on stage. It takes a certain groove to successfully host a jam session with various players of different skill levels and No Grass Limit always brings out the best in those they play with.

2012 will have the band dividing their time between performing, recording and teaching lessons to students of all levels. They will be returning to many of the venues they played their first season to the delight of fans that have faithfully followed their progress. No Grass Limit is currently scheduling engagements for 2012 and 2013 in a wide variety of venues throughout the Midwest. - Martha Galep, Director, Harvest Jam Bluegrass Festival, Minneapolis, MN and Co-Organizer, ‘Grass On


Discography

No Grass Limit - Lay Me Down
Fallin' Man
http://www.nograsslimit.com/nglmp3practice/415Lafayette/MP3/LongGone_Mic2_Take2.mp3

A Letter to My Savior
http://www.nograsslimit.com/nglmp3practice/415Lafayette/MP3/miSavior_Mic2_Take2.mp3

A Tribute to Bill Monroe
http://www.nograsslimit.com/nglmp3practice/415Lafayette/MP3/BillMonroe_Mic2_Take2.mp3

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MBOTMA (Minnesota Bluegrass and Old Time Music Association) Race for a Place 1st place winners No Grass Limit.
No Grass Limit a 4-piece band with amazing talent playing acoustic music that will turn heads and take names. "No Grass Limit" takes audiences through an eclectic mix of bluegrass, folk, gospel, rock, and traditional music, incorporating exotic styles inspired by No Grass Limit experiences from the musicians and the people who have touched them in their musical careers.
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, television (WCCO 4) 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.
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 2500 students of ages 4 to 98. Minnesota’s music culture has greatly been expanded and broadened, by the Millar’s, which is truly admired.
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, fans are sure to be pleased.
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, Chuck also plays with the nationally recognized band "Tangled Roots" which has released three recordings "Angel From Montgomery" & Valley Road" & "Life of a Dream".
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.
Graham Sones is Minnesota's favorite banjo professional. A thirty six year veteran of the five string, he’s a Scruggs style picker that enjoys his craft and working on licks. Born in Rochester, MN, he also has strong family ties in Des Moines, IA and the hills of Arkansas. He grew
up with the music and festivals on his mind and in his heart. A local music shop owner and fiddler, Bob Loy helped form Graham’s first band that played some local festivals and gigs which started his experience playing and singing on stage. Since then his bluegrass pickin’-playin’-singin’ experience just grew and included some equally fine pickers, players and
singers along the way. In 2001, he played his banjo with Monroe Crossing and put in thousands of miles and hundreds of shows in the three years that followed showcasing at national festivals, concerts, and fairs performing all over the Midwest. Recent years have found Graham performing with fine regional bands such as DriveTime, the High 48’s, Haywire, and The Bluegrass Continentals. Marty Marrone and Tangled Roots picked him up as a full member Spring of ’09. Graham is a founding member of No Grass Limit and is also a recent member of Dick Kimmel & Co. out of New Ulm, MN. Graham currently teaches banjo and guitar at Lesson Pros.
Ron Wiese has been playing bass guitar for over 30 years, but only very recently started playing bluegrass bass-fiddle. Ron started kicking around the Mpls scene in the mid-eigh