Pearl and the Polka Dots
Nov. 21, 2014 Anji Pearl, bass and vocals, is raising her eleven year old twins. She has 3 older children with her eldest daughter giving her a grand. She works at Betty Hardwick MHMR happily working with angels all day who have been diagnosed with developmental delays. Her love of bluegrass and of slapping the ol' Kay Bass is only surpassed by her love for God, her family, friends and new found "Dots," Stacy and Rachel. Stacy Jackson, banjo, guitar and vocals, is a "retro" housewife has six children and two grands with her husband Seth. Her youngest is five, and her oldest is 24. Four still live at home and get her undivided attention - that is when she's not on the road:) Her favorite place is Goodwill, and she loves collecting old pyrex dishes, and musical instruments. Rachel Bates, fiddle, guitar and vocals, is a studio artist with three grown stepchildren and five grands with husband Larry. Through the years she's had many interests, including pottery and painting, and currently makes handmade tiles. Music is center stage now, often traveling with P&PD and to various music festivals, this fantastic journey taking the focus of her passions. All three spread themselves in a sometimes fragile web between the work they are passionate about, their families, and the music which consumes a great deal of their time. Having known each other for years from Pearl Bluegrass and other bluegrass festivals and jams, it was one night at Pearl that they sang together a three part harmony and were asked the question that changed everything. "Can we put ya'll on stage tomorrow? Without hesitation, they all answered YES!!!! Simultaneously and burst out laughing! Working into the night and most of the next day, they put together a show and went on stage for the first time. The remarkable stories and miracles that have taken place since have told them without a doubt that they are on the road to something great. With three part stacked harmonies, a bass, a guitar, a banjo, and a fiddle, all three contribute to the whole that makes Pearl and the Polka Dots different and unique. There is no doubt they have fun performing, and the audience always feels the laughter, the spirit, and the passion of their music.