The Sunflower Colonels

Formed in Lawrence, KS in 2008.

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Upcoming shows

No scheduled events.

Past shows


Bluegrass / Roots, Country / Rockabilly


Name Released Label
Album cover Kansas Bluegrass 2010


The Sunflower Colonels formed sometime after Winfield 2008, also known as the "lake year." After a year of playing and some lineup changes the colonels have shared the Stage with such artists as: The Brent Berry Band, Whitewater Ramble, Deadman Flats, The Calamity Cubes, Big Smith, The Midday Ramblers, Kasey Rausch, and others. The band has played the Lawrence/Kansas City circuit at venues such as: The Bottleneck, The Granada, Davey's Uptown Ramblers Club, and Midwestern Musical Co. They served as the house band for a now defunct jam session at a local pub. The Colonels have also played for weddings, parties, and other gatherings.

While adhering to most of the tenets of orthodox bluegrass, the Colonels also draw influence and energy from the entire melting pot of 20th century American Music. While the Colonels have been known to whip a rowdy barroom into a corybantic frenzy, they are also at home playing a relaxed set of traditional music. At a show one might expect 60% original songs 25% bluegrass standards and 15% tastefully executed covers.

The Colonels have just finished their debut album, recorded at the Ninth Ward Picking Parlor. It should be available shortly.