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  • PATRICK'S PEOPLE: The Vogts sisters, Erie, are launching a CD on Sunday

  • At a time when many young performers are rocking out, the Vogts Sisters of Erie are making sweet music together.



    “We call it folk, but we’re not sure what it is, borderline bluegrass, maybe,” said Maggie Vogts, a Pittsburg State University senior.

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  • At a time when many young performers are rocking out, the Vogts sisters of Erie are making sweet music together.
    “We call it folk, but we’re not sure what it is, borderline bluegrass, maybe,” said Maggie Vogts, a Pittsburg State University senior.
    Their debut album, “Old Time Noise,” will be featured in a CD launch party from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at Horizons at Prairie Ridge Golf Course, Erie. A suggested $10 donation will include appetizers and acoustic entertainment. Anyone wishing information about the event may call 620-244-3454.
    “Most of the songs on the CD are covers of Gillian Welch and David Rawlings,” Vogts said. “Three of them are originals."
    When she was 11 and sister Abbey was 4, they and older sister Samantha were members of a community singing group called Saving Grace. After being part of the group for five years, they ended their time together with a recording of an inspirational CD, “More Than a Song."
    “This summer Abbey and I started singing together,” Vogts said. “We went to Katy Days at Parsons and didn’t place in the competition.”
    However, Russell Head of the Labette Community College recording arts department approached the sisters about doing a CD.
    “That was at the end of May and we started recording in mid-June,” Vogts said.
    Her little sister, Abbey, is an Erie High School sophomore. She plays guitar and is learning mandolin and fiddle.
    She admits to having a little stage fright.
    “My hands get really cold and clammy before we go on,” she said.
    However, that doesn’t seem to affect her performance.
    The Vogts Sisters won first place in the folk ensemble competition at the 2012 Kansas State Fiddling and Picking Championship in Lawrence and were invited to perform at the Kids Acoustic Stage at the 2012 Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield.
    They were featured at the annual Early Detection Works breast cancer vigil at Pittsburg State University Lake.
    “We’re going to open for a Christmas concert in December for Jimmy Fortune, who was part of the Statler Brothers,” Abbey Vogts said.
    The two, daughters of Deborah and Chris Vogts, aren’t sure yet of their career paths.
    Maggie is a communications major at PSU with an emphasis in broadcasting, but isn’t sure what she’ll do with that.
    Abbey isn’t going to worry about becoming a star.
    “I don’t think it’s wise to think that in years to come we’re going to be in Nashville,” she said. “It’s in God’s hands, not ours.”

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