Saturday is the 17th annual A Taste of Leavenworth at the Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge 55, 300 S. 20th St. Doors open at 5 p.m. It’s the annual fundraiser for the Leavenworth Historical Museum Association. The event includes food and drink samples from local restaurants, live and silent auctions and live music. True Country will be playing at the event for the ninth year in a row.

The band is made up of local musicians: Don Spain Jr. (Leavenworth) on guitar, Larry Dean (DeSoto) guitar and singer, Larry Bichlemyer (Tonganoxie) guitar and singer with his wife, Mary Bichlemyer, on bass. The band was put together by harmonica player Don Spain Sr. 

Don Spain Sr., a retired combat veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars, has quite the music resume. He has been playing the harmonica for many years and cites Charlie McCoy as a major influence on his playing style. He has played all over the world including Germany, Japan, England and throughout the United States. In 2002, Spain played with a band in China. They played for an audience of roughly 15,000 people at the opening and closing ceremonies of the International Jeans Fashion Show. The performances were televised across China. In 2007, he was inducted into the National Traditional Country Music Hall of Fame.

Spain has also released four albums of country, gospel, bluegrass and blues music including his latest album, “Precious Memories.” His son, Don Spain Jr., is featured as lead guitarist on those albums.

So tonight at A Taste of Leavenworth, see True Country play and enjoy all the great local food while supporting a great cause. For ticket information, call 913-682-1023.

Mike Nickells writes about music in the Leavenworth area. To contact him, send email to