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The Strollers are rooted in southwest MN

WORTHINGTON -- The Strollers don't have a modern blues feel to their music, and that's intentional.

"We really do have kind of an old-fashioned acoustic blues," said Sacred Heart resident Jerry Ostensoe, who's been called "The Lawrence Welk of the Blues."

Ostensoe plays guitar and provides vocals along with bandmates Richard Handeen on upright bass and Pistol Pete on harmonica.

The trio will take the stage from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

"We do some traditional blues stuff from the '40s and ''50s. We also do some original stuff that I've written that's folk and country," Ostensoe explained. "I've been performing in southwest Minnesota for 40 years."

He played at the Main Street Jamboree in Pipestone, and was even an artist-in-residence with students in District 518 several years ago.

The band has played together about five years and bills itself as "Southwest Minnesota's premier acoustic blues trio."