The McGovern Stringband | Live on Hear Nebraska FM

Crooning bluesgrass-style around a pair of condenser microphones, The McGovern Stringband gave us a rattling, joyous sound on our KZUM radio program Monday night.

With multiple generational pairings presents — father and son Kelly and Brian McGovern and David and Nate Morris — the band’s in-studio had an especially easy feeling, even through zip-along acoustic solos. Listen to a handful of their lives songs below.

The band was previewing its Saturday performance at SowerFest, and you can RSVP here. The McGovern Stringband plays at 5 p.m. on the Duffy’s outdoor stage.

Monday’s lineup:

Kelly McGovern – guitar, vocals
Brian McGovern – mandolin, vocals
Nate Morris – percussion, vocals
David Morris – upright bass, vocals
Sam Packard – fiddle
Daren Blythe – banjo

Chance Solem-Pfeifer (@chance_s_p) is a contributing writer at Hear Nebraska, and its former managing editor. Reach him at