The Dust Settlers are September’s musical guest. Photo by Jon Swanson.

Locksmiths, blacksmiths & goldsmiths – ‘Folks Named Smith’ is the theme of Over the Back Fence


Cast members Phil Dybing and Robin Krom in an “Ole & Lars” skit at last month’s “Yard Sale” show. Photo by A. Wiltgen.
Cast members Phil Dybing and Robin Krom in an “Ole & Lars” skit at last month’s “Yard Sale” show. Photo by A. Wiltgen.

“Folks Named Smith” is the theme of the next Over the Back Fence Community Variety Show presented by Lanesboro Arts on Friday, September 14, at 7:30 p.m. at the historic St. Mane Theatre in downtown Lanesboro. Songs like “People in Your Neighborhood,” “Along Came Jones” and “Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough,” as well as a preview of the upcoming “Lanesboro History Alive” pop-up play, will each be part of a craftsman-like evening that includes a mix of humor, stories, and sing-alongs.

September’s show features musical guest The Dust Settlers, a roots duo from Winona that blends the singing and playing styles of Tanner Brethorst on clawhammer banjo and guitar and Alex Meine on fiddle and guitar. Together since 2014, The Dust Settlers perform old-time music, bluegrass songs, folk tunes, traditional ballads, old country songs, gospel tunes, and a few originals as well.

Host Damon Prestemon brings comedic wit and spot-on improvisational instincts that move the show forward while bringing out the best of the performers and guests on stage. The show’s musical director is Heidi Dybing of Lanesboro. Doors open for seating at 7 p.m. and Joel Ward, a singer-songwriter from Rochester, will provide pre-show music beginning at 7:10 p.m.

Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased online at, in person at the Lanesboro Arts gallery (103 Parkway Avenue North), or at the door at the St. Mane Theatre — as available — beginning at 6:30 p.m. on show nights. The St. Mane Theatre is located at 206 Parkway Avenue North in Lanesboro, Minn.

Over the Back Fence Community Variety Show is produced by Lanesboro Arts and is staged at the St. Mane Theatre on the second Fridays of March through November in 2018. Every show is unique, with a different theme and brand new material. Upcoming shows include “7 Deadly Sins” on October 12 and “British Invasion” on November 9.


Each show is broadcast on Winona State University’s KQAL 89.5FM on the Wednesday five days after the show at 6:00 p.m. (also available for streaming at Additionally, Over the Back Fence is published as a podcast on the iOS Podcasts app and many other podcast services.

Lanesboro Arts’ mission is to serve as a regional catalyst for artistic excellence and educational development in providing diverse art experiences for people of all ages. For more information contact 507-467-2446 or, or you may go to


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