The Mule Barn Theatre Guild is once again hosting an Artist Series performance at the Tarkio Rotary Theatre, located inside the Thompson Learning Center on the Tarkio Tech campus. The next performance will showcase Jason Riley and Ed Daniels.

Former Tarkio resident Jason Riley will take the stage first on Sunday, October 9, at 2:00 p.m. Ed Daniels, also a former Tarkio resident, will take the stage with Jason in the second half of the production. Following their performances, a reception, catered by Hy-Vee, will be held.

Free-will donations will be accepted. Seating is limited so be sure to reserve your tickets as soon as possible by calling Sid Cooper at 816-261-4587 or 660-736-4239.


As a versatile guitarist, Jason Riley’s professional experience includes recording, composing, teaching and performing in multiple styles. His education in classical guitar and commercial music included extended study in American styles, the Jazz idiom and improvisation. Jason and his family own the St. Joseph Arts Academy in St. Joseph, where Jason is the director. The academy serves hundreds of families in northwest Missouri with lessons in piano, guitar, violin, voice, drums, early childhood and more.

“As a recording artist, he has produced and released four solo CDs. An equally successful and dedicated sideman, his playing has been featured extensively on many albums by other artists as well.

“Jason has won competitions and reader’s polls in both the rock and country genres and has opened for and performed with national and international artists. He has also made numerous radio and television appearances. When not on tour, Jason serves as adjunct professor of guitar at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas, and Missouri Western State College in St. Joseph, Missouri. He has also served as co-director at the Festival Chartres – an international guitar festival in Chartres, France.”


Ed Daniels grew up in Tarkio, where he developed his lifelong love for words and music. Years of writing his own songs and playing bass guitar in various bands awarded him the chance to move to Los Angeles from Colorado to co-write and play bass on an album for a former band mate.

Ed moved out west and began further pursuing his musical goals. He played original songs at various open mic nights and also played bass in the band for “The Bold and the Beautiful” actor Winsor Harmon. A few years into his stay in LA-LA land, he met and started working with award winning jazz singer/songwriter Mark Winkler.

Ed released his first album in 2009 titled “7 Days.” Since then, Ed has traveled to Nashville multiple times and has pitched his songs to ASCAP reps, past ASCAP vice president and award winning songwriter Tim DuBois, Universal Music Publishing,  and NSAI. He continues to present his original songs and ideas to music publishers and other artists.

Ed lives in Las Vegas, Nevada, with his wife and three kids. He is currently recording and producing his second album due out in early 2023.