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Bluegrass Etc. performs a hard hitting show of instrumental expertise, vocal precision and stage personality that never fails to entertain. The group is well known internationally and tours more than eighteen countries per year, performing more than 200 shows annually at festivals and in concert. Bluegrass Etc. consists of John Moore (mandolin, guitar, vocals), Dennis Caplinger (banjo, fiddle, vocals), and Bill Bryson (bass, vocals). The band has its roots in bluegrass music, but has evolved over the years into a much more dynamic and eclectic acoustic band.
John Moore: In addition to being the mandolinist, guitarist and vocalist for Bluegrass Etc., John was also the mandolinist with the internationally acclaimed band CALIFORNIA, the International Bluegrass Music Associations 1992, 1993 and 1994 Instrumental Band of the Year (see the cover story in the August 1992 issue of Bluegrass Unlimited magazine)
Johns musical performances have led him throughout the U.S. and Canada, Europe and Japan, as well as in to the studio doing sessions for other artists. He does radio and television commercials, movie soundtracks including Blaze for Touchstone Pictures, El Diablo for HBO, Christmas in Connecticut in which he also appeared and The Spitfire Grill for Hallmark Hall of Fame. John also recorded the soundtrack for, and appeared in the CBS Television Special The Legend of the Beverly Hillbillies in a four piece band with Roy Clark, Byron Berline and Earl Scruggs. He recently recorded a Grammy nominated album with Byron Berline, Vince Gill, Bill Bryson, Dennis Caplinger, Rick Cunha and Jann Browne, and another with Mike Oldfield of "Tubular Bells" fame.
John was featured on the cover of the May/June 1993 issue of Bluegrass Now magazine, and is most recently featured on the cover of the May/ June 1999 issue of Flatpick Guitar magazine.
Dennis Caplinger: Multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Dennis Caplinger is one of the most sought after studio musicians in California and often travels to Nashville, Tennessee to do sessions. He is currently under contract with Network Productions of San Diego, Ca. recording numerous television and radio commercials as well as writing and recording music for their extensive music library - one of the largest in the world. His movie soundtrack credits include Back to the Future III, El Diablo, Rio Diablo and Steven Kings Apt Pupil among others
Dennis playing is regularly featured on the soundtrack of the Warner Bros. cartoons Pinky and the Brain and Histeria, as well as on recent commercials for New York Life, Supercuts, Subway Sandwiches and Discover Card featuring John Lithgow. He is a regular in the Academy of Country Music Awards Show band, and has just finished recording on new album projects with Rita Coolidge and mandolinist John Reishmann
Dennis is a frequent contributor to Banjo Newsletter and can be seen in the October 1999 issue of Bluegrass Now magazine which contains a feature article on him.
Bill Bryson: He is one of the legendary bass players of the L.A. Country/ Bluegrass music scene and had been held in high esteem for the last 30 years. He was a founding member of the Desert Rose Band and the Laurel Canyon Ramblers. He has also toured extensively with Dan Fogelberg, Chris Hillman (of the Byrds), Bernie Leadon (of the Eagles) and the Bluegrass Cardinals. Bill has recorded with Merle Haggard, Buck Owens, Glen Campbell, Mary-Chapin Carpenter, Emmy Lou Harris and the Oak Ridge Boys to name a few. He has won two Grammys and has been nominated numerous times for the Academy of Country Music's Bass Player of the Year Award. His credits also include feature films such as "The Long Riders" , "Cannery Row" and "Bound for Glory" as well as numerous television and radio commercials.
What folks are saying about Bluegrass Etc.... . . .
"Bluegrass Etc. is a band that we definitely want to
hear more often around here."
". . . behind their relaxedness one caught a glimpse of superb
instrumental abilities; John Moore excelled on both the guitar and the
mandolin with striking solo runs."
. . Dennis Caplinger, a jack of all strings, provides
lustrous fiddle and acoustic guitar work . . ."
. . . some of the cleanest, smoothest, most exquisite bluegrass guitar
licks in the country."
" . . . a wild roller coaster ride . . . highlighted by the breakneck banjo playing of stringed instrument wizard Dennis Caplinger."
"The much-applauded highlight of the evening was the
fingerboard-crossover break by Caplinger and Moore.
While both chopped away at their own instruments with their right hands, they used their
left to play the fingerboard of each others instrument. Thats probably how it
must be like to change horses at a full gallop. An easy trick for real cowboys. A matter
of routine for Bluegrass Etc."