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Formed originally in 1998 by Jeff Mosier, Blueground Undergrass has developed a solid reputation and nationwide following by playing its multi-faceted music mix coast-to-coast. The band has always been known for exciting performances and eclectic arrangements. Its sonic wall of twang type sound pleases the whole spectrum of fans from hippies to cloggers to rockers, taking Blueground Undergrass to the brink of almost moshpit energy, yet guiding each show with song-driven clarity along the way.

 

By successfully parlaying an extensive knowledge of bluegrass music with major elements of jazz and Southern rock, Blueground Undergrass has forged a unique, new listening experience, one rooted in the essentials of great American genres. Their Landslide Records debut, Faces, represents a strong culmination of the bands lengthy musical experience as well as its legendary live shows.

 

Speaking recently of Blueground's sound Mosier said, "I never want our music to lose the tradition of the porch no matter how much remodeling was done to the house over time. The band will continue in that spirit and tradition by re-creating old Blueground Undergrass originals, rocking out bluegrass standards, and by introducing new songs and sounds to their live shows. "

 

For sure, Blueground Undergrass will be doing what they have always done best, which is to provide every audience with an energetic and unforgettable live show of great music. And with the superb studio offering that is Faces, the band is poised to take on a whole new set of devoted listeners.

 

 

Email BGUG: bgugband@bluegroundundergrass.com

 


 

Jeff Mosier

(Electric and Acoustic Banjo, Vocals)

 

Jeff Mosier is the conceiver and leader of the psychedelic hick-hop sound that is Blueground Undergrass. Before forming BGUG in 1998, he primarily played banjo alongside brother Johnny Mosier in their band Good Medicine for nearly 23 years. Also with Johnny, Jeff co-hosted the popular bluegrass radio show "Born in a Barn" for 14 years on 89.3 FM WRFG in Atlanta. In the late 1980’s, Jeff got his first experience playing rock n’ roll when he joined Col. Bruce Hampton’s Aquarium Rescue Unit.

 

Jeff's special ability to combine bluegrass with trance, jazz and rock have made him an icon in the jam band world. The Reverend has shared the stage with Leftover Salmon, Widepsread Panic, Vassar Clemments, and many more. In 1994, he toured with Phish while teaching the band all about the world of bluegrass.

 

To add to an already eclectic musical career, Jeff also performs for senior citizens and Alzheimers patients, as well as children. He is active in public service, combining his musicianship with speaking engagements.

 

 

Email Jeff: jeff@bluegroundundergrass.com

 


 

Mark van Allen

(Pedal Steel, Dobro)

 


Mark had Piano lessons as a kid, and played Trumpet and French Horn in Jr. high, but he didn't make a personal connection with music until he started playing blues and ragtime guitar around 1974, doing coffee house and acoustic club gigs. He had heard and liked the sound of pedal steel, but when he heard Buddy Emmons' version of "Wichita Lineman" on the Suite Steel LP, it was all over! He bought his first pedal steel and joined his first band that same day. It was a case of "learn to play or get fired", so he spent a lot of time in the woodshed! After his first couple of bands in Southwest Michigan, he moved to South Carolina to take a full time job in a recording studio, and has been engineering and producing ever since. Along with touring with various bands, he's done a number of tours for the Department of Defense, entertaining troops in the U.S. and at least 35 countries. Over the years he's probably done a thousand or more recording sessions, from 45 singles to LPs to CDs... Recording is one of Mark's passions, and he has a well-equipped ProTools studio in his home that stays pretty busy. Nothing beats being in the middle of a great live show, though, and he's cherished his time on stage with Sugarland, Vassar Clements, Shawn Mullins, The Indigo Girls, Government Mule, Jimmy Herring, Derek Trucks, Leftover Salmon, Mark Wills, John Berry, and many more. Lots more to come, he hopes!

 

 

Email Mark: mark@bluegroundundergrass.com

 

Visit Mark: www.markvanallen.com

 


 

Johnny Mosier

(Guitar)

 


“Johnny Mo,” guitarist and entertainer for over 28 years, brings his unique playing ability to the BGUG stage. In addition to playing with his brother Jeff Mosier in the bands Good Medicine and Blueground Undergrass, he has also performed an assortment of musical styles over the years with a variety of other well known artists. Johnny’s playing style represents a colorful blend of bluegrass, swing, jazz, blues and rock. Switch hitting between acoustic and electric guitars, it’s easy to hear that he is deftly able to find a soulful voice on either.

 

 

Email Johnny: johnny@bluegroundundergass.com


 

Jack Watson

(Drums)

 

Jack Watson plays drums and percussion. If you met him, you might not know this.

 

 

Email Jack: jack@bluegroundundergrass.com

 


 

Andrew Altman

(Bass)

 


Former Codetalkers bassist Andrew Altman rounds out the line-up with his diverse skills both on acoustic and electric bass

 

 

Email Andrew: andrew@bluegroundundergass.com

 


 

David Blackmon

(4 and 5 String Fiddles, Electric Mandolin)

 

 

 


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