Acoustic Music Camp! http://acousticmusiccamp.com Learn to play better Mon, 24 Nov 2014 21:05:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 George Anderson – Bass http://acousticmusiccamp.com/george-anderson-bass/ http://acousticmusiccamp.com/george-anderson-bass/#comments Wed, 09 Apr 2014 07:09:50 +0000 http://acousticmusiccamp.com/?p=1535 George AndersonGeorge Anderson is a professional musician and entertainer. His background is Gospel, Jazz, R & B/ Funk, Rock, Country and Classical. He attended the University of North Texas Music School, performed in the acclaimed One O’clock Lab Band and was the principal bassist in the NTSU Symphony. He was also a member of the Fort Worth Symphony and has played concerts with the Dallas Symphony. He has performed with many renowned artists including concerts with Ray Charles, Tony Bennett, Marvin Hamlisch, Chuck Berry, The Coasters, The Fifth Dimension, Doc Severensen, Bob Hope, Jay Leno, Willie Nelson to name a few. As a bassist, he performed for several television specials including the ABC national broadcast of the Texas Sesquicentannial with Johnny Cash, Jimmy Dean, Freddy Fender, B. J. Thomas and the Gatlin Brothers. He also performed with Ella Fitzgerald on the Good Morning America Show and with Della Reese on Channel 13.

Currently George is recognized as one of the busiest studio session bassists in the Dallas/ Ft. Worth metroplex. He has recorded numerous local and national radio and television commercials including ESPN, CNN, Coors Light, and Coke. He is also playing on Channel 8 News and Channel 11 News. He has also played on many local, national and international artists’ recordings. George worked as a writer, producer, and bassist on the “To The Extreme” CD by Vanilla Ice. As a music producer, songwriter, composer/ arranger he has worked with many diverse artists. He is the leader of his own private party group The Signature Band (www.signatureband.com). He has worked as music director for many corporate functions, which include awards banquets for Dr. Pepper, Frito Lay, and Sally’s Beauty Supply, national conventions for Kawasaki, Century 21, Caldwell Banker, and for six consecutive years was the music director for Mary Kay National Conventions. George has also directed the music for sporting events such as the Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame and Dallas Cowboys pre-game activities at Texas Stadium.

His work also includes movie soundtracks and documentaries. He also played on several “Barney” videos and is the featured bassist in the “Let’s Go To The Farm” video. He also played on Chucky Cheese Shows “in-house” soundtracks.

George has also done volunteer work with community groups such as the Boys and Girls Club by writing and producing the “Say No To Drugs” song. He has also been a guest speaker for Black History Month.
He has performed for numerous charity events such as the Cattleman’s Ball and Limbs For Life.

George realizes that his talent is a gift from God and has used that talent to honor Him by performing in churches across the metroplex. He currently plays on Sundays at Prestonwood Baptist Church.

In 2003 George wrote, produced and released his own smooth jazz/ funk CD titled “Faces” which was recorded at his own digital recording studio. In 2003 it was in the running for a Grammy Award in the Best Contemporary Jazz Album category

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Terry Baucom – Bluegrass Banjo http://acousticmusiccamp.com/terry-baucom-bluegrass-banjo/ http://acousticmusiccamp.com/terry-baucom-bluegrass-banjo/#comments Tue, 07 May 2013 05:55:47 +0000 http://acousticmusiccamp.com/?p=1162 Terry BaucomMost recently Terry toured and recorded with Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver and can be heard on the band’s latest recording on Rounder Records, “More Behind The Picture Than The Wall”. His professional career started in 1970 with Charlie Moore. He was a founding member of Boone Creek with Ricky Skaggs and Jerry Douglas, as well as an original member of Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver & IIIrd Tyme Out.

Terry is currently working on a solo CD with many surprises.

For more information about Terry visit:

http://www.myspace.com/kneedeepinbluegrass.

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Andy Ball – Mandolin http://acousticmusiccamp.com/andy-ball/ http://acousticmusiccamp.com/andy-ball/#comments Tue, 21 May 2013 01:49:08 +0000 http://acousticmusiccamp.com/?p=1243 Andy Ball - MandolinAndy Ball is a mandolinist, mostly known for his work with Mark Newton (2005-2006) and the Lonesome River Band (2006-2011). Born and raised in Metropolitan Detroit, he is third generation of Appalachian immigrant and was brought up playing Bluegrass music with his father and grandfather. As a college student, Andy worked for renowned Bluegrass songwriter, Pete Goble, mostly by recording demos of many of Pete’s songs. Later on, Andy recorded “Hillbilly Hemingway” (2006) with Mark Newton as well as “No Turning Back” (2008) and “Still Learning” (2010) with the Lonesome River Band. He holds degrees in philosophy and is currently finishing a PhD in philosophy at the University of Alberta in Canada where he also works as an undergraduate lecturer.

Andy with the Lonesome River Band

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Robert Bowlin – Fiddle and Guitar http://acousticmusiccamp.com/robert-bowlin-fiddle-and-guitar/ http://acousticmusiccamp.com/robert-bowlin-fiddle-and-guitar/#comments Tue, 07 May 2013 06:03:38 +0000 http://acousticmusiccamp.com/?p=1172 Robert BowlinAs a Blue Grass Boy: Robert Bowlin was the last fiddler to join the Blue Grass Boys. He plays on the recording of “Boston Boy” that closes the boxed set “Music of Bill Monroe, 1936-1994″

Recording Sessions: 1/9/1994

Before and After: A multi-instrumentalist, Bowlin won the 1979 National Guitar Championship. He has created audio lessons in twin guitar and twin mandolin playing for Musicians’ Workshop, and has recorded as a sideman with many bluegrass and country artists. He has been a member of the Osborne Brothers’ and Kathy Mattea’s bands, and currently plays lead guitar and fiddle with the group Shady Mix.

For more information about Robert, visit: http://RobertBowlin.com

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Alison Brown – Banjo http://acousticmusiccamp.com/alison-brown-banjo/ http://acousticmusiccamp.com/alison-brown-banjo/#comments Fri, 11 Apr 2014 13:01:18 +0000 http://acousticmusiccamp.com/?p=1555 Alison Brown - BanjoAlison Brown has taken an unlikely path in establishing herself as an internationally recognized banjoist.  A former investment banker (she has a bachelor’s degree in History and Literature from Harvard and an MBA from UCLA), she toured with Alison Krauss and Union Station and Michelle Shocked before forming her own group, The Alison Brown Quartet.  She has recorded 10 critically-acclaimed banjo solo albums, received 4 Grammy nominations and a Grammy award.  Alison has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning, NPR’s All Things Considered and in the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times among many others.  She is also co-founder of the internationally recognized Compass Records Group which oversees more than 600 releases from the Compass Records, Green Linnet and Mulligan Records catalogs and which has been called by Billboard Magazine “one of the greatest independent labels of the last decade.” Alison currently serves on the board of the Nashville Chamber of Commerce as well as on the adjunct faculty of Vanderbilt’s Blair School of Music.

http://compassrecords.com/alison-brown

 

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Lewis Case http://acousticmusiccamp.com/lewis-case/ http://acousticmusiccamp.com/lewis-case/#comments Mon, 04 Aug 2014 18:39:49 +0000 http://acousticmusiccamp.com/?p=1669 LLewis Case - Violin /Mandolinewis Case started playing Violin at the age of nine, and began playing professionally at fifteen.  Classically trained as a Violinist at Houston’s HSPVA, and as a student of Josephine Boudreaux and Donald Wright, he was mentored by Texas Fiddle Legend, Bill Northcutt.  Lewis is an accomplished Violinist and Fiddler, Composer, Guitarist, Mandolin and Banjo Player.  He has performed with The Blue Moon Quartet, The Houston Symphony, Houston’s Alley Theater, A.D. Players and Theater Under the Stars; he has additionally worked with David Peters, Kelly Lancaster, Steve Weisberg, Dick Kniss, and Tish Hinojosa.  Lewis performs with The Lone Star Cowboys, a western band that frequently performs promoting The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, and plays Violin and Moog synthesizer with the Dallas Rock band, Darwin Prophet and the Chronus Mirror.  He has recorded extensively, and his career in Music has carried him across North America.  Lewis is a lawyer and is a Ph.D. Candidate at The University of Texas at Dallas.  A Co-Owner of Fiddle & Bow Music Company in Dallas, Lewis teaches Violin, Fiddle, Mandolin, Guitar, Bass, Banjo and music performance across a broad range of styles.

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Bill Evans – Banjo http://acousticmusiccamp.com/bill-evans-banjo/ http://acousticmusiccamp.com/bill-evans-banjo/#comments Mon, 10 Mar 2014 01:28:48 +0000 http://acousticmusiccamp.com/?p=1411 Bill Evans - BanjoBill Evans is an internationally known five-string banjo life force. As a performer, teacher, writer, scholar and composer, he brings a deep knowledge, intense virtuosity and contagious passion to all things banjo, with thousands of music fans and banjo students from all over the world in a career that spans over thirty-five years.

In Bill’s solo concert presentation “The Banjo in America,” he presents the banjo from its West African roots to the New World, performing musical examples from the 1700’s to the present day on a variety of vintage instruments, ranging from an African ekonting to a mid-19th century minstrel banjo, a modern bluegrass banjo and even an electric banjo. From an 18th century African dance tune to the music of the Civil War, and from early 20th century ragtime to folk and bluegrass banjo styles to Bill’s own incredible original music,The Banjo in America illuminates as well as entertains, exposing audiences to over 250 years of American music.

Bill also assembles first-rate progressive acoustic ensembles to perform music from his CDs at major festivals around the world. Acoustic luminaries Todd Phillips, Josh Williams, Don Rigsby, Matt Flinner, Barbara Lamb, Jim Nunally, Chad Manning, Mike Barnett, Lincoln Meyers, Missy Raines, Steve Smith, Joe Walsh, Tashina & Tristan Clarridge, Mike Witcher and Sharon Gilchrist are just some of the folks who have shared the stage with Bill in a moving musical feast he calls “The Bill Evans String Summit.”

Bill is the author of “Banjo For Dummies,” the most popular banjo book in the world and has been a Banjo Newsletter columnist for over fifteen years. He has also performed with acoustic legends David Grisman, Peter Rowan, David Bromberg, Dry Branch Fire Squad, Tony Trischka, Jody Stecher, Laurie Lewis, James Nash and Kathy Kallick, among many others.

Bill has appeared at many bluegrass and folk festivals all across North America, including appearances at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass (San Francisco, CA); FreshGrass (North Adams, MA) and Wintergrass (Bellvue, WA). In 2012, Bill performed in 12 states, Canada, Germany and participated in a U. S. State Department-sponsored tour of Russia. Venues played in 2012 include the Birchmere Restaurant, VA; Banjo Camp Munich, Germany and an appearance with the San Francisco Symphony.

Bill will make his debut appearance on “A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor” in February 2013.

Bill’s 2012 CD “In Good Company” features 26 guest artists, including The Infamous Stringdusters, Tim O’Brien, Joy Kills Sorrow, Stuart Duncan, Rob Ickes, Darol Anger, Mike Marshall, David Grier, Todd Phillips and many others. “In Good Company” was the #1 CD on the Roots Music Report national Bluegrass Charts for the first two weeks of November 2012 and was the #1 CD on the Folk DJ-List charts for May 2012.

“In Good Company” occupied either the #1 or #2 chart position on the California Roots Music Report charts from May to October 2012. This project received a Spotlight Review in the August 2012 edition of “Bluegrass Unlimited” magazine. “In Good Company” has been named to many “Best of 2012″ CD lists, including Pop Matters, Folk Alley, Kansas Public Radio, Engine 145, Prescription Bluegrass, and WDHX-FM.

Bill has a Master’s Degree in Music from the University of California, Berkeley with a specialization in American music history and he has been a scholar/artist in residence at many universities across the United States. He has served as a consultant to the National Endowment for the Arts and is the former Associate Director of the International Bluegrass Music Museum in Owenboro, Kentucky.

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O.J. Laier – Oldtime http://acousticmusiccamp.com/o-j-laier-oldtime/ http://acousticmusiccamp.com/o-j-laier-oldtime/#comments Wed, 14 May 2014 02:27:21 +0000 http://acousticmusiccamp.com/?p=1602 O.J. LaierMusic has been part of O.J. Laier’s life from his early days playing trumpet in high school and a U.S. Army band to a busy teaching and performing schedule in Austin, Texas. Inspired by Earl Scruggs-style three-finger picking, O.J. first picked up a 5-string banjo in the early 70s. He was first introduced to frailing when he toured Europe in a Kingston Trio-type trio as part of his Army stint. About five years ago, while teaching guitar, dobro and banjo to students in Austin, he fell in love with playing oldtime clawhammer banjo. It didn’t take him long to get plugged into the amazing picking styles of Adam Hurt, Richie Stearns and many others. He enjoys learning fiddle tunes as a way to hone his banjo chops.

“The traditional style of playing is very addictive,” O.J. says. “If you apply yourself —and do it a lot! — it can get kind of Zen. I am a firm believer in using any and all available material to help me get where I want to go. By ear, tabs, video…it’s all good.”

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Dale Morris Sr. – Fiddle http://acousticmusiccamp.com/dale-morris-sr-fiddle/ http://acousticmusiccamp.com/dale-morris-sr-fiddle/#comments Tue, 08 Apr 2014 19:44:32 +0000 http://acousticmusiccamp.com/?p=1442 Dale Morris Sr. - FiddleDale Morris Sr. was born in Sanger, Texas, a small town north of Denton and is the oldest of six children born to Laverne and Louise Morris. Dale grew up in a musical environment and developed an interest in music at a very early age. Dale’s first instrument was piano, however, through the years Dale later began playing guitar, then fiddle, Dale’s main instrument. Although Dale had been playing several years before reaching age eighteen, it is ironic, that until this time he had not been aware of the numerous great Texas style fiddlers who lived within a fifty-mile radius of him! Prior to this point in time, Dale played with various “bluegrass and country bands” around the Fort Worth – Dallas area.

Dale became aware, however and will forever feel a debt of gratitude to the great legendary Texas fiddler, Sleepy Johnson for his vital part in this. Dale will never forget the night, while playing at a nightclub in north Fort Worth, when a couple in the audience introduced themselves as Sleepy and Sally Johnson. Sleepy, of course, was a famous fiddler, having worked with Bob Wills and The Texas Playboys for many years. Also accompanying Sleepy and Sally were Drew and Jewell Garner. Jewell was the sister of legendary Texas fiddler Louis Franklin! Sleepy invited Dale to a “jam session” that was to be held at the home of Werner Cain. Sleepy went on to tell Dale of the different fiddlers who were likely to be there; Norman and Vernon Soloman, Benny Thomason, Orville Burns, Texas Shorty, Major Franklin, on and on. Ironically, Dale was unfamiliar with most of them at this time, except for Texas Shorty, of whom Dale had recordings (by, the way, when asked Dale will quickly tell you that one of his very first heroes was Texas Shorty).
Dale had no idea, of course, at how important it would be for him to attend this jam session. It is very possible that Dale might not have attended this jam session had it not been for the persistence of Sleepy, who came by the Ford dealership in Fort Worth where Dale worked and insisted he attend. Sleepy knew how important this would be to Dale.

Dale did attend the jam session and to say it was a “revelation” would be an understatement! NEVER HAD DALE heard so much great fiddling! Not only was his hero, the legendary Texas Shorty in attendance, so were great fiddlers such as Norman and Vernon Soloman, Benny Thomasson, Major Franklin, Orville Burns, Dick Barrett, Louis Franklin, Garland Gainer, Claude Henson, etc. etc. on and on. While many current fiddlers, at the time of this writing, know of the past greats only via tape or other media, Dale feels very fortunate in the fact that he has personally known many of them.

Dale won his first fiddling contest in 1967 and being really ” bitten by the bug”, so to speak, Dale became an avid participant in fiddling contests across Texas and in 1972, won his first Texas State Championship. He went on to repeat in 1973 and also won again in 1978 and 1979. Also, over the years Dale has won several other prestigious contests, among these, the World’s Championship, Crockett Texas, in 1979, The Super Bowl of Fiddling in 1979, Colorado State Championship in 1986, The Western Open Old Time 1990.
He has also had the extreme honor of serving as judge in many of our nations most prestigious fiddle contests.

Dale’s love for his music, however, was not limited to strictly contest fiddling. By the early 1970s, Dale was working in the band of Billy Gray and the “Cowtowners”. Working in this band afforded Dale the opportunity to work with the likes of Wynn Stewart, Sammi Smith, Johnny Rodriquez, Carl Smith, Leon Rausch and Red Stegall. By 1975 Dale moved to Nashville Tennessee and became a member of Stonewall Jackson’s “Minutemen”. Since then Dale has also been a member of The Marty Robbins’ band, Ray Price’s Cherokee Cowboys and Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass Boys. In 1981 Dale was named the 17th member of the legendary “Sons of The Pioneers”, the group founded by Roy Rogers in the early 1930s.

Dale became a “full-time” music teacher by the early 1990s and at present he and his wife Tobi own and operate a teaching studio in Boyd Texas. They currently have a clientele of students, ranging in age from 2 years of age to 72, of whom they are very proud.

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Keith Yoder – Guitar / Mandolin http://acousticmusiccamp.com/keith-yoder/ http://acousticmusiccamp.com/keith-yoder/#comments Wed, 09 Apr 2014 15:43:00 +0000 http://acousticmusiccamp.com/?p=1540 Keith YoderKeith Yoder performs on and teaches guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, resophonic guitar, bass and drums. He has taught at music camps including Steve Kaufman’s Acoustic Kamp, British Columbia Bluegrass Workshop/NimbleFingers, and the Walker Creek Music Camp. He has performed with bluegrass legends from Bobby Hicks to Dan Crary, and has recorded several CDs, the most recent featuring him playing all the instruments and singing all the vocal parts.

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