MOODY BLUEGRASS ARTISTS


Harley Allen is a three time Grammy winner who has penned songs for the likes of George Jones, Alison Krauss, Linda Ronstadt, Alan Jackson, Garth Brooks, Hal Ketchem, Joe Nichols, Dierks Bentley. Recently he wrote two number one songs, Tough Little Boys recorded by Gary Allan and The Baby recorded by Blake Shelton. Harley does a dazzling job on lead vocals on three Moody Bluegrass cuts including, "Lovely To See You," "Ride My See Saw" and "Your Wildest Dreams."

Alison Brown is a Grammy Winner and International Bluegrass Music Association Banjo Player of the Year 1991. She is co-owner of Compass Records with her musically gifted husband Garry West. After attending Harvard, she received her MBA from UCLA. She also spent three years traveling and playing banjo with Alison Krauss.

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Sam Bush is the "Father of Newgrass," and an acclaimed mandolin, fiddle, and guitar player. He has been honored by the International Bluegrass Music Association and the Americana Music Association. Sam lends his superlative baritone vocals on two Moody Bluegrass cuts, "Singer in a Rock and Roll Band," and "Nights in White Satin."

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Fred Carpenter started violin lessons at age 7 and continued his musical journey until he played with The Tony Rice Unit for 3 years. Fred released his first solo recording Cut Loose with Mark O'Connor and Roy Huskey Jr. He has worked with such greats as Emmylou Harris, Suzy Boggus, Ronnie Milsap, George Strait, Paul Overstreet and lots of others. He played 6 years with the Nashville Mandolin Ensemble before joining Larry Cordle.

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Lionel Cartwright began playing guitar at age 10, shortly thereafter he started pounding out chords on his parent's player piano. By age 15 he had himself a monthly gig at the Mountaineer Opry House in West Virginia. He later moved on to Nashville and played 5 years on the Jamboree Show . He had a very successful solo career with MCA with 8 top 20 hits and Leap Of Faith went to # 1.

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Dan Carwile is a Grand Master Fiddle Champion who over the past 23 years has been crowned the Tennessee Valley Old-Time Fiddle King, an astonishing seven times. Dan is certainly a true player's player.

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Larry Cordle was the winner of Country Music's Song of The Year Award in 2001 for his work on "Murder on Music Row." Larry has also recently released Lonesome Skynyrd Time, which is a bluegrass tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd. He is the founding member of Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time.

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John Cowan was a member Grammy nominated New Grass Revival for 16 years. He is currently touring as the John Cowan Band and is working on an exciting book . . . Great Voices.John's contribution to Moody Bluegrass, from his four backup harmony vocals to the four lead vocals on "The Voice," "I'm Just A Singer In A Rock & Roll Band" to his superb delivery of "Nights In White Satin." John also explores anew depth of his range on "Never Comes The Day," which gives us insight to his never-ending awesome ability.

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Barry Crabtree as been playing banjo since the age of 7. After high school he spent 11 years with Larry Sparks and the Lonesome Ramblers. During this time he recorded 3 albums for Rebel Records. He then spent 5 years with a fantastic group, Wild and Blue which consisted of Moody Bluegrass Producer David Harvey, his wife Jan and sister Jill Snider. Barry pulls all the plugs when he throws down some skillful banjo playing on "Ride My See Saw" and "I'm Just A Singer In A Rock And Roll Band."

Charlie Cushman began playing banjo at 4 years old. He was later instructed by Webb Pierce's guitar player. By age 14 he was playing 6 days a week on a Nashville TV show. Charlie has played on movie soundtracks and instructional videos. He has played with such musical heroes as Andy Griffith, Marty Stuart, Ricky Skaggs, Bill Monroe, John Hartford, Earl Scruggs, Ray Stevens, Tim O'Brien, Porter Waggoner and many many more. Listen to Charlie cut loose on his dynamic banjo on "Lovely To See You."

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Stuart Duncan... tone, taste and timing is his trademark, as he is well known for his amazing ability to play perfectly in tune. This multi-instrumentalist is currently playing with the Nashville Bluegrass Band . Stuart lends his expertise with his flying fiddle arrangements on four songs, "Lovely To See You," "The Voice," "It's Up To You and Your Wildest Dreams." Stuart also slides in some sweet licks on the slide mandolin on "I'm Just A Singer In A Rock And Roll Band."

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Andy Hall is a graduate of Berklee College of Music with a degree in music production and engineering. Andy has played with such greats as Dolly Parton, Ronnie Bowman, Charlie Daniels and Rebecca Lynn Howard. Instrumentally look to Andy for driving instrumental breaks on his resophonic guitar (dobro). Andy's delicate but demanding dobro can be heard on 11 Moody Bluegrass cuts.

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David Harvey is not only the producer of Moody Bluegrass-Vol. I, but he also shows off his magnificent mandolin prowess on every song. He has been in the music business his entire life playing with artists like Red Allen, Larry Sparks, Larry Cordle, and formerly fronted Wild & Blue, with his wife Jan, and sister in-law, Jill Snider. Currently, you can find him on the road or in the studio with Claire Lynch, Harley Allen, or his newest swing endeavor, The Gibson Mandolin Club, which also features Moody Bluegrass band-mates Tim May and Jan Harvey. David says, "I thank God for blessing me with the talented group of friends and family, who shared their talents on this project. I'm so proud of Moody Bluegrass!"

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Jan Harvey is a song stylist, and her smooth yet soulful singing took Wild & Blue to the top of the Bluegrass and Gospel charts. During their 12 years together, they traveled internationally and were featured on the Grand Ole' Opry, and the Ryman Auditorium. Jan has also performed with Susi Lucksinger, Sonya Issacs and Vince Gill. In 2001, Jan decided to stay home and raise her daughter, Emma. At her husband, David Harvey's request, she broke her silence after 2 years and headed to the Moody Bluegrass session. Jan's sultry vocals can be heard on "It's Up To You" and turns a harmony line or two on "The Voice" and "Your Wildest Dreams."

At 3 years of age, Emma Harvey made her studio debut with a giggle. She joyfully introduces Ride My See Saw. Not only is she lovely and smart, she is an aspiring singer, already possessing great pitch and meter, plays the fiddle, has a guitar, and wants to play piano and mandolin like her Daddy. She likes to play dress-up, dance, color, and begs for a puppy. She has choreographed an energetic dance to her favorite song on Moody Bluegrass, Singer In A Rock & Roll Band. Emma Harvey will always have a stage.


Aubrey Haynie gained two honors in 2003, the Academy of Country Music named him fiddle player of the year, and his release, "The Bluegrass Fiddle Album," won IBMA's Instrumental Album of the Year. Aubrey is a highly sought after session musician in Nashville and can be heard on hundreds of Top 40 Country records and virtually any country radio station. Aubrey has traveled extensively with distinguished talents, such as Aaron Tippin, Clint Black and The Issacs. Aubrey has done a brilliant job of fiddling on "Never Comes The Day."


Alison Krauss has won more Grammy's than any other female artist, 26 to be exact. She has won several country music and International Bluegrass Music Association Awards. Alison lends her beautiful harmonizing voice behind Tim O'Brien on "Land Of Make Believe" and introduced a Bluegrass First when she sang tenor vocal while Sam Bush sang baritone vocal behind John Cowan on "Nights In White Satin."

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Keith Little is a native of Northern California, a consummate singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He has performed not only as a solo artist but also with such acts as Dolly Parton, Ricky Scaggs, Vern Williams, Rose Maddox and The Country Gentlemen. Keith's compositions have been recorded by Claire Lynch, Longview, The White's and Tim O'Brien. His bellowing banjo work can be heard on Never Comes The Day.

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Tim May is guitar guru, toured with Patty Loveless to promote her bluegrass album, Mountain Soul and also played in Eddie Rabbitt's Hare-Trigger Band. Tim has recorded three albums with Crucial Smith. He has been featured in Flatpicking Guitar Magazine, Bluegrass Unlimited and Bluegrass Now. Tim's rock solid rhythm & fiery flatpicking adds just the right texture which helps drive the 11 Moody Bluegrass cuts he appears on.

Of Patty Mitchell, one reviewer said, A remarkable warm and engaging voice and just a great way with a tune. Patty has lent her voice to a number of noteworthy recordings with artists like Ralph Stanley, Emmylou Harris, and Gail Davies. She also released her first solo project in January 2004. Here you will find Patty contributing a harmony vocal for The Voice sung by John Cowan.

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Bob Mummert is a highly sought-after session player in Nashville. He has recorded and/or traveled with Roy Orbison, Ricky Skaggs, Radney Foster, Gail Davies & Jim Lauderdale, to name just a few. His percussion is flawless and precise, yet not an intrusion. We think it is his trademark. You'll find him on The Other Side Of Life, It's Up To You, Singer In A Rock & Roll Band, and Your Wildest Dreams.

Tim O'Brien has been nominated for several Grammy's, and also won the 1993 International Bluegrass Music Association Male Vocalist of the Year. Tim was also the founding member of the band Hot Rize, which was the winner of the first IBMA Entertainer of the Year award in 1990. Tim does a fantastic job of lead vocal and a stellar octave mandolin performance on "Land Of Make Believe" and classic lead vocal work on "Legend Of A Mind."

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Jon Randall earned a Grammy for his work with Emmylou Harris and the Nash Ramblers on "Live at The Ryman." Jon has also made guest appearances with such talents as Patty Loveless, Lyle Lovett, Lee Ann Womack, Bill Anderson, Sam Bush, Lorrie Morgan, Trisha Yearwood and many others. Jon lends his terrific tenor vocals on "I'm Just A Singer In A Rock And Roll Band and "Legend Of A Mind.

 


The Settles Connection: Odessa Settles, Ira Wayne Settles, Calvin Settles, Todd Suttles. Odessa Settles, also a member of the Princely Players, brought her music production group The Settles Connection, to the studio to make magic. Odessa and two of her seven brothers, Calvin and Wayne along with long time friend Todd Suttles, make singing look fun and easy. After you hear them, it will come as no surprise that they are of Fairfield Four lineage. Check out their outstanding harmonizing on Lovely To See You and Never Comes The Day.

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Tom Shinness got his first 6 string and formed his first band in the third grade. Tom plays a multitude of instruments and musical styles. He has worked as a teacher, sideman, session player, songwriter/composer and clinician. His CD, Translucent Harp was recently featured on the front page of CD Baby. Tom's melodious harp guitar can be heard on Late Lament.

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Russell Smith is the Grammy winning Amazing Rhythm Ace as well as the voice of rhythm and blue-grasser Rug Burns of Run C & W. He has penned many popular songs including Third Rate Romance, Low Rent Rendezvous, the George Jones' CD title song "The Rock," as well as Friday Night In America by The New Grass Revival. He comes out and lends his bold baritone vocals on "Your Wildest Dreams."

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Jill Snider is a former Wild & Blue bandmate and is the sister in-law to producer, David Harvey. Jill sings clearly and beautifully but also has that powerful bluegrass edge. Additionally, she is a strong upright bass player. Her quick wit, along with her stellar musicianship, always made her a fan favorite. David wanted to feature Jill and Jan's sibling, hand-in-glove, harmonies, once again, which were a trademark of Wild & Blue. You'll hear herlovely tenor soaring on It's Up To You. Jill currently works for the International Bluegrass Music Association in Nashville, TN.


Andy Todd is the foundation of the Moody Bluegrass recording. Andy has recorded and traveled with Charlie Sizemore, Kevin Williamson, Pam Gadd, and David Peterson & 1946. Currently, you can see him performing with Harley Allen and Traylor Parker. He is an expert Luthier, building banjos for Huber Banjo Co. Andy's premiere bass work can be heard on 11 of the Moody Bluegrass tracks.