beatlegras

beatlegras

BandJazzBluegrass

What started out as a project by three sessions musicians has turned into a group called "beatlegras". Not a main stream band by any means, you will only hear them on NPR stations and live in concert. Their energy is captivating from beginning to end, and their popularity is spreading.

Biography

Bands have been covering Beatles tunes for decades, but none like this talented trio. Imagine the music of the Fab Four shaken up with infusions of bluegrass and jazz and topped off with a classical twist. The result: a satisfying musical cocktail called beatlegras.
“This isn’t your same old Beatles band,” says Dave Walser, founder of the innovative group. A fan of the classic quartet since he first saw them on the Ed Sullivan Show, Dave was inspired to create beatlegras after seeing McCartney’s Back in the U.S. tour in 2002. “I thought it would be fun to get some great musicians together and play all acoustic versions of Beatles songs. Hooking up with George and Milo was the best thing that could happen. Each of us adds a little something different to the mix”.
A longtime Dallas musician, Dave Walser owns and operates Blue Moon Recording and Post, where most of the beatlegras CD was recorded.
George Anderson has been playing classical upright bass since junior high, which he now plays occasionally for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. He has also played with such notables as Ray Charles, Ella Fitzgerald and Woody Herman to name a few. His jazz album “Faces” was listed for a Grammy Award in the spring of 2003 and he is much in demand for his smooth jazz and R&B sound. Dave says “When I first asked George to be in beatlegras, he said he didn’t really know anything about playing bluegrass on the bass. I said, Great! You’ll be perfect!”
Milo Deering is a virtuoso player of stringed instruments, including the mandolin, fiddle, guitar and dobro. He is in constant demand as a session player and also as a composer. Milo has toured with Lee Ann Rimes and other well-known artists. You’ve probably heard his fiddle playing on the infamous Motel 6 theme song (“We’ll leave the light on for you”), which he also co-wrote. He even graced the silver screen in a cameo in the Sandra Bullock movie “Hope Floats”.
“One of the best things to me about the Beatles,” says Dave, “is that they weren’t afraid to think outside of the box. Neither are we”.

Discography

Our first CD titled "beatlegras" was released in Jan of 2004. We did the CD as a project and then became a band as a result.
"beatlegras live" was released Jan 2005 and gives a good picture of what our concerts are like. The recordings have that raw sound, but you can hear the humor in what we do.
We are finishing up our third CD to be named at a later date. We feel it will be our best and contains several original tunes as well.

Set List

Beatlegras Set List 1

Hello Goodbye
Sgt Pepper’s Lonely
Back in the U.S.S.R.
Bathroom Window
Drive My Car
Mother Nature’s Son
In My Life
I’ve Just Seen A Face
What Goes On
Blackbird
Time for You
8 days a week
Julia
Hey Bulldog
Norwegian Wood

Beatlegras Set List 2

Hard Days Night
Act Naturally
Please Please Me
Michelle
I Don’t Want to Spoil the Party
Things We Said/I’ll Be Back
Lady Madonna
For No One
Good Day Sunshine
Turkey in the Strawberry Fields Forever
Chow Chow Rag
And I Love Her
Come Together
Saw Her Standin There
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Eleanor Rigby
Hey Jude
Sgt Pepper outro
Farm Boy

Others-

DayTripper
Revolution
Bungalow Bill
While My Guitar Gently Weeps
I Want You/She’s So Heavy
Here There and Everywhere
Love is Real
Do You Remember
Yer Birthday