Blueground Undergrass
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Blueground Undergrass

Atlanta, Georgia, United States | MAJOR

Atlanta, Georgia, United States | MAJOR
Band Country Bluegrass

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Discography

"Barnyard Gone Wrong" - 1998 - Root Cellar Records
"Live at the Variety Playhouse" - 1999 - Phoenix Rising
"Newground" - 2001 - Root Cellar Records
"Faces" - 2006 - Landslide Records

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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, at time taking live Blueground Undergrass shows to the brink of almost moshpit type energy, yet all still guided with song-driven clarity along the way.
A veteran of the jam band scene, Jeff Mosier (AKA�The Reverend�) has consistently remained on the cutting edge of experimental music. He was a founding member of Col. Bruce Hampton's original Aquarium Rescue Unit, and over the years, has performed on stage with Widespread Panic, The Allman Brothers Band, Leftover Salmon and Phish. In 2002, he played banjo on Leftover Salmon's first tour after the tragic loss of banjoist Mark Vann. Mosier toured with Phish in 1994, prompting the best selling book �The Phish Companion� to state: �perhaps no guest artist has had as great an influence on the band's history as the Reverend Jeff Mosier.�
Blueground Undergrass is currently playing theatres, clubs and festivals all over the country with original members Mark Van Allen (pedal steel) and Johnny Mosier (electric and acoustic guitars) both back in the line-up. Legendary steel player and original BGUG member Mark Van Allen has played over the years with everyone from John Berry to Travis Tritt to more recently with Herring, Rogers and Sipe and was an original member of Sugarland. Jack Watson plays drums and percussion and former Codetalkers bassist Andrew Altman rounds out the line-up with his diverse skills both on acoustic and electric bass. The band is currently touring and preparing for the recording of their fifth release which will be a live CD/DVD to be recorded in spring or summer of 2009 live from an underground cave venue in Tennessee ironically called �Bluegrass Underground.� The film/album will be a collection of new material, old songs revisited and a retrospective documentary film of the bands career, friends and influences. It will be called �Blueground Undergrass live at Bluegrass Underground.� Recently band leader Jeff Mosier who turns fifty this year, spoke about the band..

�We�re back and we�re having more fun and honestly making our best music ever because we�re listening to each other and hearing our music like never before. Taking a break was good for us and we learned a lot about what being in a band is all about. Playing with my brother Johnny Mosier and Mark Van Allen again is a dream come true for me because it represents so much of what I personally believe about the healing power of music in everyday life. You have to keep going and that is what we intend to do this time out. Like never before, I think live music means so much to so many. Truly live music is the original �high definition�. This upcoming recording will be a great time for us and our fans and we look forward to the process. If you haven�t seen us lately, then come on out and have fun with us. I think playing music for a living is great because you always have the chance to get better with age if you stay curious and open to everything and embrace change on a regular basis. Many things get easier when certain things get learned. My journey in music has always been, and still remains, a great teacher for me, and for that I am grateful.�