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"Southwest Bluegrass Association"

Tom Lister, SWBA Activity Chairman
The SouthWest Bluegrass Association
1013 N Lyman Avenue
Covina, CA 91724
Phone (626) 332-5865; E-Mail: t-clister@comcastnet

June 23, 2006

Grass Backwards
29220 Cruthers Creek
Pearblossom, C4 93553

Once again we want to thank you for the terrific shows you put on at our Super Jam in Yucaipa and on the Huck Finn's Entertainer's stage at the Huck Finn's Jubilee.

Your show is always fun to watch and listen too. I know you made many new bluegrass followers with your performances.

Thanks again,

Tom Lister Activity Chairman
- Tom Lister


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Based out of Southern California in the Antelope Valley, Grass Backwards first came onto the California bluegrass scene at the 2002 Topanga Banjo & Fiddle Contest placing first in the band category. After a major reorganization in March of 2004, Grass Backwards then performed their first show in April at the Antelope Valley Mall. Each member brings many years of musical experience to the band.

Buddy Clifton, originally from Douglas, Arizona has family roots in Pike County Kentucky and has been playing music since he was 10 years old. While on tour with the country/rock band Steel Breeze, Buddy has shared the stage with the Kingston Trio, Sam the Sham and the Pharos, Sonny Thogmartin, and others. At a bluegrass festival in Tucson, he met banjo-legend Larry McNeely and moved to Southern California to study with him. Buddy plays banjo and dobro and sings harmony, some lead. He does occasional song writing and the group plays several of his original instrumentals.

Don Branson, A native of Southern California, Don has played Guitar and Mandolin with a number of bands including Harmony and Grits, Rock Springs Road and Clearly Bluegrass. Don sings lead and harmony vocals and has written several songs and is the source of some of the bands original material. Don is the "Front Man" of the band and if the band will allow he will be telling jokes and having fun.

Walt Puzan, a native of Michigan, has been active in Bluegrass since the early days of the old Norco festivals. His interest in music started at a young age with his father¢s fiddle playing and continued into high school with his friends frequently gathered at his house for R&B, Rock n¢Roll and jazz jams. He has played bass with several Bluegrass bands in the past, Backporch Bluegrass Band, Rock Springs Road and now Grassbackwards.

Bill Elmore is almost a native of California. Born in the Lone Star State of Baja Oklahoma his early influence in country music & guitar made it a natural to take a-likin to Bluegrass music. His first exposure to Bluegrass was jamin at the Coffee Haus in Orange, Ca, with Chris Rudd. Later he joined Bill Robinson & the "South Wind" band. Bill plays mandolin with the group and sings tenor harmony.

Randy Carder came from Newton Kansas to Southern California. Trained in classical music all through his school years, for some reason he put the violin down for the guitar. He decided to pick it up again and purchased a violin and took lessons. When Dave Wilson found out that Randy was back into the Violin, (they work together), Dave hounded Randy to join the group he was in at the time. It wasn't until Dave Wilson and Don Branson started to talk about forming a new band with Buddy Clifton and Bill Elmore, GRASS BACKWARDS, that Dave finally shamed him into it, and Randy is glad he did. Randy no longer plays the "Violin", he now plays the "Fiddle".