Vipers Dream

Vipers Dream

 Asheville, North Carolina, USA

Hot Club Swing in the style of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli.


Vipers Dream of Asheville NC plays the forever vibrant and swinging music of Django Reinhardt, in the style commonly known as hot club gypsy jazz. Featuring tight interplay between guitar and fiddle, Vipers Dream conjures up images of times past while simultaneously providing a fresh interpretation of classic tunes.

Dan Bletz, lead guitar, fills the gypsy shoes of Django Reinhardt. Dan was bottle fed Tony Rice as a wee lad and heard the intense strains of Bireli Lagrene as a pre-pubescent. After a several year detour as a touring bluegrass musician, Dan now faithfully recreates Django's genius note for note while at the same time using his considerable talent to provide a modern and unique interpretation. Dan resides in a trailer down by the river with his hound dog Ruby.

Adam Masters, five string fiddle. fell in love with Djangos music before colliding with the tunes of Bill Monroe and the beautiful harmony playing of Bobby Hicks. After studying extensively with the old masters of mountain music, Adam brings his respect for the melody, ear for harmony and love of hot club fiddle to Vipers Dream. Adam works as a realtor and lives in Madison County.

Dave Keister, drummer, has played jazz percussion since before he could ride a bike. Dave brings his experience of playing with some of the backbones of jazz....which is evidenced in what he doesn't play. Dave's excellent taste and light touch form the foundation of Vipers Dream's hot swing. Dave's day job is in alternative energy and off the grid living....he just lives by the river.

Steven Shealy, Rhythm Guitar. Important to the Hot Club sound is the driving percussive rhythm of a Selmer Style guitar, of which Steven Shealy faithfully provides the steady harmonic carpet for Adam and Dan to improvise upon. Steven is an endangered species, an Asheville native.

Cary Fridley, upright bassist and vocals. Cary's extensive experience and deep relationship with the groove hold vipers dream in a tight coil. Cary is also her own bandleader and educator.

Recently highlighted at Django Reinhardts 100th birthday party at the Grey Eagle, Vipers Dream is quickly making a name for itself on the local music scene. Their crisp arrangements and nostalgic sounds will keep you swinging all night.

Set List

Appel Direct, Djangology, Nuages, Blue Drag, Place de Brokuere, Dinah, Blues Clair, Coquette, Exactly Like You