No, it's not some late night variety show on some backwater cable television station (not yet anyway). But the Tom & Jed show can be just as crazy. There are no two guys who have more fun picking and singing classic and contemporary bluegrass, from Bill Monroe to Flatt & Scruggs, Jim & Jesse to the Osborne Brothers, Tony Rice to Peter Rowan. Is this baby boomer bluegrass?
They play guitar, banjo (three-finger and clayhammer), resophonic guitar, ukulele and fiddle. They play bluegrass, old-time stringband, newgrass, folk, traditional, you name it. And singing? Of course! They sing solos, duets, trios (ok, no trios --- you need The TrueGrass Trio for that --- see below)
Tom Draughon originally formed TrueGrass as part of a multimedia theatre show he created about the rural roots and history of bluegrass music. Tom is a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, primarily playing Doc Watson style guitar and fronting lead vocals. He also plays clayhammer banjo and old-time fiddle (and occasionally ukulele too). He is a music educator and teaches at Northland College and through the Northwoods Strings, as well as giving private lessons. And with his gift of perfect pitch he tunes pianos!
Jed Malischke has been producing concerts, festivals, and fairs for fifty plus years, first as a kid in his hometown of Milwaukee, and then as a professional with his own production company CM Management. For the past thirty years with the Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Association he has created five annual music festivals and several concert series. His premier event, the Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Festival has been nominated by the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) in Nashville as Event of the Year five times! And all this while performing and touring throughout the US and Europe with groups like Java Jam, Radio Bluegrass, Dick Kimmel & Co, and the Mill City Ramblers. Jed plays a vintage 1927 Gibson arch-top banjo, Martin D-18 guitar, Dobro resophonic guitar, and stand-up bass fiddle. He has lectured and taught on the history as well as the performance of bluegrass music. No wonder that Wisconsin Public Radio host Tom Martin Erickson dubbed him "A Friend of Bluegrass."
The TrueGrass Trio
If you have a larger venue, or are looking for a little more punch, add Bruce Qualey for a TrueGrass Trio. Bruce is a classically trained bass player who enjoys performing all kinds of music. He began by studying with the assistant principal bassist of the Minneapolis Symphony, then attended the National Music Camp at Interlochen, Michigan, for five summers. Over his decades of music making, he has performed in many types of ensemble groups and in many musical styles. He played in the Rochester (MN) Symphony Orchestra for twenty years while at the same time playing in a traditional bluegrass group. After moving to northern Wisconsin in 1995, he was the long-time bass player in three popular northland groups: Duck for the Oyster, an old-time dance band; the Namekagon String Band folk group and The Dean's List big band.
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Tom Draughan, firstname.lastname@example.org, 715-682-9362
Jed Malischke, email@example.com, 715-635-2479