Milwaukee's Bluegrass All Stars all grew up in Bluegrass, and are still a fun-loving, collection of veteran musicians whose roots keep them coming back for more. As the years rolled on other music forms – and steadier paychecks – helped stretch the sound. Returning to their bluegrass roots, these musical experiences melded to produce todays All Stars. Scruggs and Crow with Hank and Haggard are all represented in any given show. Featuring Cotton Thomas Schwark on mandolin and fiddle, Dan Nimphius on hard driving banjo and dobro, J.P. picking the guitar, and long tall Jim Meyers slapping the old stand up bass, when The Bluegrass All Stars turn it on you'll find your face a-smilin' and your toes a-tappin.
Four guys that sing the Bluegrass harmonies – it's sure to hit that high, lonesome spot in your heart.
Milwaukee's Bluegrass All Stars
From blistering banjo breakdowns to hard-core country classics,
The Bluegrass All Stars play ‘em like they ought to be done.
Damn, these guys are hotter than my granny's pickles. Tastier too.
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Big Jim Meyers on upright bass and vocals got his start with a chance apartment rental in the 70s next to Grass Food and Lodging’s Dede Wyland.. Hearing live bluegrass launched a love of Bluegrass, Western Swing and the upright bass. A new bass and a few lessons started an eclectic musical journey that includes; the Radai Blues Band, The Last Resort, the Industrial Valley Rangers, Western Box Turtles, Bobby Pearse Show and the occasional polka band. His proudest achievement was as bassist for Mole Lake's Bluegrass Festival stage each of the first 5 years. Growing up swinging to old Benny Goodman records, Jim brings that swing beat to every All Stars show.
Mandolin - Fiddle
Tom resides in Milwaukee where he is a freelance musician. One of Tom's earliest memories is being able, at five years old, to put his mother's 78-rpm records of Bill Monroe, Tex Ritter, and Gene Autry on the family's record player all by himself. At seven, Tom heard his uncle playing the mandolin at family picnics, and he taught himself to play by age 17. During the 70s Tom was a member of the well-known midwest band Grass Food & Lodging. Tom plays around town with just about everyone. He still owns and sometimes performs with his grandfather's Gibson 1924-A snakehead mando.
Banjo - Dobro
Danny Nimphius Plays 5 string banjo, dobro, and sings vocals in the band. He started playing in 1970, and also teaches banjo. In the 80s, he helped promote the Bluegrass 90 radio show, and later had his own radio show on WBCS.
One of several bluegrass bands he founded was the Brew County Rounders in the 80s and 90s.
Danny won the Wisconsin State Fair banjo contest in 1985 and has
had the opportunity to spend time with banjo legends Earl Scruggs, and Don Reno. He has played the Grand O'l Opry twice, on stage with Vince Gill.
A Milwaukee native, JP has developed enough instrumental chops to become one of the area’s most truncated sidemen since his ‘Grass, Food & Lodging days. Frequently called on by groups who’ve lost a “chopstick” JP perilously supplies mandolin, guitar, and/or vocals to the amazement of all and the bemusement of a few.
From career beginnings on, he would attempt the instrument no one else in the group enjoys – and still does. As a fan once described the experience, “You ain’t heard nothing!” And that, my friend, is the definative.
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