About Blue Plate Special
Their latest CD, Nowhere Fast features 12 new original songs showcasing Blue Plate Specials wide range of influences including bluegrass, swing, country, Cajun, polka, and gospel. Two of the cuts on "Nowhere Fast" have been feature in nationaly aired documentaries.
Whether in a concert setting, casual party atmosphere or interactive
childrens workshop, Blue Plate Special offers highly engaging performances.
Their sheer love of what they do, resonates with audiences of all ages.
|Dave Gross - singer/songwriter is a New Jersey native. His unique mandolin style is influenced by a wide range of mando players from western swing great Tiny Moore, to Dawg music innovator David Grisman. Dave also brings a strong traditional bluegrass influence into the band, always tipping his hat to Bill Monroe. Dave is widely known as the host of On the Sunny Side a bluegrass radio show on WFDU for over a decade. Dave is also Blue Plate Specials producer/arranger, and tech-guru.|
|Jay Friedman singer/songwriter, fiddle and guitar player hails from downstate New York. Jay has studied music since childhood, starting with piano and accordion. Her most recent passion is the fiddle. Jays vocal style helps define Blue Plate Specials strong vocal sound. Her clever songwriting tells stories with a twist, drawing from all styles of music, from swing, bluegrass and country, to rhythm and blues.|
|Tom Wise -singer/songwriter, bass and harmonica player. Toms twangy, laid back vocals, reveal his midwestern heritage. His strong songwriting incorporates some wide-ranging musical influences including blues, swing and country. Toms ability to play bass, sing and wail on the harmonica make this multi instrumentalist a joy to behold.|
James Hemp - guitar/vocals . A slave to two masters bearing the same name, James grows bluegrass all day and plays bluegrass all night. As a plant biology graduate student, James performs research in annual bluegrass at Rutgers University. As a flatpick guitarist, this Oklahoma native produces generous yields of that freshly-picked bluegrass sound. You can usually find James at a local golf course, Mexican restaurant or indie rock show.