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Jeff Raught
Jeff Raught

Jeff has been meandering his way through life with songs and stories for many years. Finding the humor in unexpected places and delivering it in a way that only Jeff can. Connecting the dots, or maybe helping to erase them. It is a delightful blend of music that has flavors of blues, gospel and hints of The American Songbook.

For a new twist on some old yarn....

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Various ensembles over thirty-ish years.
Various ensembles over thirty-ish years.

I play bass guitar (currently a five string "MTD").

I've played in churches (I'm part of a folk group in a Catholic church at present), pubs - nasty and nice, concerts, coffee houses and assorted other environments.

I've played in duos, full bands (three, four, five piece) and other configurations. I've had the good fortune to be part of a number of recording sessions as well.

I play by ear and use chord charts frequently. I am learning to "read" but am at a beginner level in that regard.

There are very few types of music that I don't like. I've played rock, country, gospel, reggae, folk and even some classical at a semi-serious to pretty serious level.

I'm a sucker for a great melody, a cool riff or a worthwhile lyric. If all three elements converge in a song great; I will, however, settle for one or two of them. :-)

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Benjamin Ezra
http://www.myspace.com/benjaminezra

Dear Music Fans,

I play alot of the music I have written at concerts. Most people stand around watching and claping. If you like music I think we could be good friends, because that means we would have alot in common. I've been playing and writting music all my life. So if you have any questions about my life, music or want to play some frisbee come to the show. See you there.

Thanks,
Benjamin Ezra

Bill Beck
http://www.beckinsurance.com/

Been playing for a long time. Mandolin, Guitar. Bluegrass, Country folk, Jazz. Christian. Haven't traveled much in the last 10-15 years. Used to all the time. 3 states. Wife and 4 kids 3 in college, 1 in 8th grade. Not much extra money.

Play at Church with a small group. Piano, bass, drums, 2 vocalists

Probably wouldn't want to travel more than 100 miles. You never know. Everyone I play with is age 40+ Not much hair anymore. Ride Harley, like to travel. Enjoy all kinds of music. Enjoy filling in for musicians. Enjoy people. Enjoy diversity.

BlankBlueSky
http://www.blankblueskyband.com/

BlankBlueSky is naming the struggle and bringing it home. Straight-up rock created by straight-up people for anyone who cares to listen.

Blue Mountain Sunrise

Blue Mountain Sunrise has been playing to the enjoyment of Bluegrass and Bluegrass Gospel fans in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and beyond for over 30 years. From corporate and private parties, family reunions, festivals and church services along with the occasional live radio and TV appearances, we have played them all. We enjoy every opportunity to bring joy and entertainment to our fans whose appreciation and encouragement make it all worthwhile! Our current line-up includes two brothers who provide harmonious vocals. Roy Kiser (known to many as Danny) keeps time on the upright bass. (1939 Kay) Jeff Kiser holds his own with great licks and background work on the 5-string banjo (1980 Gold Star Archtop). Darrell Weaver, the only original member band member, rips on the resophonic guitar (Beard). Brent Burkholder works the guitar (Limited Edition Martin) with good rhythm and leads. Logan Martin, the newest band member, plays a Harwood mandolin with passion and poise. Band members have played in various Bluegrass and Gospel groups over the years and are seasoned veterans of the Bluegrass scene. If interested in bookings or more info, please contact Roy "Danny" Kiser, Jr. (540)290-3663 or send him an email at kiserpad@gmail.com.

brad yoder
http://www.bradyoder.com/

Brad Yoder, voted "Best Acoustic Artist" in 2003 and 2004 by the Pittsburgh City Paper, in a live coffeehouse performance.

Logging hundreds of performances in venues ranging from colleges, clubs, and cafés to church basements and the zoo, Brad has earned the title of "ruling the Pittsburgh coffeehouse scene" (Pittsburgh Magazine.) His song "Used" was recently featured on the CBS show NUMB3RS, and “Till the Colors” was a part of the Pittsburgh History Museum’s 9/11 exhibit. As a solo performer, Brad has showcased at the Pittsburgh Folk, and Philadelphia Fringe Festivals, and opened for artists as diverse as Robyn Hitchcock, Todd Snider, the Nields, Ellis Paul, Lucy Kaplansky, Carrie Newcomer, the Vigilantes of Love, and David Gray.

Bryan Moyer Suderman
http://www.smalltallmusic.com/

Bryan Moyer Suderman has a knack for writing songs that are deeply scriptural, musically memorable, and readily singable. Since the release of his first studio album “God’s Love is for Everybody” in 2002, Bryan’s “songs of faith for small and tall” have become favorites of families and congregations across North America and beyond, and have been published in numerous hymnal, songbook, and curriculum resources. Bryan’s newest CD, “New World Coming,” is a compilation drawn from his 5 studio albums released over the past 10 years on the SmallTall Music label (www.smalltallmusic.com).

Previous recording credits include albums with Huellas and Licanantay (Latin American folkloric music groups), participation in 2 CDs released by Mennonite Central Committee to support people impacted by HIV/AIDS in Africa, and production of "Songs from Africa 2003," a recording of the Mennonite World Conference Assembly 14 International Choir, of which he was a member.

Bryan lives near Toronto, Ontario, and tours regularly, usually by bus or train, singing and leading worship in congregational and conference/convention settings - as well as living rooms, camps, schools, and the occasional park bench. SmallTall Music has been his "flexible full-time" vocation since 2003.

Bucky Driedger
http://www.myspace.com/buckydriedgermusic

I use my voice, guitar and harmonicas to make songs.

Influences include, but not limited to:
Bob Dylan
Wilco
Bright Eyes
Martin Sexton
Hayden
The Beatles

Burnt Possum: Dan Easley, Jeremy Frey, Chad Gusler
http://burntpossum.com

The Burnt Possum Poets is a trio of wordsmiths based in Harrisonburg, Virginia. They explore the minute differences between romance, nature, the divine and taxicabs. A musician first and foremost, Dan Easley composes and records songs and sound-scapes. In love with the world and everything in it, Jeremy Frey generates poems and creative nonfiction. Chad Gusler delivers short stories and sermons, often mixing both genres to expose and surpass the embedded boundaries of prose and the pulpit. Their work can be found at Burnt Possum and at Towndowner Records.

Bush Wiebe
http://www.myspace.com/bushwiebe

"Mennonites may be pacifists but Bush Wiebe reminds us that they're still pretty badass!" Rhubarb Magazine

Spend a bit of time in a world of uncompromising and unapologetic Mennonite blues that'll stomp you deep into the ground.

http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/BushWiebeandtheMennoniteBluesE https://www.facebook.com/BushWiebe/app_470868196288052 https://myspace.com/bushwiebe

Cantore
http://www.cantoremusic.com/
Cantore (which is the Latin word for "Singers") is a group of 10 men who love making music together. Music of almost any kind is fair game, as long as we think it sounds good, is fun to sing, and is acappella. The group began six years ago with four voices, and two years later added four more. Within the last year it expanded to 10, but decided not to grow any further. They sing music of many styles, including classical, sacred, German chorales, Russian Orthodox, bluegrass gospel, spirituals, folk songs, and barbershop. Most of them are members of Park View Mennonite Church, and they do many of their performances in church settings. The majority of their repertoire is religious music, but they also enjoy singing good secular folk songs and a few barbershop numbers.

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