Bluegrass Etc. performs a hard hitting show of instrumental expertise, vocal precision and stage personality that never fails to entertain. The group is well known internationally and tours more than eighteen countries per year, performing more than 200 shows annually at festivals and in concert. Bluegrass Etc. consists of John Moore (mandolin, guitar, vocals), Dennis Caplinger (banjo, fiddle, vocals), and Bill Bryson (bass, vocals). The band has its roots in bluegrass music, but has evolved over the years into a much more dynamic and eclectic acoustic band.
In addition to being the mandolinist, guitarist and vocalist for Bluegrass Etc., John was also the mandolinist with the internationally acclaimed band CALIFORNIA, the International Bluegrass Music Association’s 1992, 1993 and 1994 Instrumental Band of the Year (see the cover story in the August 1992 issue of Bluegrass Unlimited magazine) John’s musical performances have led him throughout the U.S. and Canada, Europe and Japan, as well as in to the studio doing sessions for other artists. He does radio and television commercials, movie soundtracks including “Blaze” for Touchstone Pictures, “El Diablo” for HBO, “Christmas in Connecticut” in which he also appeared and “The Spitfire Grill” for Hallmark Hall of Fame. John also recorded the soundtrack for, and appeared in the CBS Television Special “The Legend of the Beverly Hillbillies” in a four piece band with Roy Clark, Byron Berline and Earl Scruggs. He recently recorded a Grammy nominated album with Byron Berline, Vince Gill, Bill Bryson, Dennis Caplinger, Rick Cunha and Jann Browne, and another with Mike Oldfield of “Tubular Bells” fame. John was featured on the cover of the May/June 1993 issue of Bluegrass Now magazine, and is most recently featured on the cover of the May/ June 1999 issue of Flatpick Guitar magazine.
Multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Dennis Caplinger is one of the most sought after studio musicians in California and often travels to Nashville, Tennessee to do sessions. He is currently under contract with Network Productions of San Diego, Ca. recording numerous television and radio commercials as well as writing and recording music for their extensive music library – one of the largest in the world. His movie soundtrack credits include “Back to the Future III”, “El Diablo”, “Rio Diablo” and Steven King’s “Apt Pupil” among others Dennis’ playing is regularly featured on the soundtrack of the Warner Bros. cartoons “Pinky and the Brain” and “Histeria”, as well as on recent commercials for “New York Life”, “Supercuts”, “Subway Sandwiches” and “Discover Card” featuring John Lithgow. He is a regular in the Academy of Country Music Awards Show band, and has just finished recording on new album projects with Rita Coolidge and mandolinist John Reishmann Dennis is a frequent contributor to Banjo Newsletter and can be seen in the October 1999 issue of Bluegrass Now magazine which contains a feature article on him.
He is one of the legendary bass players of the L.A. Country/ Bluegrass music scene and had been held in high esteem for the last 30 years. He was a founding member of the Desert Rose Band and the Laurel Canyon Ramblers. He has also toured extensively with Dan Fogelberg, Chris Hillman (of the Byrds), Bernie Leadon (of the Eagles) and the Bluegrass Cardinals. Bill has recorded with Merle Haggard, Buck Owens, Glen Campbell, Mary-Chapin Carpenter, Emmy Lou Harris and the Oak Ridge Boys to name a few. He has won two Grammys and has been nominated numerous times for the Academy of Country Music’s Bass Player of the Year Award. His credits also include feature films such as “The Long Riders”, “Cannery Row” and “Bound for Glory” as well as numerous television and radio commercials.