John Moore and Friends 2023
In addition to having been the mandolinist, guitarist and vocalist for the internationally acclaimed band Bluegrass Etc, John Moore was also the mandolinist with the award-winning band California, the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Instrumental Band of the Year, three years in a row.
John’s musical performances have led him throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and Japan, as well as into the studio doing radio and television commercials, along with movie soundtracks and sessions for other artists.
He has appeared in productions by, and done musical soundtracks for, HBO, Paramount Pictures, Touchstone Pictures and A&E Television Network. He most recently appeared in the HBO Series Deadwood, and has appeared on the cover of Bluegrass Now, Bluegrass Unlimited and Flatpick Guitar magazines.
He is also a sought-after teacher, having taught some of today’s hottest young musicians. John has taught, and continues to teach, at numerous music camps, including Wintergrass Academy (WA), Steve Kaufman’s Guitar Camp (TN), Bluegrass On The Beach (OR), Sore Fingers Music Camp (England), Rockygrass Academy (CO), Northern Bluegrass Circle Music Camp (AB, Canada), Levelland College (TX) and Northern Minn. Bluegrass Camp (MN), among many others.
This year’s “friends” include Stuart Duncan, America’s favorite fiddler, is known for his tasteful touch that’s been enjoyed by millions. Nashville Bluegrass Band member since 1985, Stuart has garnered many Grammys & other awards, and is a sought-after session musician. Homegrown So Cal legend Ron Block, from Allison Krauss & Union Station, gathers many accolades with his stellar banjo picking & singing as he performs many musical genres. Rick Faris, formerly with Special Consensus, adds some amazing guitar playing and was recently named “New Artist of the Year” at the 2022 International Bluegrass Music Association’s awards ceremony. Summergrass welcomes back Steve Spurgin – a renowned songwriter (Walk In the Irish Rain), and bass player with legendary bands such as California and Bluegrass Etc.
John Moore – mandolin, guitar, vocals; Stuart Duncan – fiddle; Ron Block – banjo, vocals; Rick Faris – guitar, vocals; Steve Spurgin – bass, vocals