Greenbroke – all star newgrass band

We recently received another bit of interesting news from Dan Miller at Flatpicking Guitar Magazine, this time about a new “part time” band made up of some fiery newgrass super pickers performing sporadically as Greenbroke.

Four talented bluegrass veterans–Dennis Caplinger (banjo and fiddle), John Moore (mandolin), John Cowan (bass), and Brad Davis (guitar)–came together for the first time in April of 2005 to appear at the Pickin at the Pavilion Festival in Montrose, Colorado. They had so much fun that year that they decided to do it again in 2006. Calling themselves Greenbroke, the four musicians, who have each all had long and distinguished careers in bluegrass music, put on a spectacular high energy show in Montrose.

Although each member currently has other commitments (Caplinger and Moore with Bluegrass, Etc., Cowan with the John Cowan Band, and Davis with Earl Scruggs and Billy Bob Thornton) they have now decided to do more Greenbroke shows, and possibly even record together. Currently their show consists of traditional bluegrass vocal and instrumental songs combined with a few old Newgrass Revival tunes, some Brad Davis originals, and a few gospel numbers. However, shortly after the show in Montrose Davis and Cowan got together to start writing some new material for the band.

The band does not have a web presence at this time, but you should be able to find news about any shows or recording they may do on Brad Davis’ web site.

Click on the thumbnail below to see the band in concert in April ’06 at Montrose, CO.

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John Lawless

John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.