Steven Darsey is a singer, collector, and scholar of folk song. Believing that folk music conveys fundamental cultural truths, he strives to make these real for contemporary listeners. With a straightforward style
in the tradition of balladeers Tommy Makem and Burl Ives, he sings little-known songs such as “Leather Winged Bat,” comic songs like “Three Nights Drunk,” spirituals like “I’m Goin’ Home,” classics like
“Danny Boy,” and his own folk-style compositions, as in his setting of Sidney Lanier’s “Song of the Chattahoochee.” A seventh generation Georgian, he also shares southern wit and wisdom.
For nine years Steven was privileged to sing songs to complement Fred Craddock’s stories in their Winged for the Heart programs in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Their collaborations were featured in a statewide radio
broadcast on Georgia Public Broadcasting’s On Stage, in a GPB videocast and in several programs produced by Sally Sears and broadcast by the GPB affiliate at North Georgia College. Their concerts are available
on seven CDs. By profession a church musician, Steven holds the Doctor of Musical Arts from the Yale School of Music.
Scrugg’s-style banjo picker “The Rev” Jeff Mosier is one of the earliest music pioneers who merged bluegrass instruments and traditional tunes with the magnetic energy of rock and roll. He founded the jamgrass band Blueground Undergrass (BGUG) in 1998 after years of crafting his banjo skills in various bands, playing everything from bluegrass with his brother Johnny (Good Medicine) to experimental rock (Col. Bruce Hampton and the Aquarium Rescue Unit) to jazz-fusion (The Ear Reverents). Blueground Undergrass, the band he fronted for more than a decade, recorded four albums and built a sizable national following by combining bluegrass purism with a jam band sensibility. Later, as the jamband scene became more jam-tronica and less roots-driven, he formed a more song-driven rock/bluegrass ensemble, The Mosier Brothers band, that performed at festivals, theaters, and private events throughout the region. His solo performances further showcase his outstanding vocals, banjo picking, and songwriting mingled with both amusing and poignant storytelling known to evoke both laughter and tears. Currently, in addition to performing solo and with various other artists, he can be found in the recording studio or on the set hosting his most recent video project, “The Search for the Southern Sound”.
Mosier draws from a variety of influences ranging from bluegrass and jazz to psychedelic folk-rock and alt-country. Having shared the stage with such legends as Peter Rowan, Vassar Clements, Col. Bruce Hampton, Phish, Leftover Salmon, and Widespread Panic, Mosier has always been a versatile artist who is as comfortable performing on a stage full of musicians as he is playing solo. His superb vocal mastery and unique banjo picking combine to deliver a special experience highlighting his original tunes as well as some familiar traditionals and lesser known covers. Whether traveling through acoustic ballads, thought-provoking and humorous banter, or high-energy bluegrass, each Jeff Mosier show is a musical journey sending the listener on an enjoyable foot-tapping jaunt out on the road and back home again.
“Perhaps no guest artist has had as great an influence on the band’s music as the Rev. Jeff Mosier…” – The Phish Companion