TrueGrass specializes in reviving music of the old-time masters, adapting modern material to the bluegrass idiom, and creating original songs and new tunes in the traditional stringband style. ?TrueGrass features Tom Draughon from Ashland WI on guitar, fiddle & vocals, Bruce Qualey from Cable WI on bass & vocals, and Jed Malischke from Spooner WI on banjo, resophonic guitar & vocals. They perform together and with various guest musicians throughout NW Wisconsin and the surrounding four state areas.?
All veterans of the Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua, with over 100 years of combined professional performing experience, they take a traditional music recipe, add a pinch of influence from rock, blues, jazz, and gospel, spice it with experienced showmanship, and cook up a steady diet of fun to engage your audience on and off stage.
“This band has really got it going! Tight harmonies and great pickin’, a real crowd pleaser on the main stage at the Kickoff. We’re sure to have them back!” –-Matt Johnson, Event Manager, Minnesota Homegrown Kickoff Music Festival
“TrueGrass knows just what their fans want to hear and deliver on all counts: superb musicianship, soaring vocals and great tunes. Highly recommended.” –Zona Wick, Programming Director, Historic Ironwood Theatre, Ironwood MI
“We always count on the skilled musicians of TrueGrass to produce a lively and entertaining performance of originals and traditional favorites to delight our listeners.” –-Gary Crandall, Brand Manager, Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival
“TrueGrass Trio Mesmerizes Audience,” –-Ontonagon Herald Front Page Headline, July 2018