The Dirty Grass Players

Emerging​ ​from​ ​the​ ​storied​ ​bluegrass​ ​scene​ ​in​ ​Baltimore​ ​is​ ​the​ ​Dirty​ ​Grass​ ​Players,​ ​who with​ ​their​ ​recently​ ​released​ ​self-titled​ ​debut​ ​album,​ ​are​ ​keeping​ ​alive​ ​the​ ​rich​ ​tradition​ ​of progressive​ ​bluegrass.​ ​Their​ ​music​ ​straddles​ ​the​ ​gap​ ​between​ ​the​ ​traditional​ ​and​ ​the modern​ ​with​ ​an​ ​infectious,​ ​forward-thinking​ ​sound​ ​that​ ​can​ ​easily​ ​move​ ​from​ ​a​ ​simple, sweetly,​ ​picked​ ​tune​ ​into​ ​an​ ​adventurous,​ ​inspired​ ​jam.​ ​Their​ ​debut​ ​album,​ ​The​ ​Dirty Grass​ ​Players​,​ ​is​ ​the​ ​perfect​ ​representation​ ​of​ ​this​ ​dynamic​ ​musical​ ​palate. The​ ​Dirty​ ​Grass​ ​Players,​ ​Ben​ ​Kolakowski​ ​(Guitar),​ ​Ryan Rogers​ ​(Mandolin),​ ​Colin​ ​Rappa​ ​(Bass),​ ​Alex​ ​Berman​ ​(Banjo), Alex​ ​Tocco​ ​(Violin)​ ​came​ ​together​ ​following​ ​a​ ​series​ ​of informal​ ​picking​ ​sessions​ ​in​ ​2015​ ​that​ ​eventually​ ​gave​ ​birth​ ​to​ ​the​ ​band.​ ​Since​ ​then​ ​the band​ ​has​ ​quickly​ ​garnered​ ​some​ ​serious​ ​attention​ ​winning​ ​the​ ​2017​ ​Charm​ ​City Bluegrass​ ​Festival​ ​Battle​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Band.​ ​They​ ​have​ ​also​ ​shared​ ​the​ ​stage​ ​with​ ​musical luminaries​ ​including​ ​Larry​ ​Keel,​ ​Donna​ ​the​ ​Buffalo,​ ​Fruition,​ ​and​ ​the​ ​Cris​ ​Jacobs​ ​Band and​ ​appeared​ ​at​ ​such​ ​festivals​ ​as​ ​Camp​ ​Bluegrass,​ ​Sleepy​ ​Creek​ ​Spring​ ​Dig,​ ​Great Folkgrass​ ​Happenstance,​ ​KarmaFest,​ ​and​ ​the​ ​Charm​ ​City​ ​Bluegrass​ ​Festival.

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