Bands have been covering Beatles tunes for decades, but none like Sgt. Peppers Lonely Bluegrass Band. Imagine the music of the Fab Four shaken up with infusions of bluegrass and jazz and topped off with a classical twist. The result: a satisfying musical cocktail!
What if…The Beatles were actually from somewhere in the Black Mountain Hills of Dakota?
Sgt. Peppers Lonely Bluegrass Band is a collection of four very different musicians creating a new sound from the greatest music ever written by the greatest band ever… The Beatles. Sgt. Peppers Lonely Bluegrass Band’s repertoire features new and innovative takes on songs like …Eleanor Rigby, Back in the U.S.S.R, Come Together, Blackbird and many more.
“This isn’t your same old Beatles band,” says Dave Walser, founder of the innovative group. A fan of the classic quartet since he first saw them on the Ed Sullivan Show, Dave was inspired to create Sgt. Peppers Lonely Bluegrass Band after seeing McCartney’s Back in the U.S. tour in 2002. “I thought it would be fun to get some great musicians together and play all acoustic versions of Beatles songs. Each of us adds a little something different to the mix”.
Dave Walser- guitar/ lead vocals
Dave began his musical interest at 6 years old when his Dad decided to take up the guitar. It quickly became a father/son thing and Dave began playing bluegrass immediately. When the Beatles were on the Ed Sullivan Show a couple of years later, the wheels started turning and Dave started playing Beatles songs with a little bluegrass twist. During his college days, Dave paid his way through school playing gigs in Dallas at night and going to school during the day. After finishing up at East Texas State University, Dave continued to play gigs and lead worship at several churches. In 2004, he founded the innovative band Beatlegras and toured the U.S. and the U.K playing this hybrid of Beatles and Bluegrass in performing arts centers and theatres. After taking a year off in 2011, the band reformed as Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Bluegrass Band. Dave’s passion is evident in every show. “ It’s all about the music and the audience,” he says, “It’s amazing how there’s an instant bond when you play Beatles songs. What a great way to make a living!”
Dave Walser plays Olson Guitars and is also featured on their website among the likes of Paul McCartney, James Taylor and Sting.
Bach Norwood- double bass/vocals
Bassist and multi-instrumentalist Bach Norwood also started singing and playing music at an early age and studied classical music and jazz through school and college. As his love for jazz accelerated, Bach transferred to the University of North Texas, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Studies, with a bass performance concentration, and a minor in music theory. Currently Bach can be seen performing with orchestras and jazz bands throughout Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana, and of course with Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Bluegrass Band. His singular voice and creative innovations on the double bass make him the perfect bassist for SPLBB. He has also toured the world most recently with Polyphonic Spree.
Reginald Rueffer- fiddle/violin/vocals
Music captured Reggie’s attention early in life. Reggie’s dad sang and played acoustic guitar when he and his brother were just toddlers and taught the little boys such songs as Faded Love by Bob Wills , and You Are My Sunshine. Reggie’s formal music training began when he started to take classical violin studies from Margaret Brouwer, and quickly became All-State Orchestra member all four of his high school years. He left for a Music Education degree at the University of North Texas, and eventually transferred to SMU on a full scholarship. He spent 13 years touring as Charley Pride’s fiddle player but never lost his love for classical music and the Beatles.
Gerald Jones- banjo/mandolin
Gerald Jones is well known in Texas music circles as a multi-instrumental genius. He began teaching almost from the time he started playing. His many students include Dixie Chick, Emily Robison. Gerald has been playing music full time and has performed with an incredible variety of groups including Michael Martin Murphy, John Hartford, Mark O’Connor, Lazy River (with Vince Gill), Texas country singers Will Barnes and Red Stegall, and Texas fiddle legend Texas Shorty (Jim Chancellor).