The Dappled Grays have been called “Atlanta’s Bluegrass Band.” Its members are powerhouse musicians who combine straight-ahead bluegrass, progressive jazz, blues sensibilities, pristine vocals, and top-flight songwriting into a startlingly fresh and original sound. With their 2000 debut release “In The Gait,” the Dappled Grays catapulted into the bluegrass spotlight, resulting in festival appearances around the country, radio airplay, feature articles in Bluegrass Unlimited and Flatpicking Guitar Magazine, and songs broadcast on MTV. “Doin’ My Job,” their 2007 release, garnered the band more national attention, with the single “The Night Life” reaching number one in Sirius/XM’s bluegrass category and remaining on the Roots Music Report’s charts for 40 consecutive weeks. More recently, the band and two of their songs were featured in Clint Eastwood’s film “Trouble with the Curve.”
These musicians’ abilities have not gone unnoticed by their industry peers – during the band’s sixteen years its members have shared the stage with such notables as Sugarland, Alison Krauss, John Driskell Hopkins (Zac Brown Band),The Whiskey Gentry, Joey & Rory, Bobby Hicks, Claire Lynch, and John Carlini just to name a few.
The Dappled Grays currently are playing in support of their forthcoming album, “Last Night, Tomorrow”.
Mandolinist, singer, and founding member of The Dappled Grays, Michael Smith is a major contributor to the band’s progressive bluegrass sound. He draws not only from his extensive experience with The Dappled Grays but through various projects he has produced for other prominent members of the Atlanta music community. In 2005, Smith toured with the multi-platinum country music group Sugarland.
Guitarist, singer and co-founder of The Dappled Grays, Casey Cook got his start in bluegrass as a child in his family’s band, “Special Cookin'”. Cook, along with his brother, was inducted into the North Florida Bluegrass Hall of Fame as the youngest professionally performing duo in Bluegrass. Cook’s skills developed over the years and others began to take notice of his aggressive playing style and tasteful execution. This led to a feature in Flatpicking Guitar Magazine which among other things showcased an original tune of Cook’s written along with bandmate Michael Smith.
Fiddler and vocalist Leah Calvert is the newest and youngest member of the Dappled Grays. Her unique vocal stylings have been a driving force in the band’s new sound. As a solo artist, Leah has earned a strong following and garnered the attention of many of Atlanta’s top acoustic musicians and promoters. She is a strong addition to The Dappled Grays.
Keith Morris is among the elite in bluegrass bass playing. After honing his skills at the University of Georgia School Of Music, Morris moved on to perform with various symphonies around Georgia. Along his musical journey, Morris has been fortunate enough to play with such Bluegrass luminaries as Claire Lynch and Alison Krauss.
Master five-string banjo player Greg Earnest brings the three T’s to the Dappled Grays: tone, taste, and timing. Greg is becoming a household name to many up and coming banjo players with his successful series of banjo instructional DVDs released through Banjo.com. He has also been a featured performer in Tom Key’s world-renowned musical Cotton Patch Gospel.