Posts Tagged ‘Atlanta Bluegrass’


The New South’s Deepest Revelry

November 6, 2014

Gurley banjo

Mark Lehi Jones is a “gimme the ball!” kinda banjo picker.  I saw that boy whip out “Love Roller Coaster” on a group of unsuspecting contemplative coffee house song writer types once.  You wanna get the attention of an entire room full of mellowed out strangers?  Whip out some Ohio Players at max volume on a banjo…that’ll do it!   He’s no girly man on the banjo….he’s more like the Gurley man. Rough-tough-in-your-face-dare-you-to-take-it-off-my-shoulder-carry-the-whole-team kinda banjo.

Speaking of the Gurley man, a certain iconic running back of the Georgia Bulldogs returns to the gridiron on Saturday November 15.   SOooooo…..We’ve got deal for you. Before you get ready for the big game, get your game face and your team colors on and come celebrate with the DejaBlue Grass Band on Friday Night NOVEMBER 14th on the eve of the 118th renewal of the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry at Napoleons Grill on LaVista Rd. in the Oak Grove area of Decatur.  We promise you we’re gonna give it 110%, play as a team, stay focused, keep our eye on the ball, and whatever other sports cliche’s that’ll get you out to boogie with us! Tell the sitter you’ll be home late.

The DejaBlue Grass Band

Live at Napoleons Grill

Friday Night, NOVEMBER 14th, 8ish

2836 Lavista Rd, Decatur, GA 30033


5 Reasons to see The DejaBlue Grass Band this Summer

June 27, 2013

DejaBlue boat pic 5

FIVE Reasons to see The DejaBlue Grass Band this Summer

1. We’ve totally disassociated ourselves from Paula Dean

Yup… Cut’er off before she even knew we existed.  Hey, everybody’s doin’ it. No more songs about biscuits, or cornbread, or butter beans…nothin’.  Hell, we won’t even eat Jimmy Dean sausage, or watch Dean Martin movies, or play Dean Markley strings.

2. We’re Monsanto-free 100% Organic! 

Okay, well at least our banjo plucker is.  Looking into his refrigerator, the only person who is a threat to his stash is Peter Rabbit.  Thought about writing a song about it, but it’s tough to rhyme words like “millet” and “quinoa”.  He is reminded often that he’s going to one lonely s.o.b. when he’s 114 years old…

3. We’re same-sex relationship friendly

In a seldom read briefing, the SCOTUS says it is perfectly legal for 5 guys to be in a relationship built on harmony, love, passion, and performance.  We call it the DejaBlue Grass Band…not that there’s anything wrong with that!

4. We won’t spy on you

Unless of course you request “Wagon Wheel”, or “Rocky Top, or “Man of Constant Sorrow”. Then we wait till you fall asleep, douse your undies in acorn scent and send in a team of rabid squirrels.  Seriously, I googled it and the NSA said it was okay.

5. The IRS will not audit you if you donate to us. 

How do you make a million dollars in bluegrass??  You start with 2(million).  Bluegrass is the only hobby where a guy can load up $5,000 worth of sound equipment, a $6,000 guitar, pay $75 to fill up the tank to make a couple hundred bucks.

Now….5 Gigs where YOU can see the DejaBlue Grass Band THIS SUMMER!

Saturday 6/27  6:30PM

Hand In Hand Pub

Highland Terrace NE Atlanta, GA 30306 404-872-1001
Friday, July 5th   8:00
Red Top Mountain Bluegrass Series (Night#1 of 2)
Red Top Mtn State Park
50 Lodge Rd SE Cartersville, GA 30121
Saturday, July 6th   8:00
Red Top Mountain Bluegrass Series (Night#2 of 2)
50 Lodge Rd SE Cartersville, GA 30121
Saturday, July 20th   8:00
(w/ Caroline & The Ramblers)
553 Amsterdam Avenue Northeast Atlanta, GA 30306
Saturday, Sept 14th
On the square in Pickens, SC!

There once was a band from Nantucket…

March 12, 2013

A limerick…for St. Patty’s Day (In your best “Tom from Downton Abbey” voice)

There once was a band, DejaBlue Grass

Piled high with some pop and some newgrass

So throw on your green

Drink a Guiness or three

For a St. Patty’s gig that a true gas!

Yeah, pretty weak and campy, I know…. Couldn’t figure anything that rhymes with grass and doesn’t refer to your backside. Momma’s watchin’, y’know.  Besides, Limericks aren’t even Irish (thanks, Google).  Turns out Edward Lear was the guy…a bloody Englishman…who lives nowhere near Nantucket.

But you really should join us.  We rarely get to the top end and we’re excited to be with our Roswell friends.  Please help us spread the word.  Great cause benefitting Cystic Fibrosis, put on by our good friend and fine musician in his own right, Mr. Chip Jones.    It’s a crawfish boil, which I’m not sure is terribly Irish either, but we’re all kinda mutts anyway. We’ll drink to that.  Course, we’ll drink to anything. 🙂

Click the picture up top for the deets.


PS- We’re BAAACK…at the Red Light Cafe on Thursday 3/28, for the first time in over a year.   More details to come soon.


Julie K. Shaw revisited

May 17, 2012

Back in January,  we lost our dear friend Julie K. Shaw after an 18-month battle with cancer.  I wrote a song in her honor called “I’m Doing Fine” (Julie’s Song).  One week from tonight, Thursday, May 24th, the DejaBlue Grass Band will take the stage at the Redlight Cafe on Amsterdam Ave.   Thanks to Cody Marshall, Matt Duren on piano, and CMA studios, we finished a new fully produced version with harmony and instrumentation,  in honor of Julie and her family.   It took months longer than I anticipated to pull this project together but I’m pleased with the way the song turned out and I hope you will be too.

On Thursday, we will have  special edition CD’s printed to sell at our gig with the new version of the song, and (if I can work it) a copy of the video that Tim sent me (many of you saw at her funeral).  Every nickel will go to Tim, Kyla, and Lawson.  Our suggested donation will be $5-10 but you can give what you feel moved to give.

As an added bonus, Mark Lehi Jones, Keith Stewart , and I will perform “I’m Doing Fine” (Julie’s Song) live between sets.  We promise you a partying good time.  No frowns allowed.  Julie wouldn’t have it any other way.  It’ll be a night to celebrate how blessed we all are and to focus on the Shaw family.

PLEASE help us spread the word!!  We want to pack the place and raise a ton of money for Julie and her family on Thursday night.  Please tell everyone you know.


It’s 5 O’clock somewhere but it’s 420 this weekend in the ATL!!

April 14, 2011

We’re kickin’ into high gear this weekend!!

April 17th, 4PMSweetwater 420 Festival, Candler Park, Atlanta. This has quickly grown into one of the best festivals in the city and this year sports a fantastic line-up of music all weekend highlighted by GalacticRailroad Earth, Arrested Development, GreenSky Bluegrass and others! We’re on the Gas South stage at 4PM.


Hic Et Ubique in Spring

March 2, 2011

Man, the ol’ groundhog wasn’t foolin’ around, was he? Soon as he popped up to take a look around, we started having the prettiest Feb I can remember in a long time. Hope that plays right on into March and April because The DejaBlue Grass Band is getting cranked up with a couple new dates to kick off the season! Before you get too busy, take a look at your calendar and leave a little wiggle room to come wiggle with the DjBGB. We’re working on several new tunes that we think you’ll like.

WRFG’s Peach Blossom Festival, April 2, 2011. Lotta good friends we’ve made over the years at the PeachBlossom.   The new venue at the Clarkston Community Center is much better than the one in previous years when it was down at the Ga Farmer’s Market.   Looking forward to seeing our friends Cedar Hill, Whoa Nelly, Johnny Roquemore, and really looking forward to seeing the Mosier Brothers Band and Counterpoint, among others.

Sweetwater 420 Fest, April 17th, 2011. We played Candler Park’s Fall Festival and we are thrilled to be invited to play this year’s Sweetwater 420.   It’s a festival we’ve attended many times, and it’s an honor for us to play it this year.   Word has it that Greensky Bluegrass and Railroad Earth will be the main attractions.  We will be playing on the auxiliary stage.


Freezin’ our grass off!

February 11, 2011

DjBGB, in a warmer time, at the Candler Park Fall Festival,  2010

Yes,  always looking for cheeky “grass” references whenever possible…bad boys that we are. So both the Punxsutawny prognosticator AND Beauregard Lee predict an early Spring, and I hope those varmits are right, by god, because we are ready! It’s colder than a gobler’s knob. The DjBGB is busting at the seams to get out in some warm weather and play some bluegrass.  ‘Course if we don’t stop  packing on the winter poundage, we might bust’em anyway… but fear not, we’ll be in Speedo shape soon enough. Ladies, contain yourselves.

I think the entire city of Atlanta is ready for some warm weather and we oughta have a great spring full of festivals and music in the city. Matter of fact, we’re kicking around some opportunities right now as we come out of hybernation,.  We should have some new gigs up on our website soon.  New tunes, too. I hope y’all’ll come out and join us!

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