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VOTD: Shadowgrass “Get Up John”

Written by on May 31, 2024

“ShadowGrass: A Fresh Take on a Classic Tune”

ShadowGrass is a band recognized for infusing youthful energy into the classic tune “Get Up John” with their fast picking and fresh arrangements. The band, consisting of talented young musicians Presley Barker, Kyser George, Clay Russell, and Luke Morris, has been gaining attention in the bluegrass scene due to their dynamic performances and innovative approach to traditional tunes.

Their “Get Up John” performance at the IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) in September 2019 in Raleigh, North Carolina, stood out as it captured the essence of their musical philosophy. They successfully blended their style with the original composition, showcasing a balanced hallmark of excellent bluegrass music.

What Sets ShadowGrass Apart

What truly sets ShadowGrass apart is their remarkable ability to transcend traditional music while still utilizing traditional instrumentation. Each member brings their unique influences to the mix, resulting in a sound that is both comforting and novel. This distinctive approach has garnered them praise and a growing fan base eagerly anticipating their next musical venture.

The Impact of “Get Up John” on Modern Bluegrass
As ShadowGrass continues to perform “Get Up John” and other bluegrass classics, they contribute to the genre’s evolution. Their interpretations bridge the old and the new, inviting listeners of all ages to appreciate the rich history of bluegrass while enjoying its contemporary expression.


ShadowGrass’ rendition of “Get Up John” is more than just a cover; it’s a statement about the vitality of bluegrass music and its capacity for growth. As they carry the torch for the next generation of bluegrass musicians, we can only wait with anticipation to see how they will continue to shape the sound of this beloved genre.

You can find it on their website for those interested in experiencing ShadowGrass’s live music, tour dates, and more information. Whether you’re a long-time bluegrass fan or a newcomer to the genre, ShadowGrass is a band to watch.

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