is a multi-instrumentalist from Frostburg, MD. He tours regionally with progressive bluegrassers The Plate Scrapers from Bluemont, VA and Pittsburgh, PA's high energy oldtime/swing band the Jakob's Ferry Stragglers .
When close to home Jody plays with Folk 'Em All Trio with Fiddlin' Ray Bruckman and Byrne Klay. This group occasionally doubles as the backing band for long time Garcia/Grisman collaborator Joe Craven. They have performed together as Joe Craven & The Y'allterations at legendary bluegrass and roots festivals such as DelFest and Suwanee Roots Revival. He has performed all across the the United States from Seattle, WA to the Keys of Florida.
Jody has taught guitar, mandolin, dobro, banjo and bass as a day job since 2005. After graduating from Frostburg State University and leaving a 5 year career in the hotel business, Jody has since shared the stage with music greats such as Del McCoury, The Travelin' McCourys, Steve Kaufman, Johnny Staats, Peter Rowan, Jeff Austin, Drew Emmitt, Cris Jacobs, Andy Thorn, Larry Keel and Cabinet. In 2013 he won 1st place in the Watermelon Park Fest Guitar Flat-Picking Competition. Along with a rigorous teaching and performing schedule, Jody also works as a live sound and studio engineer and has produced albums for local and regional artists.
His solo release entitled, 'Hands Full,' is out now!
Photo by Karen Morgan