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Richard Morris & Friends All-Star Bluegrass Jam

New Harmonies Concert Celebrating Asbury Park’s Music Heritage - March 13, 2011

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L-R: Bob Harris, John Grubb, Mark Clifford, Richard Morris, Gary Oleyar

I am very excited about this show and proud to share the stage with these musicians!

Mark Clifford is a veteran bluegrass banjo player originally from Liberty Corner, NJ. In 1977 he co-founded The Cloverhill Band, considered to be one of NJ’s best country-rock bands, and later played with the award-winning progressive bluegrass band “99 Years”. His playing can be heard on Bruce Springsteen’s Grammy-winning “We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions” and “Where Have All The Flowers Gone: The Songs of Pete Seeger”. Mark is owner of Skylands Professional Audio and is principal sound designer for the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival. He also serves as executive director of the Skylands Music & Arts Festival. Mark currently lives in Blairstown, NJ with his wife and two children.

Bob Harris performed for 15 years with fiddle legend Vassar Clements and served as his musical director.  He was the first place winner of Guitar Player International’s “Ultimate Guitar Competition” in 1992.  Bob continues to record and produce music for both major and independent record labels, including a recent production credit for Johnny Cash’s “The Great Lost Performance”, recorded in 1990 at The Paramount Theater in Asbury Park, NJ.

Gary Oleyar has been playing the violin professionally for over 30 years. Gary has toured with Kenny Loggins and Jim Messina, Bob Seger, and many others. As a studio musician in Nashville, Gary recorded with talented artists such as Marty Stuart, Paul Leim, and Eddie Bayers.  He has made TV appearances with Eddie Raven, Pam Tillis, The Lynns (Loretta’s twins), Trisha Yearwood, Kenny Chesney, Billy Burnette (of Fleetwood Mac) and Mick Fleetwood’s Zoo.

John Grubb is one of the best young bassists in contemporary bluegrass music today.  As a member of NJ-based Railroad Earth, he spent seven years touring the country and helping build the band’s devoted fan base.  He recently joined the Emmit-Nershi Band, adding his virtuosic touch to the group’s pyrotechnic picking.

Richard Morris is a mandolinist and guitarist born in Red Bank NJ.  He is a member of Brooklyn’s M SHANGHAI STRING BAND, and the producer of their first three albums.  As a mastering engineer at New York studios Sterling Sound and Masterdisk, he collaborated on many hit albums of the last decade, including “Yonder Is The Clock” by The Felice Brothers, the BBC’s 2009 Country Album of The Year.  He currently works as a mastering engineer at Asbury Media in Asbury Park, NJ.