Award winning multi-instrumentalist, composer and singer-songwriter Bruce Graybill got his start in professional music as a lead Guitarist touring with ‘The Ebony Blue Show Band.’ In 1982 he was introduced to Mandolin and Winfield, later marrying into the family that brought him to both. Awards include two first place wins, two third place and nine top five placements in Mandolin at the National Flat-pick Championships (Winfield). He is an endorsing artist for Weber fine acoustic Instruments and a former President of The Classical Mandolin Society of America Inc. Bruce currently performs solo, with the duo ‘Cordas Eclética,’ the Gypsy Jazz ensemble ‘Hot Strings Trio,’ and the ‘Wicked Stringbenders' in the Kansas City area. Bruce also teaches privately and conducts workshops. Notable performances include The Grand Ole Opry, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Classical Mandolin Society of America conventions across North America. Bruce’s playing can be heard on many Weber instrument marketing videos; the Rawhide Arch top Guitar, as well as many various A and F style models of Mandolins, Mandolas, Octave Mandolins and Mandocellos, all on the Weber website.
Bruce released his second solo CD ‘The Bell Effect’ in 2012 to rave reviews:
“Graybill’s arrangement of Charles Mingus's Goodbye Pork Pie Hat… one of the
best arrangements and performances of this song that l’ve ever heard.”
Hermon Joyner, Mandolin Magazine Fall 2012
“Bruce’s own ‘Nelleke’ is a special moment also, a sweet ballad
with a haunting melody, performed with great sensitivity”
John Goodin, The Mandolin Journal August 2012
The CD features his Mandolin arrangements of Jazz, Swing and Pop tunes with Bass, along with three Guitar and Mandolin tracks with the late Ray Bell, Bruce’s long-term concert partner and musical mentor.
1992 Solo album ‘Mandocranium, an acoustic string Fantasy.’
1993 ‘Live Bluegrass from the heart of America,’ with Drastic Measures
2006 ‘From Nashville and Back’ by Todd Hallawell
2012 Solo album ‘The Bell Effect.’ 2016 ‘Out of the Shadows’ by Jim Earle
Recordings of Bruce’s work by others:
2000 Resonance, by the Providence Mandolin Orchestra (The Walnut Valley Suite).
2006 ‘Puttin’ on the Ritz’ by the Atlanta Mandolin Orchestra (WVS Ritual Dance).
2006 ‘MandoCentrics’ self titled (The Walnut Valley Suite).
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